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Chocolate mousse and the anti climax of family cooking

Chocolade mousse

It has always been a big question mark for me.. The eating history of my family. For years I’ve been reading all sorts of foodblogs and I always love the stories of grandma’s in the kitchen sharing their best family recipes with the grandchildren. That does have a nice ring to it, don’t you think? So I started to wonder why I had no memory of any such event at all. I could not even remember a single meal we had at our grandparents house. Did I suffer from a serious form of early memory loss? Did I have a weird form of selective memory maybe? What was going on?

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You see I’ve always known my mum hated cooking and really didn’t want to cook at all, so that was a fact. I knew I did not inherit the love for cooking from her. But somewhere in the back of my mind I had this faint hope that somewhere very deep inside my memories would be a few of a cooking grandma. Or something like that. Now my mum has Parkinson’s disease and has had it for many years and my dad is suffering from old age stuff as well so we – my sisters and I – go there on a regular basis and cook a meal for them. They have a decent meal and we get to spend some time together too. So while we were having dinner the other night (and wow, can those two eat!!) I brought the subject to the table… And let’s face it; it is kind of weird question to ask if I ever ate anything at my grandparents house?

But my mums answer came without any doubt. “Certainly not.” All hope faded away and sink in my shoes… and than I remember to also have a sigh of relief… Nothing wrong with my memory at least! Lol. But my curiosity was peaked. “Isn’t that a little odd? We came there at least once a week and we never ate anything?” (I am not counting the little red boxes of Sunaid raisins as food)

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No, said my dad, your mother was in fact one of the first and probably only ones that ever had dinner at your grandparents… And she can still remember that meal vividly. It was a double sandwich! Yes ladies and gentleman! So my – slightly unnecessary – question if grandma did not like cooking at all, was answered with a yes. The argument being that it wasn’t fun to cook for 9 kids. I didn’t want to start a discussion but I am pretty sure there are plenty of large families out there with a mum who does like to cook, but well what was the point right? Otherwise cooking would be extinct in that time… But I did have to laugh about that whole story!

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But at least the story was clear; I never had a meal with my grandma or grandpa (these were my fathers parents and I’m pretty sure it must have been the same with my mums parents… Yeezzz… Just my luck I guess…) Not that I got any less love but still… How much fun would it have been to have those memories? I guess it’s a miracle that I love cooking at all. (as the only person in the family that does, I might add, although my brother likes it occassionaly as well)

O well, it is what it is and I’m glad the grandma food mysterie is solved!

choco mousse

This chocolate mousse I made for dessert that night for mum and dad, as my dad is a dessert monster. That also runs in the family… 😉 All bowls where almost clean once done (and they are much larger than the ones in these photos as I put the leftovers in the small cups) and he finished the entire bowl of whipped cream I had made to go with it as well… O well, it is always nice if you’re cooking is appreciated right? And like my dad said; it was FABULOUS!

Chocolate mousse
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 hrs 50 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 6
Author: Donna Hay
Ingredients
  • 200 gr dark chocolate
  • 250 ml double cream
  • 75 gr butter
  • 4 eggs split
  • 2 tbsp of icing sugar
Instructions
  1. Place the butter and the chocolate (chopped in pieces) in a heat resistant bowl and melt this slowly au bain marie together. Split the eggs and put the eggwhite in a grease free bowl.
  2. As soon as the chocolate and the butter form a smooth mixture, take of the heat and ad the eggyolks one by one and whisk each one until incorporated. Set aside
  3. Whisk the cream to soft peaks and set aside
  4. Whisk the eggwhites to soft peaks and sieve the iciing sugar over it. Whisk till it is glossy and forms stiff peaks.
  5. Add the whipping cream with the chocolate mixture and fold this until well mixed. Do the same thing with the eggwhites and put the chocolate mousse into bowls to set in the fridge. Leave it there for at least 3 hours

 

 

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15 comments

  1. Wow Simone, that is sad too! Oh well glad you are such a good cook!

  2. In my family it is the other way round, my mom & me are the dessert lovers! Your chocolate mousse looks so appetizing & cool serving cups too!

    Yum Yum Yummm! 🙂

  3. At least your memory is just fine. 🙂 I would have loved this chocolate mousse too and might have eaten the bowl of whipped cream too.

    It’s sad that you don’t have memories of bread making with Grammy like I do or cookie making with Mémère. I know I must get my love of cooking from them. They each had 12 children and my parents were the youngest for both of them. (they were old when I was born)

  4. Funny, I don’t really have any Grandma foodie memories, but my maternal nan died quite young and my paternal one lived in Oz. Mystery solved 🙂
    Janie x

  5. More of my friends hate to cook than those who do. I guess I can see why, it is a lot of work but I love it. It’s therapeutic and even artistic to me. Lovely mousse!

  6. Interesting story. I know I had some meals at both of my grandparents houses (they lived pretty far away so I rarely saw them), but nothing memorable. All the great recipes I know come from my great grandmother (who apparently was a wonderful cook) via my mother — I never knew my great grandmother, alas. Anyway, I do know chocolate mousse, and this looks excellent. I haven’t had this dish in ages — you’re tempting me!

  7. it looks wonderful!

  8. What an interesting story ! 🙂 I do have a mom who was (she doesn’t cook anymore) a great cook as well as two of my grandma’s sisters. However, they all cooked what I call down-to-earth food. Primarily meals. I, on the other hand, am fascinated by everything sweet especially in the baking area. I have been looking for a creamy, mild and “friendly” chocolate mousse recipe (most seem too thick and dense) and I loved yours. Will try it this week and post the results. THANK YOU !! 🙂

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