Love and kindness and chocolate avocado mousse

March 3, 2014

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Things have been busy around here.

I don’t often feel rushed or unavailable. I’m not the person to burn the candle at both ends (my inbuilt “off” button requires little encouragement to flick over into prescribed couch and tea time with BBC shows). Perhaps if I did, I might push myself and complete more in my day. But honestly, an evening on the couch watching Jane Austen adaptations feels like a complete success to me.

However it’s been a while since I’ve heard the tales of Fanny Price. February was terribly lively and on top of this, Ben fractured his finger and has required hand surgery. The fact that he injured himself doing a task we both agree was wreckless (moving our fridge solo), made him somewhat less of a victim and somewhat more of an imbecile in my mind. I suppose I need less judgement and more grace in these situations. My subsequent adoption of even more management duties of our lives and businesses, along with busying schedules and deadlines (all of which I am happy and lucky to have, this I know) has lead me to feel pulled, spread thin.

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There’s been more snaps and dramatic sighs and tears than usual, which I attribute most consciously to tiredness. And it will pass, but for the first time in a long while I’ve had to make the effort to react with love and kindness. To treat my best friend as though he is still my best friend even if we’re both stressed and crabby. Usually our lives are pretty cruisy and this is easy for us, so it feels strange to be out of sync. I suppose this is a good test for hopefully future sleep-deprived parenting years…

Last week I made this chocolate avocado mousse as an act of love and pampering for my sweet husband. Watching him try his hardest to clean up and wash dishes breaks my heart and makes me admonish any hasty words. Fanny Price can wait.

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 & 1/2 Avocados (medium sized, you can use 2 but I like to leave half for toast purposes)
1/3 cup Raw Cacao
1 – 1 & 1/2 tablespoons runny Honey
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (optional)
2 tablespoons Almond Milk, Coconut Cream or Water (I like to use the thick part of a chilled can of coconut milk (like what you use when you make whipped coconut cream but you can use any kind of milk here or even water, it just may be less thick)
A small pinch of Sea Salt

Optional Toppings: toasted nuts and fruit.

Method
1. Add the avocado, cacao, 1 tablespoon of the honey, vanilla and coconut cream to the food processor. Blitz until smooth and taste, then adjust as required (more honey, more cream/milk, etc).
2. Serve straight away or for a more chilled and thick version let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so.

Heidi xo

 

 

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  • Julia @ Chic To Do March 3, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Ooh, this looks yummy – and I love that it doesn’t involve eggs. I’ve been looking for an egg-free mousse for my allergic toddler, and this seems perfect!

    • Heidi March 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Yay, hope you like it 🙂 x

  • Yasmeen | Wandering Spice March 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I loved this post, Heidi. Very honest and accountable of you to say hey, things aren’t perfect all the time and we have to learn to deal with that and work a little harder to find the goodness in ourselves and others.

    We have had a challenging few months as well – just so busy with a lot of expenses, etc etc that you know about – and it takes me MUCH more effort to stay cool instead of snap (it definitely happens), and stay focused on the positive. Such a lovely gesture of you to make this mousse, which looks amazing, and I’m sure was so appreciated by Ben who I bet was feeling a bit down about moving that fridge all by himself!

    • Heidi March 3, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks, my dear. Just putting it out there! He did love it. Lucky to have him x

  • Felicity Curtain March 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I love everything about this post Heidi! xx

    • Heidi March 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks, Felicity 🙂 x

  • Smaggle March 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    This looks delicious! Although avocados are so expensive right now I’m more likely to smoosh one on toast instead!

    • Heidi March 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      I know, right?! Avocado toast is the bomb x

  • Rebecca March 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    That looks delicious. I hope it helped thicken you back up a little. Life gets like that some times. Your amazing 🙂
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    • Heidi March 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks, lovely 🙂 I just adore your blog name x

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    How do you always write such perfection? Every time, your words nestle right into my heart and make me so awed and proud and giddy to know you. You are honest and magical and wonderful and even better than Fanny Price (I must rewatch that myself. Been wasting too much time on silly Netflix movies, but you know, a girl’s gotta sing along to Hercules as well as keep up with JA, right? “I have often dreeeeaaaaaamed of a far off plaaaaaaaaace….”)

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      Oh my sweet, you’re the loveliest. & you so gotta go with your movie mood. Wish we could have a Fanny Price date. That sounds rather rude but you get me. As always x

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        Aaahaha! I get you and I love you. Fanny dates all the way xo

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