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Hay Hay! Today’s The Day For Mousse!

When I read my emails early Sunday morning, April Fool’s Day nonetheless, I thought I was still vaguely dreaming when Peabody announced that I had won HHDD #10 “Cheesecakes”. I knew it was a close vote and I felt grateful and thrilled that this cheesecake came out to be a winner. Thank you Peabody for the very cool book that I received in the mail today!
Then a mild mix of panic and excitement set in, as it meant that I would be the one orchestrating this next round. Thank you Barbara, the creator of the event, for your guidance in the past couple of days. You are a true star in the world of bloggers!
I am loving this already as it gave me the opportunity to better get to know Donna Hay, and read more of her books (as if I needed another excuse to sit at the local coffee shop with a cookbook and a latte for hours).

I had a couple of ideas in mind but every minute of the day I was coming back to the same thing…Mousse! so there you have it. In this HHDD # 11, you may make a sweet or savory mousse, it can be layered or scooped, simple or fancy. The only requirement is that it be an attempt to be at the least “mousse-like”. So get out there and whip it up!

You must post your mousse recipe no later than April 20th. Once your post is up, email it to me at marinette1 AT Comcast Dot net, including your name, name of your blog and its URL, title of your recipe and URL to your post, a picture of your mousse.
The round up will be posted and voting will begin on April 24th, and the winner will be announced on May 1st.
The winner will receive this book by Trish Deseine and of course the chance to host HHDD #12!

To help you get started, here is a recipe from Donna Hay’s The Instant Cook, for the mousse you see in this post:

Blueberry and White Chocolate Mousse

6 servings

3 Tb. water
2 tsp. gelatin powder
5 oz. white chocolate
2 cups single or pouring cream (18% fat)
1 cup blueberries
Extra blueberries for garnish

Place the water in a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let stand until the gelatin absorbs the water.
Place the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until smooth and the chocolate is fully incorporated. Add the gelatin mixture and stir for 1 minute to dissolve. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture into a bowl. Whisk for 3 minutes or until cooled. Stir in the blueberries and pour into six 1-cup-capacity greased serving glasses. Refrigerate the desserts for 45 to 60 minutes to set. Serve with extra blueberries, if desired.

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Barbara April 5, 2007 um 4:10 am

It looks great Helen I’m looking forward to making this. I love mousse and I love chocolate.

Chez Us April 5, 2007 um 4:11 am

Where did you get those cute little containers for your mousse?? I love them!

Peabody April 5, 2007 um 4:23 am

Now I’ve got to start thinking.

Helene April 5, 2007 um 4:37 am

Barbara: this is surprisingly easy and very unexpected. I was surprise by the outcome, but it is "moussy" and light!

Denise: believe it or not, but these are Martha Stewart votive candle holder. They hold about 1 1/2 cups of liquid or mousse. I love using them during the summer for appetizers and desserts.

Peabody: I know you will come up with something decadent!

Anonymous April 5, 2007 um 5:06 am

oh my goodness gracious thats gorgeous! love the serving vessels. what mouse to make…what to make…..

Anonymous April 5, 2007 um 5:07 am

you have a yummy desserts here! congrats on winning the event!

Alpineberry Mary April 5, 2007 um 7:32 am

I’m looking through my recipes now. Hopefully I won’t forget the deadline like I almost did last month!

Patricia Scarpin April 5, 2007 um 12:02 pm

The mousse is fantastic – I love white chocolate, Helene!

And the containers… so fancy!

Anonymous April 5, 2007 um 1:25 pm

Hi Helene – beautiful mousse! I love the containers. It’s amazing the neat ideas one can use to make a presentation that much more spectacular!

Anonymous April 5, 2007 um 1:59 pm

Great idea! Now, I’ll have to sort through my favorite mousse recipes or maybe look out for something brand spanking new. Yours looks lovely with blueberries studded in ’em.

Cheryl April 5, 2007 um 2:00 pm

It looks great, but the containers make it look even more fabulous.

Definitely going to enter this one. Great idea!

Anonymous April 5, 2007 um 2:17 pm

Oh what a great theme Helen! Sublime! Et ces pots, ils viennent d’ou??? Ils me rappellent quand on allait chercher le lait chez le fermier du village!

