On the third Wednesday of every month, my Bible study ladies meet for lunch. We are a mixed group of ladies: some are young with kids in diapers, some are very seasoned and wise, and some of us are right smack in the middle.
On a typical luncheon Wednesday we all pitch in and bring our assigned food item, but being that it is "Valentine's week" as my friend Darcy says, I offered to make and bring lunch for everyone today.
Beautiful chocolate bowls filled with fresh strawberries, blueberries and, of course, a few raspberries.
Not to worry, I also made a yummy chicken salad with red grapes and cashews to load up on fresh mini croissants, and stalks of blanched asparagus, marinated in an vinaigrette dressing, then wrapped with a stripe of pimento.
And as my mother taught me years ago ...
It's all about color, balance and presentation.
Blow up balloons to be whatever size you want your bowl to be. Water balloons work the best.
Melt your chocolate according to the instructions on the bag. I always go with the microwave instructions.
Spray the balloon with Pam and wipe a little off, then dip the balloon in the chocolate. If your bowl is shallow, you may need to swirl the balloon around a bit.
Then let the chocolate harden on a foil lined cookie sheet. Hint: Before placing them down on the cookie sheet you may need to hold the balloon upside down for a minute or two to avoid all the chocolate from sliding down and forming a puddle.
When the chocolate is completely hardened, pop the balloon with a pin.
And there you have it ... fill and serve.
Oh, one last hint: When you lift the balloon off the cookie sheet, sometimes there is a hole in the bottom, just melt a bit more chocolate and patch up that hole.
As you can imagine, the fillings are endless ...
Brownie a la mode, oh my!