M.F.K. Fisher has that quote about the tangerine segments on the radiator. The insides plump up and the outsides dry out. For her, there is no greater pleasure.
Well, this is the inverse of that, clementines chilled on a metal pan, plumped by a whisper of dark chocolate. Cold juicy citrus is a profound pleasure, and one I don't create for myself enough. Perhaps we dream of oranges warming in the Florida sun, but I prefer them cooled in the refrigerator.
These are more refreshing than chocolate-covered strawberries, more delicate than chocolate-dipped orange peel. As M.F.K. Fisher writes about her precious tangerines, "My pleasure in them is subtle and voluptuous and quite inexplicable. I can only write how they are prepared."
Peel and separate three clementines. Melt two heaping tablespoons of dark chocolate in a bowl (microwave or double-boiler, whatever you like). Mix two clementines in the chocolate. Lay the chocolate-covered and non-covered segments out on a metal tray and put in the freezer for 15 minutes. Eat immediately, otherwise they will freeze and that's another thing entirely.
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