Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Thursday, 27th May 2010

Chocolate Mousse is my comfort food and I needed a little comfort food today!

May used to be my most favourite month of the year, full of celebrations. My birthday, my husband and I met in May, got engaged in May and we married in May and of course Mother’s day.  That all changed 6 years ago, yesterday was the anniversary of my husband’s passing.  It’s the time of year I have come to dread.  It’s so difficult for the kids and I find we all have so many emotions but we tend to keep them to ourselves and we just all try to make it through the day.

A photo of chocolate mousse in 3 individual shot glasses with yellow and green ribbon attached on green wooden coasters.

Liana mentioned in the morning she was going to have a few friends over to go swimming and they were going to have a simple barbecue of burgers and sausages. It wasn’t the easiest day for me and I wasn’t really motivated to do too much of anything but I thought it would be nice to make a little treat for the kids.

A photo of chocolate mousse in three clear plastic wine tumblers on three coloured (green, orange and blue) wooden coasters.

One of the recipes I turn to for times just like this is Gordon Ramsay’s Four-Minute Chocolate Mousse.  It literally takes minutes to make and the taste is absolutely amazing.  It is so creamy, light and full of chocolatey goodness.

A close up photo of three chocolate mousse in individual shot glasses (a yellow & green ribbon tied around each glass) on a rectangular white dish.

I used Frangelico (Italian Hazelnut Liqueur) instead of the amaretto this time because I knew it would pair up nicely with the hazelnut biscotti I had on hand.  I crushed them lightly with my rolling pin and sprinkled the biscotti on the mousse. The biscotti provided just the right amount of crunch to the silky texture of the mousse.

A photo of three individual chocolate mousse desserts in shot glasses with a green and yellow ribbon and a sprig of lilac.

Believe it or not, the mousse went untouched.  Matt and Liana are so close in age and for that reason they have quite a few mutual friends.  We’ve lived in the same neighbourhood for years and most of the kids grew up together.  Before we knew it the backyard was crawling with friends.  It filled my heart knowing that all these kids knew how hard the day was going to be for Liana and Matt and they all came to support them.  It was great to hear them laughing, singing and to watch them dancing and being silly. For just a little while they were able to escape the reality of the day.

A close up photo of three chocolate mousse desserts in clear wine tumblers on a tin tray lined with a white waffle pattern tea towel, with a sprig of fresh red flowers.

Well, the mousse may have gone uneaten yesterday but today was a different story. It didn’t take long for the desserts to go missing one by one.

A close up photo of a chocolate mousse in a clear wine plastic tumbler on a blue wooden coaster.

A photo of one chocolate mousse dessert in a shot glass with a green and yellow ribbon.

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Comments (13)

13 Responses to “Gordon Ramsay’s Four-Minute Chocolate Mousse”

  1. Carolyn Jung Says:

    Condolences about your husband. Even though it’s been three years now that my parents passed away, I still mark both their birthdays and the days they died. I’m glad you got to spend the day with friends who surrounded you with good cheer and laughter. It’s a reminder that life goes on, even through our painful losses.

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Carolyn, sorry for your loss as well. I don’t know what I would do without family and friends, they’ve all been so amazing.

  3. Lan Says:

    Hi Grace,
    I randomly clicked on your picture of the mousse recipe and I wasn’t quite expecting to tear up over reading about your husband.

    I’m very sorry for your loss and thank goodness for our children. Hopefully with time, the pain will be less and you can just hang onto the good memories of your husband.

    Take care. xo

  4. Grace Says:

    Thank you, they keep me going each and every day!

  5. deeba Says:

    Saw the picture on TS and headed right over. My heart broke when I heard your story, but am happy that you cope so well. An evocative post, and a gorgeous mousse! Take care Grace!

  6. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Deeba

  7. Marly Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss and glad to see that you and your kids have such supportive friends. That really means a lot. Take care!

  8. Erica B. Says:

    My condolences Grace. I’m sorry there aren’t better words to convey this kind of thing. I have my husband but I lost my Dad when I was 17, and my father in law in my 20s. Their presence is missed, much like your husband’s is. There will be brighter days.

  9. Grace Says:

    Thank you Eerica, I am very sorry for your losses as well. Losing your Dad at such a young age, I see how hard it is for my kids, my heart goes out to you. All the best Erica.

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  11. BL Says:

    I just happened to google chocolate mousse and came upon your website. My condolences, I’m glad your children are lucky to have a mother like you

  12. Grace Says:

    Thanks Sandie, pastries are my favourite

  13. Grace Says:

    Thank you BL I needed to hear that this morning!

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