You know how sometimes you’ll see something and it just stops you in your tracks. That happened with this chocolate mousse and the preview for the movie for this book. More on the chocolate mousse later.
So I was on Facebook and one of my favorite authors previewed the upcoming movie Me Before You. Of course I had to watch the clip. Then I immediately went to my library app and ordered the book. In hard copy, large print copy and digital. If a preview could get to me with a :30 second clip, I knew I needed to read the book. Granted it’s a book that’s been out for a while but somehow I had missed reading it.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes is outstanding. It pulls you in from the beginning and tugs at your heart strings at every turn. You hurt for Will, Louisa, his mom, ok maybe not for his ex girlfriend and Lou’s sister but everyone else – well, add her ex to the bad list too.
Here’s the blurb:
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
I went in not really judgmental but maybe one-sided, and Will’s predicament made me look at people differently. You really don’t know how people are affected by their troubles. My heart still breaks for Will and Louisa and I keep asking why wasn’t her love enough. Then I get mad at myself because Will had some great arguments too.
Ugh. I can’t wait to see the movie. I already know I’m going to come out of it looking like Rudolph with a big red shiny nose from all the crying I am going to do. Then I’ll go home and console myself with this chocolate mousse.
The food idea for this #ReadingFoodie book review comes from Louisa’s birthday party and her favorite dessert – chocolate mousse. I had experimented with a couple of recipes when THIS video popped up on my Facebook feed over the weekend. Single serving chocolate mousse with only 3 ingredients? Yes, please. Of course I had to go and add more ingredients to make it extra special for Louisa’s birthday.
This is my go-to dessert now when I need something simple yet scrumptious. Perfection. Now, I did use an electric mixer instead of my hands because, have you met me?! Easy is my middle name. Wait….
Simple Chocolate Mousse for One
1 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 c heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 chocolate cookies, crumbled
Heat heavy whipping cream in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbles start to form along the edges. Turn off heat and add chocolate. Whisk together to melt chocolate. Stir in sugar and vanilla and whisk to incorporate.
Place mixture in a large mason jar and let cool to room temperature. Cover and place in the refrigerator 6 hours or overnight.
Remove from refrigerator and use an electric mixer with one beater to whip mixture in jar until creamy.
Add chocolate cookie crumbs to the bottom of a wide-mouth mason jar. Place mousse in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe mousse on top of cookies. Top with a dollop of whipped topping and strawberry.
Adapted from TheRecipeRebel.com
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