Making friends is stressful.
I have to be brave enough to ask you to see me outside of whatever we have in common. That means I have to come up with an activity that we would both enjoy. Small talk is probably going to be involved. Alcohol would make it easier (and hopefully make me funnier), but then I might come off as an alcoholic. And who knows what you’re going to say about me to other people afterwards.
Making new friends is more stressful than dating.
Some days I wish there were an outlet for online friending. I could advertise to the world what I’m looking for:
Someone whom I can hang out with and gossip with and go to random artistic performances with (I’m thinking ballet, burlesque and circus… and the occasional country fair).
Someone who enjoys eating obscene amounts of jelly-beans while watching chick flicks. Popcorn and bourbon sours recommended but not required.
Someone who PVRs the occasional episode of Jeopardy!.
Someone who will text me aggressively at 6am until I agree to get out of bed and go to bootcamp with them, and then spend the whole class complaining with me. And occasionally come out for hot chocolate and cinnamon buns afterwards.
So if that sounds like you, please email me.
I suppose to make this fair, you could first read all about me. Also, I should point out that I just made chocolate mousse. That’s like a chocolate pillow of fluffy goodness. That you can eat. With me.
Adapted from The Food Network
three ounces (85g) milk chocolate
two and a half ounces (70g) dark chocolate
one and three quarters cups whipping cream
three egg whites
two tablespoons sugar
Melt chocolate over a double boiler. I just put my large metal mixing bowl directly over a small pot of boiling water. We don’t always need to be fancy. Once everything’s melted, set aside to cool slightly.
In a separate bowl, whip the whipping cream. Set that aside as well.
In another bowl (or a stand mixer; now we’re getting fancy again) whip the egg whites and sugar until you get stiff, glossy peaks. Make sure your bowl is really clean and there’s no oil around, or your egg whites will deflate.
Fold the egg white fluff and the whipped cream (reserve about a cup for the topping) into the chocolate and stir until just combined. Spoon into pretty glasses or jars (fancy) or just leave it in the same bowl (not fancy). Top with the reserved whipped cream and some chocolate shavings (so fancy). Leave it in the fridge for a few hours before serving; serve cold.