No bake | Jamun {Wild Indian Java Plum} Mousse #dessert #inseason

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway”
Michael Pollan

Jamun {Wild Indian Java Plum} MousseJamun {Wild Indian Java Plum} Mousse … possibly the best way to bid adieu to this humble fruit. I had a bag tucked away in the fridge for long. Forgot about them, and life went on. Then we were at threesixtyone°, The Oberoi, Gurgaon, and along came the silkiest Jamun sorbet ever. It was so pretty too.

Jamun sorbetRuchira captured the very essence in her post here …  “We were served the amuse bouche next – a Jamun or Java plum sorbet which was so creamy that it felt like silk in the mouth. The tang from the plum along with the roasted cumin and rock salt was extremely light and refreshing.”

Jamun {Wild Indian Java Plum}Jamuns danced in my head all day. There’s something about the fruit. It’s astringent, and somewhat edgy. You develop a flavour for it.  I knew there was to be something jamun made soon. I still remember a sublime jamun mousse we had enjoyed at Sangeeta’s place a year ago. That had white chocolate in it. I had none on hand so was a little unsure if my mousse would hold.

Jamun {Wild Indian Java Plum} Mousse It sure did. Beautifully. This mousse was quite delicious. I wasn’t sure how it would be received by the kids. They took to it quite happily. The daughter was in from uni for the Independence Day weekend. She was happy to be served dessert. It’s funny how she’s suddenly begun appreciating the little things in life!  Life teaches you. A lot.

Jamun {Wild Indian Java Plum} Mousse There was a time when we used to forage for jamuns, climb trees, graze knees to shake the branches. Greedily picking jamuns off the ground and stuffing them into our mouths feels nostalgic now. They tasted sweeter, left our fingers and clothes purple. The stains never came off. Those memories will never either. There are few jamun trees left to forage now. Thankfully sales in the bazaar have increased since the wild Indian java plum has become commercially viable.

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No Bake | Strawberry & Cape Gooseberry Quark Mousse … delicious eggless dessert in season #vegetarian

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Strawberry & Cape Gooseberry Quark Mousse Strawberry & Cape Gooseberry Quark Mousse … yes, it’s that time of the year yet again. SPRING! I love it. It’s euphoria all around with new leaves unfurling everyday, flowering tomato plants that hold promise of a ‘good crop’, herbs that finally begin to expand like there’s no tomorrow. Also days when quark gets made beautifully and with ease!Spring And if there is homemade quark on hand, can dessert be far behind? I make huge amounts of quark, a curd cheese I love to love. Ever since I first discovered it 5 years ago, thanks to Hoglet K from Down Under, it has brought about a change in the way I think ‘desserts‘.Quark dessertsQuark isn’t just the sweet way home. I use it often to add wonderful tangy flavour to chicken like in theis Chicken Quark Cross Over Puff Pastry, as part of creamy dressings, in cold potato salads, in stir fries etc. A little goes a long way and once you start exploring, you will find a billion novel ways to include it in your everyday food. 

Chicken Quark Crossover Puff PastryI made Strawberry & Cape Gooseberry Quark Mousse just before we left for a short vacation {which might explain why it’s been so quiet around PAB}. The mousse was addictive and a huge hit with everyone. It got added texture from some chocolate coated homemade granola which I was experimenting with.

Strawberry & Cape Gooseberry Quark Mousse I love the way the colours, textures and flavours came together in this dessert which is a celebration of spring. These days we have a virtual flood of seasonal fruit in the market with cape gooseberries {locally called ‘rhasbhari’ meaning filled with juice} and strawberries ruling the roost. It’s a riot of colour with the fruit piled up high at local bazaars and on handcarts lining the roadside.

Strawberry & Cape Gooseberry Quark Mousse With daytime highs already hitting the early 30′s, it’s just a matter of days before summer arrives. Then of course we’ll welcome days of luscious stone fruit; sizzling hot 45C+ temperatures will be part of the deal though! Until then, this is a great way to enjoy spring fruit.

Summer Salad with orange vinaigrette You can go the salad route too with them! Rocket or mixed salad greens, strawberries, cape gooseberries, feta or cottage cheese, grapes, walnuts, orange, red onion all tossed in a nice tangy orange vinaigrette!

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No Bake | Pumpkin Pie Mousse #fall #dessert #eggless #thanksgiving #pumpkin

“Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year.”
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Pumpkin Pie MoussePumpkin Pie Mousse‘This is the best pumpkin pie mousse I have ever had‘, declared Mr PAB. Never mind that it was the first time I’ve made it. Chances are slim that he would have opted for it on a menu elsewhere. The kids asked for seconds before they hit the bottoms of the first servings!! Pumpkin Pie Mousse That good! Such fun when a dessert experiment is successful. I have been eternally charmed by the humble pumpkin. With the pumpkin pie spice & walnut cake with buttermilk frosting, roasted pumpkin soup, then pumpkin brownies {yet to be blogged}, praline pumpkin pie, pumpkin pots de creme, pumpkin pie tartlets and pumpkin custard pies under my belt, I bought another huge chunk of pumpkin the other day.

Pumpkin loveWith winter almost here I was in the mood to make a pumpkin peanut butter soup. Once the pumpkin was roasted, the day went rather busy. The well roasted veggie was hastily packed away, ziplocked and refrigerated for ‘tomorrow’. Yet tomorrow never came!

pumpkinA million school holidays, the onset of the festive season, Diwali {read more food} and winter clothes to be unpacked made the pumpkin less urgent. Not forgotten though! Then the doodling teen and her father went for a quick trip to HKG. I thought I’d have SO much time. Boy, was I wrong!!

Pumpkin Pie Mousse Then I thought of a welcome dessert, something pumpkin. A pie? Niyet! Too much work and no time. Plus gluten free pie crust scares me at times. With homemade pumpkin puree having the tendency to leave some watery liquid, I’d rather experiment in a better frame of mind. The morning gone, no time to bake, a mousse it was to be.

Pumpkin Pie Mousse This was fun to do. I went with very basic pantry ingredients, happy in the thought that healthy pumpkin was the base. I added the gelatin on a whim. Have to say that it added just the right airy, light moussey texture once the mousse was set!

This mousse is off to My Utensil Crock for Our Growing Edge “Our Growing Edge is the part of us that is still learning and experimenting. It’s the part that you regularly grow and improve, be it from real passion or a conscious effort. This monthly event aims to connect and inspire us to try new things and to compile a monthly snapshot of what food bloggers are getting up to”.

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