Lis April 5, 2007 um 2:25 pm

Yay! I can’t wait! I’ve already got some ideas.. but I’ve never made mousse before so wish me lots of luck. 😀


Anuhea April 5, 2007 um 5:02 pm

Oooh, blueberries, I have those. 🙂 And yay, now I get to search out a mousse recipe!

Anonymous April 5, 2007 um 8:25 pm

normal que tu ais gagne la derniere edition, ton cheesecake a juste l’air parfait !! je devais le realiser ce WE et puis j’ai pas eu le temps, je remets ca pour dimanche prochain !
sympa le theme de la mousse, et du coup ca m’a donne une idee ;o)

Helene April 5, 2007 um 8:52 pm

Aria: I hope you can make it. I know you will come up with something decadent!

Eliza: thank you! Can’t wait for you to participate!

Mary: I hope you make it on time. Don’t scare me now!

Patricia: thank you. Local Kmart for $1 a piece.They are Martha Stewart votive candle holders.

Gilly: thank you!

Monisha: they are good too!

Cheryl: I am glad you decided to enter! Looking forward to our recipe!

Bea: J’espere que tu participeras aussi. Les verrines sont en fait des potes bougies de Martha Stewart que j’ai trouve a KMart.

Lis: we keep throwing challenges at you don’t we?! I am sure you will do great!

Anuhea: I hope you can make it too!

Guillemette: c’est grace a ta sauce que j’ai gagne!! J’espere que tu participeras a ce tour ci!

Anonymous April 5, 2007 um 11:41 pm

Congratulations on the victory, Helene! You deserved it. I love the theme you’ve chosen s let’s see if I can manage to take part in my very first HHDD event!

MyKitchenInHalfCups April 6, 2007 um 1:45 am

Votive candle holders!! I’m always excited to see things used outside the box.
I love the look of those blue berries!! Could it be healthy with those in it.
Mousse…I’ve only made chocolatem mousse and it is so good.

Anonymous April 6, 2007 um 3:08 am

I know just the recipe to use… great idea! Love your candle holder/mousse containers. You are such a thinker!

Valentina April 6, 2007 um 3:43 am

I might end up being repetitive but here you go: fabulous mousse. Blueberries are so YUMMY! and the POTS…WOW! I am in love with them..Just a quick question – maybe a stupid one: does the recipe have to be a Donna Hay recipe?

Barbara April 6, 2007 um 10:23 am

I made a dsrk choc version today Helen and they were so easy and tasted great.

Meeta K. Wolff April 6, 2007 um 12:06 pm

I have a recipe I have been waiting to try out. Thanks to you I finally have an occasion. Happy Easter Helene! It’s just been fab getting to know you!

Anonymous April 7, 2007 um 5:06 am

I’m excited – I’ve never made mousse before!

Barbara April 9, 2007 um 9:50 pm

I’ve made mime and I have to say this is the easiest recipe for mousse I have made….and stunning results. My post will be up later in the week.

Anonymous April 10, 2007 um 1:44 am

Oh, I am SO taking part in this! Now, what kind of mousse to make..?

Anonymous April 10, 2007 um 2:10 am

First of all congratulations on a very well-deserved win! 🙂 I will now put my thinking cap on for this delicious theme you have come up with! 🙂

Your mousses look wonderful!

The Culinary Chase April 12, 2007 um 10:13 am

White chocolate and blueberries….this has to be heaven sent! I will certainly enjoy making this mousse! Cheers!

Anonymous April 17, 2007 um 2:32 pm

These mousse are just gorgeous!!! They look so lovely! I want to have one!!!

Anonymous April 18, 2007 um 7:02 pm

I’m late to this post, but congrats! My VBF made your cheesecake on my recommendation for an Easter celebration and guests who wanted to know what a blog is (haha) want your blog address for the recipe.

Mousse in two days? Hmmmm…salmon mousse, chocolate mousse, lemon mousse…yummy!

Better late than never!

ostwestwind April 20, 2007 um 1:21 pm

I just emailed you the details of my recipe. Your containers are great!

Anonymous April 26, 2007 um 7:04 am

Your recipe seems so delicious. I love white chocolate. Simple, but so good !!! Hummmm !!
I also love your vessels. It’s very nice.
Have a nice say.

Amanda at Little Foodies May 4, 2007 um 10:31 am

This sounds so delicious and the glass pots are beautiful. Amanda

Anonymous October 30, 2007 um 11:14 pm

It looks very good for my eyes and my stomach. I think that’s mousse as good as cakes I had eatten during the last summer

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