Blanc-Manger with orange blossom water and pistacchio

[HAPPY VEGGIE]  If I tell you tartare and fries, pizza, beer and sausage, will you answer me testosterone and football match? Is this innate or acquired taste? Do you have to be a man to like sausage and a woman to like salad? Do you think there is a feminine touch when it comes to cooking?

Yesterday, I had some thinking about this because we were having a girls dinner. Girls only – dinner. I was in charge with the dessert. Well, what would be an ideal girls dessert? pavlova? chocolate? tapiocal pearls?..At the end I wanted something light and fun..just like our small talks! something cute and appealing… just like us! and primary and foremost something that would be really good and tasty

So I came with a blanc manger fragranced with orange blossom and pistacchio , a blend between a mouhallabieh, a delicious Lebanese rice cream, and a Morrocan orange salad flavored with mint and cinnamon.  You name it, I wanted to bring some sun along!

Blanc manger fleur d'oranger pistaches

Blanc manger fleur d’oranger pistaches

For 6, 35′, easy: 3 oranges, mint, orange blossom, 250g of soft white cheese, 100g of mascarpone, 50g of agar agar  (you can also use some gelatine for a softer texture, but it is extracted from pork bones, so I’m not totally at ease..), 4 ss of sugar , 1 handful of pistacchios, cinnamon (optional), honey (optional)  

1- Peel the oranges and slice them. Add a ts of blossom water, 3 sprifs of mint and a pinch of cinnamon

2- Melt the agar agar in 250 ml of water. Retrieve from fire and add white soft cheese, mascarpone, orange blossom water and sugar . Let it cool a little

3- In a mold arrange the slices of orange in the bottom. Pour the liquid on it and let it fully cool

To serve : unmold the blanc manger. Use the remaining oranges and pistacchios to ornate. If you wish, you can pour some honey here and there. When you slice it the oranges will add a beautiful touch of colour. Enjoy!

NUTRIgastronomie: Orange Blossom water is a natural soothing ingredient that will enhance your sleep. Agar agar is naturally very filling so perfect for diets..

What about you? what do you like to prepare when you have a girls night? do you have some special dish? Please share!:)