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Raw Key Lime Mousse + Marrakech

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.

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68 Comments

  1. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 09:22 | #

    I have been to Marrakesh and Ourika, and your post is so beautiful and inspiring! Love your recipes, your words, your pictures and your places. You are simply the finest bloggers on earth!

  2. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 09:36 | #

    Amazing photographs and amazing place you visited! Your daughter is so lucky to experience these travels and cuisine so young.

  3. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 10:58 | #

    Oh my, this sounds so delicious and refreshing. Looking forward to giving it a go!

    Wendy @ Moral Fibres – where sustainable living is hip, not hippie.

  4. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 11:50 | #

    Wow, this looks absolutely AMAZING!! Love the pictures and can’t wait to try the recipe. Must have been an amazing experience for you to be there. You make me even want to go more to Marrakech than I already did :-)

  5. Didi
    Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 12:58 | #

    WOW! Pretty pretty pictures!
    I’m on a detox this week and this recipe fits right in :-) believe it or not.
    Thanks a bunch!

  6. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 13:00 | #

    Such stunning imagery! Looks like you guys had a awesome time :-)

  7. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 13:01 | #

    Between the avocados and lime this is almost like a dessert guacamole! Sounds delicious and I love how the vibrant colors reflect your time in Marrakech!

  8. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 13:46 | #

    Woowww… the pictures are SO beautiful !!!!

    Katja*

  9. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 13:53 | #

    You’ve captured Marrakech beautifully. My favourite place in the entire world- the smells, colours and tastes will remain in my heart forever. Thank you for reminding me of those times. And what a gorgeous recipe xx

  10. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 13:58 | #

    Gorgeous photos! The colors of Marrakesh are so vibrant! Such an inspirational place.

  11. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 14:01 | #

    Gorgeous photos! And Elsa is the cutest girl ever :-)

  12. Candela
    Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 14:04 | #

    Beautiful post, photos ..what a lovely trip!

  13. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 14:08 | #

    Such a beautiful post (again!) I love your blog! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  14. SJ
    Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 14:15 | #

    Your pics looks just amazing.
    I am going to Marrakesh this winter, and I’m a little concerned about finding good places to eat since I’m vegetarian. Do you have any good tips on where to go?

  15. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 14:22 | #

    absolutely gorgeous images. Looks like you had a great time. All the textures and patterns are definitely mesmerizing.

  16. Laura
    Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 14:24 | #

    Such breathtaking, inspiring and refreshing post! I love you guys.

  17. Giulia
    Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 15:01 | #

    that’s it! i need to go to Morocco!

  18. Rebecka Berggren
    Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 15:22 | #

    Great photos! Looks like an amazing trip, what lenses do you use?

    • Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 16:19 | #

      Hi Rebecca, at home I use a Canon 50 mm f1.2 for most shots and a 100 mm f/2.8 macro for the close-ups (and sometimes a 35 mm for sceneries). But on this trip I borrowed a 24-70 mm f/2.8L and left the other lenses at home. It was nice to only carry around one lens for a change, even if it is on the heavy side.
      /David

  19. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 17:19 | #

    WHat a beautiful post!… Thank you for sharing stunning snapshots of your trip with your readers. Avos are also really popular here is South Africa so this is next on my list of things to try!

  20. Sophie
    Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 17:30 | #

    Great photos and what an amazing colors!! Inspiring. Just keep doing what you are doing – it is perfect.

  21. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 18:03 | #

    I was patiently waiting for your post on Marrakech, after seeing a sneak peak on Instagram! Gorgeous pictures – The picture of donkey-cart on the street looks so vibrant with colors and loved the liveliness of this street! Such a beautiful post. You are a big inspiration! Love the refreshing lime mousse with pomegranate perfectly conveys Marrakesh energy!

  22. Bernadett
    Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 18:34 | #

    Hey, just wanted to look for recipes with pomegranate as I got 2 of them, and the best recipe I could imagine landed on my screen :D Thanks, will try for breakfast tomorrow for sure! Lovely post, beautiful photos, thanks for those too!

  23. Emily
    Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 19:34 | #

    I’m considering going to Marrakesh in January, would you (or anyone else!) be able to share any travel tips or suggestions? Your pictures are gorgeous! Thanks!

  24. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 20:36 | #

    Wow – your pictures take my breath away as always!

  25. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 21:04 | #

    Judging by all your stunning photos, it looks like you all had an amazing trip in Marrakech. I was there many moons ago and you captured its pink-hued historic buildings and souks, hustle and bustle energy of the city, and colorful light. Thanks! David what is the soundtrack for your video montage? It fits nicely with the photos.

    • Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 22:18 | #

      Thank you Ketmala! The music is just some old Moroccan song from an unknown artist that I found on youtube.
      /David

  26. Posted 14 Nov ’13 at 23:33 | #

    The photography in this post is mind-blowing! I have loved every single of your posts so far, but this one is just incredible! The photos have such a depth and range of colors, a-mazing!

    Juliette

  27. Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 00:45 | #

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous! And I love the recipe too- I think it will be especially perfect once summertime rolls around again (it seems so far away right now!)

  28. KAty
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 04:29 | #

    Hi,I’ve been reading you guys’ blog for a while and I fell in love with it. :D I just really like when you guys made a video. Can you guys do more of that,please. :D I mean I like all the pictures you put it on here, but I really do like the video that you had put on website as well

  29. Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 07:19 | #

    These are gorgeous photos and a wonderful looking treat. Morocco continues to be one of the most inspiring (in food, color, and design) destinations for me, and your pictures bring back wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing!

