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Mousse au Chocolat Noir in Minutes

Our region has many famous and favourite desserts, like the Croustade aux Pommes et à L’Armagnac, a fruit tart that is not difficult to make but does take a fair amount of time. For our mindfulness and meditation retreats with the horses, I prefer something quick and easy that can preferably be prepared beforehand. Mouse au Chocolat is one of my favourites. I use chocolat noir, usually the Cote d’Or variety and I flavour it with mint leaves from the herb garden.

Ask ten French people how to make mousse au chocolat, and you will end up with ten different recipes. En plus, everybody has their own ideas when it comes to adding flavourings and toppings, but the main ingredients in a chocolate mousse always include chocolate, eggs and sugar. Some recipes also require cream, butter and your choice from a variety of flavourings.

As with any recipe that includes chocolate, the secret is using only the very best chocolate you can. Your mousse is only as good as your chocolate. This basic French chocolate mousse recipe is remarkable in its simplicity.

350g chopped bittersweet chocolate
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of strong coffee
3 eggs
1/4 cup of caster sugar
1 tablespoon real cocoa powder
300ml thick, heavy full-fat cream

Chantilly (whipped cream), fresh mint leaves and grated chocolate to garnish


Place the chocolate, butter and coffee in a glass heat-resistant bowl over a pan of boiling water. The bowl should not touch the water. Stir slowly until all the butter and the chocolate has melted. Remove the bowl from the stove and set it aside to cool.

Place the eggs and the sugar into a large bowl and beat with an electric beater for 3-5 minutes until mixture is pale, thick, lemon-yellow and twice the volume. Carefully fold in the cocoa powder. Add the cooled but still liquid chocolate. Mix well.

Whip cream until thick but do not overdo it. Carefully fold the cream into the chocolate mixture,  keeping the mixture as light as possible. Divide mixture into 6 portions. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. (The mousse can be refrigerated for up to a day.)

Top with chantilly, a mint leaf and grated chocolate to serve.

This recipe is included in my book Secure Your Promising, Purposeful and Prosperous Your Future.

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Bordeaux and the Basque Country on holidays

My blogging friend Claire Godin from visits our part of the world and takes some gorgeous pictures:

I cannot believe this is already September. It feels like the summer flew even faster this year. I  actually started the holiday race on the 14 th June and went back and forth between short period of work and a final long stretch of well deserved holidays.

San Sebastían – Spanish Basque Country

Mid June, I flew to Paris to embark on a road trip from Paris  to San Sebastían passing by the French Basque Country. San Sebastían lives up to the expectations and as you might imagine we spent our time eating and tasting Basque delicacies ( cherries, cheeses, cured ham, mushroom, fish and wine  of course). You can get an idea of my trip in my blog post about Pinxhos here

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13743223_1586402761662238_191085224_n(1)us at Bardenas Reales- LOTS of wind as you can see !

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What is wrong with the south of France?

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You must wonder why we decided to buy our farm, Les Sources Sacrées, here in the south of France where we host our Equine Guided Meditation Retreats, because it is really not a very attractive region.

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The landscape is flat and uninteresting.


Nothing much ever happens.


The food is not particularly good.


The people are quiet and withdrawn.


There are few wild open spaces left.


The wine selection is limited.


The weather is boring.


The roads are congested with traffic.

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It’s just not a very relaxing place.

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There is nowhere you can go for a quiet walk…


…or sit quietly and meditate.

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It is over-populated, there are people everywhere…

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…you never get a moment to yourself.

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What is wrong with the south of France? It is just not the place to go to if you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing holiday far from the maddening crowds, where…

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Hosting Equine-Assisted Therapy Retreats for Midlife Women: Margaretha’s Story

A narrow escape from a charging stallion would cement Margaretha’s love of horses, but it would take her deteriorating eyesight after 20 years as a medical doctor for Margaretha to combine that love with her therapeutic training—and begin hosting transformational retreats in the Gascony region of France.   Tell us about your background…. Read More

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