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

  • Gina
    Wow, I visited Marrakech about 2 months ago and it is seriously stunning how you captured it! Love the video and the pictures, looks like you had a lof of fun in Maroc. :)
  • This recipe is right up my readers' alleys. I'll have to share your recipe soon. Thanks for sharing it with me!
  • AJ
    I felt I was in Marrakesh just looking at these wonderful pix. Mousse is amazing. Home swapping is such fun! Did it in the US and it's fascinating checking out another kitchen's store cupboard. Did you go through a house swap agency?
  • Always inspiring and beautiful images, breathtaking! tnx
  • Maria Salpico
    I can't get enough of this raw key lime mousse! You guys are geniuses!
  • Kanchan
    The photos are amazing....have you been to India. Do come..you will find it very photogenic and inspiring!
  • Pat
    Love the photos. Have shared with friends and family. Also made this dessert. Delicious, satisfying and lovely to look at. Thank you for helping our family try new ways of eating and cooking. Cheers!
  • Your photos are simply stunning, the depth and colour are outstanding. I always look forward to a new post from you guys. The recipe looks wonderful as well!
  • Thank you for sharing a part of your trip with us. Africa is one of the continents I have yet to visit, and you've inspired me to put Marrakesh at the top of the list. What colours! What markets! Hope the little one enjoyed it as much as you both. xo
  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos and the video at the end was excellent. I have been tempted with Morrocco and now I really want to go. The colours and the scenes were very appealing.
  • I totally agree with you about finding food in different countries and the way its made, the ingredients used, and also the story behind it, to be influential when creating your own dishes. Your photos are beautiful - thanks for sharing :)
  • Kiri
    I made this for dessert on Sunday, and people seemed to like it. The pomegranite seeds really add a very delicious touch to the dish. The only problem for me was the color was more like pea soup rather than the beautiful light green in your photos... Next time I plan to use smaller dates (I used the large medjool dates) and/or bigger avocados!
  • Your holiday photos are beautiful, and your key lime mousse is absolute genius! I can't wait t try it. Thank you for sharing your travels with us!
  • Stefan
    It sounds so great! And these beautiful colors! I will try the recipe soon, sounds very fresh and delicious - i love pomegranate and it's a great idea to combine it with avocados.
  • Helen
    that was an amazing slideshow! love every photo!
  • David, truly truly wonderful photos. Like insanely great colors. The dessert sound delish too. /A big fan
  • Gorgeous recipe, inspired! LOVE Marrakech. Your pictures are stunning. Oh, I miss it! Heidi xo
  • Natalie
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us! Just what we need here in Sweden right now in the beautiful beautiful November with 100000000 shades of grey around.....dates and avocado? got to try it...
  • Just wonderful!!! We lived in our van in Morrocco for many months a few years ago...such an incredible, demanding, beautiful, photogenic and delicious place!!! Did you guys get any tummy troubles over there? I hope not! We wanted to taste EVERYTHING which got us in a bit of trouble. Thankyou for the gorgeous post and all the memories!

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