Jane Austen moment in Persuasion
But Mary did not give into it very graciously, whether from not considering Captain Benwick entitled by birth and situation to be in love with an Elliot, or from not wanting to believe Anne a greater attraction to Uppercross than herself, must be left to be guessed. Anne's good-will, however, was not to be lessened by what she heard. She boldly acknowledged herself flattered, and continued her enquiries.
"Oh! he talks of you," cried Charles, "in such terms--" Mary interrupted him. "I declare, Charles, I never heard him mention Anne twice all the time I was there. I declare, Anne, he never talks of you at all."
"No," admitted Charles, "I do not know that he ever does, in a general way; but however, it is a very clear thing that he admires you exceedingly. His head is full of some books that he is reading upon your recommendation, and he wants to talk to you about them; he has found out something or other in one of them which he thinks-- oh! I cannot pretend to remember it, but it was something very fine--I overheard him telling Henrietta all about it; and then `Miss Elliot' was spoken of in the highest terms! Now Mary, I declare it was so, I heard it myself, and you were in the other room. `Elegance, sweetness, beauty.' Oh! there was no end of Miss Elliot's charms."
"And I am sure," cried Mary, warmly, "it was a very little to his credit, if he did. Miss Harville only died last June. Such a heart is very little worth having; is it, Lady Russell? I am sure you will agree with me."
"I must see Captain Benwick before I decide," said Lady Russell, smiling.
Chocolate & Praline Mendiant - Mendiant au chocolat et pralin
Adapted from Vie Pratique Gourmand magazine Dec 2011
Ingredients for about 15 mendiants
200g milk chocolate or dark chocolate ( chopped )
30g fined chopped praline
60g almond halved
40g diced dried apricot
1) Melt chopped chocolate on bain marie/ double boiler till smooth & shinny texture . Stir in finely chopped praline & mix till well combined.
2) Spoon a tablespoon of melted chocolate onto a parchment paper –lined baking sheet & spread to a circle 5 cm in diameter by using the back of a spoon , making 15 circles . Topped with nuts & chopped dried apricots . Chilled them for at least 3 hours .
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