Some of our guests at Odyssey have visited us many times and keep coming back, like the Dutch family van Diesen. Pieter, his wife Elise and their children Willem and Jolijn have become great friends. When they stayed at Odyssey in April they followed a cooking lesson in which we made this super delicious chocolate mousse with orange marmalade.
Poems about Poros
The van Diesen family has been coming to Poros since 2010 and immediately felt at home. They are all inspired by the island, but Pieter (51) in a very special way. Pieter is a poet and a philosopher and likes to put his love for Poros into words. Beautiful words that we are both happy to share with you.
Pieter started writing the way most people do: At school. Immediately he was captivated by the power of words. He became older – a student, lover, friend, man, guitar player, singer, Logistics engineer, philosopher, father, wiser, depressed, fanatical, occupational health expert, football player and teacher – roughly in that order.
Inspiration to write
He always felt inspired to write. Pieter takes poetic freedom seriously, but not too much. His poems tend to relativise. They show relations in a way that makes life bearable and sometimes even funny. Sometimes his poems are painful observations of the dark side of life. Coming closer to him than reading his poems is not possible.
Please enjoy Pieter’s poems and see his family make the chocolate mousse with orange marmalade on this blog!
The island and the sea
The wind and the tree
You and me
Will never be separated
That is what makes me free
A king is coming to our island!
Don’t worry about what to say
He has heard it all being said in many ways
Don’t worry where he will sleep
He will close his eyes and his dreams are deep
Just cook for him the finest dishes you can
He will get acquainted with the best products of the land
The island shares its royalty with every man
Sail away from Poros and your heart will break
Don’t be afraid! The pain will fade
Memories will enter your heart and mend it
The desire to return starts when the holiday has ended
Sit back and smile
A summer breeze is like a memory
Yesterday comes sailing by
Brings back thoughts of the Odyssey
You close your eyes and sigh
Smell the herbs and cooking odors
Taste the wine and olive oil
Sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers
Come and feel the love on Poros soil
A recipe is not about the ingredients
And not about the way you put them all together
It is all about the love for people
That makes each meal taste so much better
Making Chocolate Mousse With Orange Marmalade
Let us show you how we made the chocolate mousse with orange marmalade! The son was not there during this cooking class, daughter Jolijn in this picture is cooking with her boyfriend. They are melting the pieces of chocolate with the cream and create a rich creamy mixture.
Pieter continues and stirs the chocolate mousse, in the meantime we whip the remaining cream to stiff peaks.
We add the zest of the orange to the chocolate mousse, stir it some more and let it cool.
When the chocolate mousse is cooled, we spoon it into small glasses and put the whipped cream on top.
To finish, we add the orange marmalade. Of course you can use any decoration you like. A great idea is to decorate the chocolate mousse with edible flowers for a beautiful and refreshing presentation!