Raw Key Lime Mousse + Marrakech

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One question all journalists (classic case of blogger trying to sound famous) seem extra fond of, is where we find inspiration for our recipes. I’m pretty sure that we have given them different answers every time. Mainly because it’s difficult to pin an answer down to one thing. Everyone who works creatively, in any profession, knows that inspiration comes in bits and pieces. For us, it can sometimes be a flavor that lingers on after a visit to a restaurant or a street kitchen. Other times it might be something we have seen or read. A photo of a dish that triggers an idea (often of something completely different, oddly enough), a blog post, a book or a memory. Or of course, a trip to a farmer’s market. Walking around food seems to be a failsafe way to get us thinking about new recipes. Unfortunately, sitting in our own kitchen and trying to be creative never works. We draw blank every time.

Another factor that clearly has inspired our recipes is our travels. It’s mind-boggling how ingredients like lentils are cooked for dinner in the US and dessert in Asia. How similar (and yet so different) an Italian focaccia is to an Indian naan. Or learning how adding a little cinnamon and cumin to a French ratatouille suddenly gives it a Moroccan twist. And talking about Morocco, we just came back from Marrakech and Ourika Valley. It was a balanced mix of work (we’ll tell you more about that later) and leisure. Somehow I managed to take 1876 (!) photos while we were there. Here are a few of them.

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We got this beautiful riad in a home exchange.

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Ourika Valley.

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Daughter, mother and grandmother.

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With all the dates, avocado, lime and pomegranate sold on every street corner, we whipped together this delicious and quick dessert or breakfast. It’s a ready-in-a-minute kind of treat. And it’s unbelievably yummy, especially with all that pomegranate on top. It truly was a fresh break from all the Moroccan pastries, harsha (corn bread) and msemen (pancakes) that we have been stuffing ourselves with (I convinced Luise that we needed to try them all to truly learn the Moroccan food culture).

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Raw Key Lime Mousse with Pomegranate
4 small portions

As you can see on the recipe, this really is quick and easy. It would probably be a good dessert to serve at a non-formal party or brunch, as it is very easy to prepare a whole bunch of glasses a few hours ahead and then let them rest in the fridge.

2 ripe avocados
2 limes, zest and juice
6 fresh soft dates, pitted (if you only can find dried dates, soak them for 20 minutes and drain)
1 pomegranate, seeded in water

Divide the avocados in half. Remove the stone, scoop out the avocado flesh with a spoon and discard the skin. Place in a bowl together with lime zest, juice and dates. Use an immersion blender (hand blender) or a food processor and mix until completely smooth. Taste and add more lime if needed. Scoop the mixture into 4 small serving glasses and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with a generous amount pomegranate seeds.

Ps. I got a little obsessed with all the colors, patterns and textures. And since I didn’t want to make this post any longer than it already is, I created a short slideshow. Sorry about the bad image quality, I don’t know five cents about video editing.

72 Comments

  • Sophie
    Great photos and what an amazing colors!! Inspiring. Just keep doing what you are doing - it is perfect.
  • WHat a beautiful post!... Thank you for sharing stunning snapshots of your trip with your readers. Avos are also really popular here is South Africa so this is next on my list of things to try!
  • Rebecka Berggren
    Great photos! Looks like an amazing trip, what lenses do you use?
    • Hi Rebecca, at home I use a Canon 50 mm f1.2 for most shots and a 100 mm f/2.8 macro for the close-ups (and sometimes a 35 mm for sceneries). But on this trip I borrowed a 24-70 mm f/2.8L and left the other lenses at home. It was nice to only carry around one lens for a change, even if it is on the heavy side. /David
  • Giulia
    that's it! i need to go to Morocco!
  • Laura
    Such breathtaking, inspiring and refreshing post! I love you guys.
  • absolutely gorgeous images. Looks like you had a great time. All the textures and patterns are definitely mesmerizing.
  • SJ
    Your pics looks just amazing. I am going to Marrakesh this winter, and I'm a little concerned about finding good places to eat since I'm vegetarian. Do you have any good tips on where to go?
  • Such a beautiful post (again!) I love your blog! Can't wait to try this recipe.
  • Candela
    Beautiful post, photos ..what a lovely trip!
  • Gorgeous photos! And Elsa is the cutest girl ever :-)
  • Gorgeous photos! The colors of Marrakesh are so vibrant! Such an inspirational place.
  • You've captured Marrakech beautifully. My favourite place in the entire world- the smells, colours and tastes will remain in my heart forever. Thank you for reminding me of those times. And what a gorgeous recipe xx
  • Woowww... the pictures are SO beautiful !!!! Katja*
  • Between the avocados and lime this is almost like a dessert guacamole! Sounds delicious and I love how the vibrant colors reflect your time in Marrakech!
  • Such stunning imagery! Looks like you guys had a awesome time :-)
  • Didi
    WOW! Pretty pretty pictures! I'm on a detox this week and this recipe fits right in :-) believe it or not. Thanks a bunch!
  • Wow, this looks absolutely AMAZING!! Love the pictures and can't wait to try the recipe. Must have been an amazing experience for you to be there. You make me even want to go more to Marrakech than I already did :-)
  • Oh my, this sounds so delicious and refreshing. Looking forward to giving it a go! Wendy @ Moral Fibres - where sustainable living is hip, not hippie.
  • Amazing photographs and amazing place you visited! Your daughter is so lucky to experience these travels and cuisine so young.
  • I have been to Marrakesh and Ourika, and your post is so beautiful and inspiring! Love your recipes, your words, your pictures and your places. You are simply the finest bloggers on earth!

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