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Monday, April 22, 2013

Simple Scrumptious Strawberry Mousse


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...To think they said it wouldn't last. Yet here we are, 50 years, 2 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the impossible union that still seems to be working. The Silver Fox and I had a wonderful weekend and can't wait to see what the next 50 years bring. The suitcases have been unpacked and I'm back in the kitchen, putting together the dishes that I'll be featuring this week. The first of them is very simple and I highly recommend it to you when strawberries are truly in season and at the peak at the peak of flavor. I had to help the berries I used by boosting their flavor with a teaspoon of strawberry extract which can be found in most large supermarkets. I also substituted an 8-ounce container of non-dairy topping for the whipped cream used in the original recipe. The mousse is delicious when made with heavy cream or a mixture of cream and whipped topping, but we've had a weekend of caloric overload and it seemed judicious to cut back where I could. You will love the simplicity of this recipe and I guarantee you'll love the flavor of this mousse-like creation. The original recipe, developed by Lisa Sewall appears below. This weekend I was asked to share the recipe for a long and happy marriage. Truth is, there isn't one, but I have a couple of thoughts to share with you. Despite the temptation, never coast. You have to work at this thing. Perhaps even more important, don't both of you go crazy at the same time. Marriage is like a seesaw and one of you has to hold it together when the other guy is down. Above all keep, your sense of humor and learn to laugh at yourself as well as the love of your life. That ability to laugh is really important. I'd put my prescription in recipe format but there are too few ingredients and too many variables to make it workable for all. Just remember to preheat that oven.

Strawberry Mousse...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Lisa Sewall

Ingredients:
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped (about 4 cups)
1/2 cup superfine sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 envelope (1 scant tablespoon) unflavored powdered gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1-1/4 cups heavy cream
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries (for garnish)

Directions:
1) Combine sugar and  1 pound of strawberries in bowl of a food processor. Process until a smooth puree forms. Pour puree into a large bowl and stir in lemon juice. You should have about 2-1/2 cups puree.
2)  Place water in a small microwave bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the water. Let it sit a few minutes until softened. Microwave on High power until gelatin dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from microwave and slowly whisk gelatin into the strawberry puree.
3) In a bowl, beat cream until it holds soft peaks. Gently fold cream into the strawberry mixture. Divide mousse among 8 bowls or ramekins. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set. Just before serving, garnish each bowl or ramekin with sliced berries. Yield: 8 servings.








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35 comments:

Angie Schneider said...

I am so glad that you two had a great weekend!
A very beautiful and creamy mousse.

SallyBR said...

What a wonderful milestone! My Mom and Dad celebrated 60 years together, I doubt I'll make it to your milestone, as we got married late (second marriage for us both)

Congratulations! I love the mousse you picked to start the road on the second 50 years... I haven't had strawberry mousse since I was a teenager! (cannot quite believe it, but such is life)

Foodycat said...

Very wise words. Paul and I are both sick today and it makes me realise how much harder it is when the seesaw is down for both of you!

Gwen said...

What a perfect Spring treat! We love strawberries!

Hovkonditorn said...

What a lovely mousse! Wow 50 years!

Ginny said...

This is beautiful. Happy, happy anniversary!!!!

Susan said...

Congratulations at reaching such a great milestone. Many blessings to both of you for the years ahead.

Laurie said...

congratulations!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Well congrats on 50 years Mary! That's truly a beautiful thing-enjoy:@)

Anonymous said...

Mary, love your blog and have saved many of your recipes. I couldn't have stated my own thoughts on making a marriage work (i.e., making it happy) better. I might have put the sense of humor first, but maybe not. I will say our 27 years (2nd marriage) have been peppered with laughter. So important! :)

Guru Uru said...

Happy Anniversary my friend, what a beautiful mousse for such a special event :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

mike ridlehuber said...

Great advise and happy 50th!
I think I need to try that mousse!

ahu said...

50 years! that is incredible! The mousse looks delicious.

Kathy said...

Happy Anniversary, Mary! 50 years is such an accomplishment!! Congratulations!!

Your strawberry mousse looks delicious…I can’t wait to give it a try!!

David said...

Mary, Congratulations on that major anniversary! Wishing you both 50 more years... Wish you weren't leaving Blogger. I won't tweet or do Facebook and email just isn't practical for me. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Young Adventures... said...

Congratulations on 50 years of marriage. The mousse looks delicious Mary. I just sent you a friend request on Facebook .

Velva said...

Happy Anniversary! Looks like you celebrated it well.

A beautiful simple dessert.

Velva

Kim G. said...

These really looks simple and GOOODDD!!!! I can't wait to have great local strawberries!

Joanne said...

Wow!! MAJOR congratulations my dear! This mousse looks so gloriously light and fluffy!

Melinda said...

Congratulations to you and The Silver Fox on a remarkable milestone!

M:)

Daniela Grimburg said...

Congratulations Mary for this very special celebration!
Wow 50 years, that's impressive.
The strawberry mousse looks so good,
I would love to try it :)

Bunny said...

Happy Anniversary! I loved your marital advise, all true. This mousse is a keeper, summers heat...meet my way of beating you! Looks wonderful.

Doug said...

Congratulations on the 50th anniversary! I appreciate that you shared that bit of your personal story, it will make reading the your blog that much more interesting. I look forward to trying the mousse.

bellini said...

This sounds like a light tasty and seasonal dessert Mary. Mousses always feels so special and decadent.

Life's a shoe said...

wow! I'm loving the sound of this!

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, 50years, happy anniversary Mary.. Mousse looks very rich and delightful.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Congratulations and KUDOS for 50 years, Mary. I love. love. love your recipe for a successful marriage. Resisting the temptation to coast is key... it IS work, but well worth the effort. I'm still chuckling with raised eyebrows about the preheated oven. ;) blessings ~ tanna
ps the strawberry mousse sounded delicious, too.

Jenn said...

50 years... that is incredible!! Here's hoping the next 50 will be even better!! :)
The mousse you shared with us looks and sounds amazing. The perfect dessert for spring!

Michelle Irinyi said...

Happy Anniversary! I saw sign here in NC yesterday that said the strawberries will be ready soon. I'm looking forward to trying this!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

Wow! happy anniversary! that is such a great milestone for you both. Not many ppl get to celebrate 50 years of love!!! Congrats Mary! ( and the mousse looks divine!)

Linda A. Thompson-Ditch said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful milestone the two of you shared. And the strawberry mousse looks delicious. I'm printing it out to make when the first local strawberries show up at the farmer's market.

Catherine said...

Happy Anniversary Dear Mary. I am so happy for you that your marriage is 50 years and counting.
The strawberry mousse sounds wonderful. I love strawberries so this sounds great to me.
Blessings and a hug. Catherine xo

Sugar et al said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful milestone Mary! And what a fantastic way to celebrate it...love the strawberry mousse!

Christina Conte said...

Congratulations! 50 years is quite an accomplishment! I used to have Strawberry Delight (packet mix) when I was a little girl in Scotland and I loved it! But my mother didn't buy it too often, but your strawberry mousse reminded me of it! It sounds lovely! Only thing is, I would only use real cream, a bit less, but the real stuff tastes so much nicer! ;)

kitty said...

Happy 50th to you and The Silver Fox! I loved the post, Mary, and the mousse sounds scrumptious!

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