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Bookish Bites : Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

Today’s Bookish Bites is a whole, fabulous meal. Hurrah! And extremely simple to do too. Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt is popular in this house. A very simple, short rhyming book about a group of animals who gather together for a nice meal of macaroni cheese, peas, carrots and of course, chocolate mousse.

We started with a snuggly read of the book. Milo’s been poorly all week and so all he’s wanted to do is snuggle with one or the other of us and read recently (lovely, but I haven’t got much done!).

“Chocolate mousse!” says greedy Goose

“Don’t just grab it,” says angry Rabbit.

So we started off with the chocolate mousse as it needs to chill for a couple of hours before eating. I’ve made vast quantities of chocolate mousse in my time, Jamie’s chocolate pots being my favourite recipe so far (think that was a magazine cut out from years ago), but by far the simplest recipe is this:

For one person:

30g milk or dark chocolate
1 large egg

It means you can make chocolate mousse anytime and in no time flat.

Simply melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water with approximately half a tablespoon of water. While it’s melting crack your egg and divide your white and yolk into two separate bowls. Whizz the white of the egg into stiff peaks and beat the yolk.

When your chocolate’s melted add it to the beaten yolk and mix well. Then fold in the egg whites carefully to get a light, fluffy mousse. Milo’s “folding” was not so careful so we had a few leftover lumps of chocolate!

It’s important then to find a nice bowl to spoon it into. Much to Milo’s disappointment we didn’t have a pink one like in the book so we used my blue Marimekko glass bowl which I adore. Adore! And bring out at any old excuse! Pop your chocolate mousse in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Next, play cars, coaches and fixing up Range Rovers for a little while before cracking on with dinner.

“What can I smell?” asks shy Gazelle

“Macaroni,” says Shetland Pony

Here’s our super simple mac ‘n’ cheese recipe. This recipe serves one and you will need:

7g butter
7g plain flour
150ml whole milk
20g (or a bit more if you fancy!) cheese
4 Milo sized handfuls of Macaroni

Begin by cooking your pasta, it normally needs about 10-12 minutes and I added sweetcorn at the end for extra veggies.

While your pasta’s cooking make your cheese sauce. Pop the butter and flour into a pan and mix into a soft paste, add the milk and bring to the boil stirring occasionally, your sauce should have thickened by now. Then chuck in 3/4 of the cheese and mix. Drain your pasta and pop into a heat proof oven, mix the cheese sauce into it and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and pop in the oven to bake a while. I normally have my oven on 200 degrees.

While your mac ‘n’ cheese is baking, cook up the peas and carrots (though we’d run out of carrots so I didn’t cook any). And there you go. One Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose meal fit for a three year old!

Milo loves helping to cook his own meals and macaroni and cheese is always a firm favourite. Vegetables are not. He is exasperating. So while he loved his dinner and maybe ate two peas and possibly an equal amount of sweetcorn kernels, that unfortunately, in our house does not qualify enough veggies to be allowed pudding (I know, I’m a mean mum, but honestly!). I couldn’t bribe him with the chocolate mousse or even with the remainder of some of our entry to Zoe at Playing By The Book’s edible book comp which has been working very well as a bribe in these past few days! So, the chocolate mousse got eaten by Milo’s dad.

Milo’s verdict: “I like macaroni cheese, I am saving the sweetcorns for later. I do not like peas.”

James’ verdict: “Tasty, I especially enjoyed the small lumps of chocolate!”

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