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A Moment of Bliss
Time is fluid and variable. We've all experienced the Day That Will Never End, as well as the Amazing Vanishing Summer. It is most often when we look back, that we discover the moments, the hours, the days that are to be treasured. There is a skill in experiencing the present fully -- so fully that we suspend time and recognize the absolute greatness of now.

It wasn't a surprise. There was a hint in the anticipation. Diners are requested to order the soufflé at the beginning of the meal to provide time for its preparation. There is always a value in new tastes, and something extra special about a dessert with this lead-time. We waffled over chocolate versus orange, but my ice cream nature prevailed. The true quality of an ice cream is demonstrated in its pure vanilla offering. We choose the orange to taste a more pure presentation of the base flavor and textures.

The moment began with presentation. A miniature version of the earthen crock used for a hardy cassoulet, it was the base for a pouf of delicate crust. The surface of the soufflé was golden, with a generous sprinkling of sugar, some of it caramelized by the heat of the crust. The waiter broke the crust with a tap, revealing the airy center. Steam puffed out, to be replaced by the cream sauce poured in as the last of the presentation. He left us to it.

One tiny bite. A bit of sugary crust, a body of soft heat contrasting with the thick, cool cream. Sweet orange flavor partnered with the bite of the liqueur in the cream. Intense flavor spurred my salivary glands into action. There was no need to chew -- merely a long, slow press of the heart of it with my tongue against the roof of my mouth. Each bite that followed was a repeat of the first. My chest warmed to the heat of it as it descended down my throat, and my body flushed at the pleasure of the flavor.

My first Grand Marnier Soufflé.


The preceding has been my entry for LJ Idol Season 5, Topic 3, A Moment of Bliss

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This is so well written! YUM!

Oh, yummy! I could almost taste it. Well done.

It's still one of my fave desserts. As it happens, roina_arwen makes a killer Orange Bread Pudding that rivals this. :)

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Gosh, now I really want one! :)

It's definitely worth searching out. :)

Oh, wow. That is some delicious food writing. Food erotica, even! What a perfect choice of moment.

Why thank you. I'm rather fond of food erotica, actually. envoy occasionally writes quite the racy pieces. :)

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This sounds delightful. You've made me hungry.

Now the trick is to find something to eat that will satisfy that hunger through as many of your senses as possible. :)

I could actually taste and smell it because you described it so well.

I'm one of those people who eats mindfully, savoring textures and colors as well as flavor, so I can really appreciate your moment of bliss.

Thank you! I don't often try to describe tastes and smells. I'm glad this piece worked so well. :)

I haven't had a souffle since...wow, I don't remember! But I do remember how intrigued by the texture contrasts. It's a pity that they're so tempermental.

Now you've made me hungry!

I've only had success at cheese soufflés. Also quite yummy, of course. :)

MMMMM. Delicious.

And souffles are good too!

*grin* Great job!

This is definitely one of those restaurant desserts that leaves me wanting more, rather than leaving any behind on the plate. :)

So yummy.

Actually I have never tried a souffle. Something perhaps to remedy.

I highly recommend it, when you have the opportunity. :)

mmmm. I want some. I have been waiting for someone to write about food.

I haven't had time to start reading yet. You mean there aren't dozens of delicious desserts in the docket for me?