  30. Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 08:00 | #

    gorgeous pix, thank you

  31. Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 08:10 | #

    Oh Morocco I would love to visit. Your images are just stunning, I love the first photo looking down into your house. Look forward to hearing about your latest venture… it has to be good if you are traveling to Marrakesh!

  32. sandra
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 08:31 | #

    Hi!
    I love Marrokko very much. It is such an amazing country. Your pictures really capture the athmosphere so good. I fell like I can smell and hear all the noises through your pictures! I am just getting into photography. And I often wonder about the long pictures I often see in blogs, like the first shot from the riad or the cafe at the river. How do you do them?

    • Posted 19 Nov ’13 at 23:45 | #

      Ditto! How do you do those really big pictures. They are amazing

  33. Clémentine
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 09:06 | #

    Beautiful pictures! It reminded me my trekking trip to Toubkal with a little stop to Marrakesh!The recipe seems very yummy. I’m already a big fan of raw chocolate/avocado mousse so this one will be a change! Definetly on the menu this weekend!
    Thanks for the nice & inspired recipes!

  34. Chrisi
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 09:23 | #

    such beauty in these photos!

  35. Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 13:44 | #

    Looks so nice and colorful, and also so nutritious with avocado and pomegranate. Well done, I will try that.

    Lisa

    http://www.healthy-soulfood.de

  36. Rebecca
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 19:42 | #

    Beautiful colors, patterns, and textures (I was thinking that before I even looked at your comment below your video)! What an inspiring trip that must have been. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

  37. Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 20:57 | #

    I’m sure you two hear this all the time, but you photography is exquisite- you capture some of the best shots and of course the food doesn’t hurt either ;)

  38. Vanya
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 22:09 | #

    Such a great post! I love your blog and style!
    Lately, I have been experimenting with chia seeds and I was thinking…whether I should add a tsp of chia to the avocado mixture. Maybe some liquid too?
    Thank you and take care!
    Vanya

  39. Posted 16 Nov ’13 at 06:24 | #

    You’ve captured the beauty of Marrakech impeccably! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

  40. Dutchgirlsam
    Posted 16 Nov ’13 at 09:25 | #

    What a lovely post. I think your photo’s are stunning, and I love the way you think when it comes to creating recipes.
    Thank you for the inspiration :)

  41. Posted 16 Nov ’13 at 10:17 | #

    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!

  42. Posted 16 Nov ’13 at 19:55 | #

    absolutely breath-taking post! *sigh*

  43. Natalie
    Posted 17 Nov ’13 at 06:59 | #

    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…

  44. Posted 17 Nov ’13 at 23:50 | #

    Gorgeous recipe, inspired! LOVE Marrakech. Your pictures are stunning. Oh, I miss it!
    Heidi xo

  45. Posted 17 Nov ’13 at 23:52 | #

    David, truly truly wonderful photos. Like insanely great colors.
    The dessert sound delish too.
    /A big fan

  46. Helen
    Posted 18 Nov ’13 at 00:20 | #

    that was an amazing slideshow! love every photo!

  47. Stefan
    Posted 19 Nov ’13 at 10:27 | #

    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.

  48. Posted 19 Nov ’13 at 13:21 | #

    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!

  49. Kiri
    Posted 19 Nov ’13 at 15:33 | #

    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!

  50. Posted 19 Nov ’13 at 23:21 | #

    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 :)

  51. Posted 19 Nov ’13 at 23:43 | #

    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.

  52. Posted 20 Nov ’13 at 01:22 | #

    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

  53. Posted 20 Nov ’13 at 02:51 | #

    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!

  54. Pat
    Posted 20 Nov ’13 at 21:58 | #

    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!

  55. Kanchan
    Posted 21 Nov ’13 at 09:51 | #

    The photos are amazing….have you been to India. Do come..you will find it very photogenic and inspiring!

  56. Maria Salpico
    Posted 21 Nov ’13 at 22:29 | #

    I can’t get enough of this raw key lime mousse! You guys are geniuses!

  57. Posted 22 Nov ’13 at 01:56 | #

    Always inspiring and beautiful images, breathtaking! tnx

  58. AJ
    Posted 22 Nov ’13 at 22:02 | #

    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?

  59. Posted 27 Nov ’13 at 05:42 | #

    This recipe is right up my readers’ alleys. I’ll have to share your recipe soon. Thanks for sharing it with me!

  60. Gina
    Posted 4 Dec ’13 at 19:55 | #

    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. :)

  61. Ash
    Posted 9 Dec ’13 at 15:36 | #

    Wow this looks stunning! I am going to Marrakesh next June and would love to know how you got into a house exchange? Is there a website? :-)

    • Posted 9 Dec ’13 at 16:07 | #

      Hi Ash, there are a number of different sites but we used homexchange.com

      Good luck!
      David

  62. Hayley
    Posted 13 Jan ’14 at 09:40 | #

    Just made this, and it was delicious! Thanks for another great recipe.

  63. michele
    Posted 13 Jan ’14 at 21:13 | #

    Anytime you want some key limes (or kaffir limes/leaves, or Meyer lemons, Eureka lemons, sour oranges, grapefruits…) I would be more than happy to send you a box in thanks for your brilliant website. I live surrounded by an endless supply of organic citrus — it pains me to see key limes smashed by car tires in the street, grapefruits in the gardeners’ refuse piles. I tries a couple of years to make preserved lemons — that I never used because I always have fresh! I would love to share!!!

  64. Gaddemon
    Posted 27 Jul ’14 at 11:02 | #

    I made it, it was really delicious, it has a flavour absolutely like kiwi :)

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