If I lived in a perfect world….

So growing up I listened to a lot of punk music (still do). There was a group called Guttermouth that had a song called Perfect World. The song highlights all the things they would want in a perfect world. Got me thinking about all the things I would want in a perfect world. So here they are, in no particular order.

*The news would have to stop scaring people with stupid stuff. Telling me at 3pm, “you could you die from eating your dinner tonight. Find out at 11pm.” Find out at 11? If I am really going to die from my dinner, don’t you think you should give me a heads up before 11? In fact, go ahead a interrupt Oprah for me. It wont matter if I don’t get to find out some of Oprah’s favorite things if I can say, prevent myself from killing me and my family. Just saying.

*Hockey would be just as popular as Football. In fact, more popular. This would actually help men a lot in certain areas of their life. See, I don’t know if you watch the NFL, but there are a large amount of commercials for erectile dysfunction. LARGE amounts. It seems almost every other commercial is one. Apparently football watchers can’t get it up (yes, I know you are going to send me large amounts of hate mail). :) But watch a hockey game. Especially one being broadcast from Canada. Those commercials are usually for pizza and beer. Hmmm. Pizza and beer? Or non-functioning penis action? You decide.

*Reality shows would have to skip to the good parts. Sure, that would mean that the show would only be 4 minutes, but hey, I’m in charge in my perfect world. I don’t need two hours of the Biggest Loser. In fact, just make the whole show be them getting on the scale and weighing in. Then show me what the person who got voted off how they look today. No crying, vomiting, yelling, etc.

*Fake stars like Heidi Montag (btw- why the heck did you mess up your banging body with horrid looking breast?) and other Hills cast members don’t get to be popular. I don’t need to know where they shop. Or where they are getting coffee. Or that they are “just like me” because they pump their own gas. Oh yeah, we are so alike.

*No kids get to get sick. Ever. Just not fair. And only pain in the ass adults should get to get sick. Of course, I am a pain in the ass adult, so I would probably get stuck getting sick, but I would still enforce that rule.

*I would come out with a new food pyramid. One where bacon is the entire bottom. Swedish Fish, Whoppers, Toffee, and Red Vines become their own special food group, that you are encouraged to eat daily. We can keep fruits and veggies, just not force them on people. And I wont segregate them into starches. French Fries are indeed a vegetable. They are a really awesome vegetable when you fry them in duck fat.

*Whatever my horoscope says, actually has to happen (only the good ones like winning the lottery). Same thing with fortune cookies.

*I get to have all of Jerome Iginla and Danny Briere’s hockey skills…but still get to keep my winning good looks. ;)

*And of course, everyone gets to eat dessert whenever they want….even before dinner. Or heck, as dinner.

Case in point, this here Baked Mocha Pudding, topped with Chocolate Mousse. If you are not a coffee fan, just leave the espresso powder out of them.

Chocolate Mousse Topped Baked Mocha Pudding

1 recipe chocolate mousse (I used this one)
2 Heath Toffee Bars, crushed

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup half and half
1 tsp instant espresso powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
6 large egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar

For Puddings:

Preheat oven to 300F.

Bring cream, half and half, and espresso powder to a boil. Place chocolate into a heat proof bowl and pour cream mixture over chocolate.

Let chocolate sit for 2 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Let cool for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, vanilla extract, salt, and sugar.

Whisking quickly and constantly, pour the chocolate cream mixture in a slow and steady stream to the egg yolk mixture.

Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large liquid measuring cup and let sit in fridge for 10 minutes.

Place ramekins (I used 4 ounce ones, will make about 7) into a deep baking pan. Pour custard evenly among the ramekins. Fill the baking pan with water, just until the water reaches the middle of the ramekin, creating a water bath.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. They will still jiggle in the middle (don’t we all :) ) but will set more as they cool.

Cool on a wire rack at room temperature for 1 hour. Then move to fridge for at least 4 hours.

To serve, pipe chocolate mousse on top of the baked puddings and top with toffee pieces.


  1. Mmmm, intensely decadent! but I agree-desert all the time, not so sure about the horoscopes and fortunes, sometimes they’re not so good.

  2. hee hee, good post! YES, swedish fish should be a food group!!

  3. Love your list! : )
    And I wouldn’t mind having a little bowl of this goodness either. Looks amazing.

  4. That sounds like a world I could live in. Especially that part about bacon and whoppers, eliminating the crying and vomiting and product placement- extra gum is not only just as good as food it’s better!

  5. Oh my…this looks heavenly!

  6. Mmmm…. that looks amazing!

    And yeah.. you think football games have a ton of erectile dysfunction commercials?? Try watching golf on TV. Yikes. Tiger Woods may have no problems in that area, but apparently a lot of his viewers/fans do.

  7. I left you something on my blog :)

  8. Thank you for avoiding wanting world peace in a perfect world. It would be nice, but hard to believe that it would include competitive sports like hockey…and that is unthinkable! Great looking pudding and brilliant to top with mousse AND toffee pieces…perfect!

  9. I agree with you on everything – and would add that people who are mean to others should be punished by never, NEVER eating dessert again. As in forever. :)

    That is luscious, Pea – look at that color! I’m drooling.

  10. Love. This. Post. Can I live in your perfect world too? I especially like your ideal food pyramid :) Pudding looks great too! I’d like to leave out the chocolate and just make it coffee LOL.

  11. Wow, that looks so good!

    We did have dessert (sticky toffee pudding) before dinner last night, and it was quite nice. Maybe we will have to do that more often.

  12. OMG, that is so tempting! A fabulous mousse!



  13. But… when they show what they look like now on The Biggest Loser, that’s when *I* cry! Ha ha ha.

    I think when they were talking about your dinner killing you, they were reading your mind about having dessert for dinner ;) Just kidding. I would gladly have this for a last “meal” anyway!

  14. Love your ideas for a perfect world! My perfect world for today would include a bowl of this mousse. Yum!

  15. Amen! Yay for the new and improved food pyramid, bacon is the new veggie!

  16. oh and hand me a spoon for dessert please! (sorry to comment twice, I know I shouldn’t in an ideal world)

  17. Ahhhh a perfect world would be nice. I also totally agree with you about hockey. Being a Devils fan I’m always watching their games and rarely see anything about “gettin’ it up” problems :)

    Also this dessert looks awesome. I really need a chocolate pick me up today and this would be perfect.

  18. Your perfect world sounds pretty nice. In my perfect world, that would be sitting in front of me right now. Who needs dinner when you have chocolate?

    I’m going to my first NHL game tonight – woohoo! I agreed to go in part because you rave about hockey so much, now I can see what it’s all about for myself.

  19. This looks incredible, Peabody!

  20. Our perfect worlds have a lot of things in common, especially with the food pyramid – pork fat rules!!!!!

  21. That sounds like a great world, and this looks like a delicious dessert!

  22. Go ahead and follow that one rule – eating dessert first. You know, in case your dinner does in fact kill you.

    I’m a sucker for anything with toffee!

  23. Love the list and the recipe!! I truly enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for the honest comments, the wonderful pictures and the delicious recipes!

  24. In my perfect world, I would eat a huge vat of that pudding/mousse you made without gaining a pound. YUM! :D

  25. I love this post! I do believe we have some very similar feelings about life and what our perfect world should consist of. And to top it off, that recipe! Wow!! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  26. And furthermore…darn! I forgot, this is your perfect world list, not mine.
    Please consider a complete ban of cilantro, the devil’s herb.
    Ta, I would be most grateful.

    Love the pud!

  27. Just wanted to say thank you,I was having a bit of a bad day and your post really lifted me.In my perfect world there would be no mean people to get you down!

  28. Gorgeous! What a great combination of flavors…chocolate and mocha :-)

  29. I so agree on so many levels with so much of this!

  30. In my perfect world this dessert would be on the breakfast menu every day.

    I love your rules, and here is my addition: when getting photos taken for passports and drivers licenses, professional make-up and hairstylists would be on hand, and most definitely soft glowing light would abound to take the picture with. I detest fluorescent lighting!

  31. I wish I lived in your perfect world too…where I could eat this! I love your spunk! You have such a great outlook!

  32. I absolutely agree about Hockey being more popular that Football.

    And Oh MY GAWD I’m going to have to make that dessert sometime soon. Hmmm… I wonder if I have the correct pots. They look absolutely delish!

  33. If I lived in a perfect world, I could eat this mousse for breakfast, lunch and dinner – YUM!

  34. Totally agree!!!…except the hockey stuff- that I have no clue about.

    That mocha pudding definitely belongs to a perfect world!

  35. That looks divine!

  36. I love your food pyramid! French fries with ketchup is two vegetable servings. Bonus!

  37. Yowee. Toffee on TOP of a chocolate mousse? Right up my alley!

    Your food pyramid has a lot going for it; it should perhaps, just for me, have an arm for gin.

    In my mind, hockey IS as important as football. I was from Red Wing territory.

    Not fair that Medicare pays for

  38. That looks amazing! And I totally agree about Heidi – what was she thinking?!

  39. if i ever lived in your world i’d be a fat mama but probably a happy fat mama with all these luscious treats you dish up!

  40. I try not to watch a lot of football, but occasionally I am forced to. Next time I watch a game I will have to count how many ED commercials air. That made me laugh out loud.

    And in my perfect world, Heidi Montag and her stupid asshole husband would just dissappear. I don’t want bodily harm to come to them, I just want them to stop forcing themselves into my life.

  41. I love Guttermouth! I haven’t listened to them in forever…but saw them live in Flagstaff about 5 years ago. Amazingly hilarious show! Also..this pudding looks delicious!

  42. Thank you so much for this recipe!! I had starred it for a special occasion and made it for my husband and I today- on Valentine’s Day!

    It was FAB!! … Although my piping certainly didn’t look as good :)

    Thanks again!!

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