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An excellent chocolate mousse recipe

August 17, 2016

I decided a few weeks ago that it had been far too long since I’d tried to make a great chocolate mousse (and failed miserably). Some Googling a few days ago led me to Gourmantine The Blog, and specifically, this post on the best chocolate mousse recipes.

I was intrigued by the ‘winning’ recipe by pastry chef David Lebovitz – especially because it didn’t call for the traditional heavy cream – so I grabbed a screenshot and whipped it up this afternoon.

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I followed the recipe as written, though the yolk really didn’t want to be ‘whisked’ into the chocolate, so I just stirred vigorously. I also might have over stiffened the whites slightly. I used sea salt.

A recipe in pictures (with commentary):

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I used a mixture of these three chocolates by Cacao Barry to make up the 200g. The resulting mousse was quite dark, so I could have used slightly less of the Tanzanie (75%).

 

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Melted chocolate mixed with the yolks.

 

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‘Stiff peak’ egg whites. Remember to bring your eggs to room temp before whipping. I think these might be slightly over whipped.

 

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I managed to get chocolate everywhere, of course and always.

 

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The recipe made six mousses that perfectly filled my six glass ramekins.

 

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Beauty shot, pre-refrigeration.

 

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After three hours of chill time. Dense but fluffy. Creamy and rich. Almost too dark (my fault). I would suggest serving the mousse with a dollop of whipped cream or some fresh berries for balance.

I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. It’s brilliant.

Speaking of Cozy in a Cup …

August 6, 2016

We were speaking of cupcakes, weren’t we?

Recipe found here and in the Dowser Series Companion Cookbook.

Dowser Series: Cookies, Cupcakes, and other Selected Recipes, Vol. 1

August 5, 2016

I’ve finally collected together some of the recipes from the Dowser Series. So far I’ve included thirteen cupcakes, two cookies, and a brownie from books one through six.

I’ve made the cookbook available as a free PDF download while I slowly develop and test bake more recipes. I will update the PDF periodically. When it is ready, I’ll have it formatted as an ebook and a paperback.

If you sign up for my new release mailing list or my monthly newsletter you will automatically be emailed the download link twenty-four hours later.

Fun! Fun!

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Monthly Newsletter Giveaway: Dowser 3

August 2, 2016

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNER LUCKY #7!Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.15.13 AMI’m publishing my monthly newsletter today (about 10 minutes after this post goes live). Each newsletter features a giveaway, along with some exclusive content (a recipe, Q&A, etc). This month the newsletter also includes a download link for the Dowser Series cookbook! Finally!

The giveaway for the 3rd edition of the newsletter is an autographed paperback of Treasures, Demons and Other Black Magic (Dowser 3).

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I’ll include the two postcards in the giveaway but the chocolate is already gone and the jade plant technically doesn’t belong to me in the first place. 🙂

To enter the autographed paperback giveaway, comment below and let me know:

  1. What is your favourite ‘treasure’? And why?

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. ONE winning entry will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner. No purchase necessary.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it and it will magically appear.

Contest closes THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016 at 8 p.m. PDT.

SHARES AND LIKES ARE WELCOMED AND APPRECIATED.

Oracle 3: deals with devils

July 18, 2016

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Dowser Series: Audiobook CD giveaway

July 15, 2016

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. LUCKY #8 has been emailed.

In celebration of all six of the Dowser Series books now being available in audiobook form, I’m giving away ALL SIX of the Audiobook CDs pictured below. Whoot!

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You can purchase the first audiobook, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser 1) on AudibleAmazonB&N, and iTunes.

Would you like to win the entire Dowser Series audiobook library?

Yes?

To enter comment below and let me know:

  1. What music do you hear playing in the background of Jade’s bakery, Cake in a Cup? Or what particular song epitomizes the Dowser Series for you? Or what bands are on your Dowser Series soundtrack? Or which song would be your favourite character’s theme song?

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. ONE winning entry will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it, then assign it an entry number.

Contest closes TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016 at 8 p.m. PDT.

SHARES AND LIKES ARE WELCOMED AND APPRECIATED.

Oracle 3: 2nd draft excerpt

July 12, 2016

– May contain spoilers for Oracle 1 and 2 –

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“Stop squirming,” I said. “This is what you came here for.”

“It tickles.”

I snorted. “Your life is fraught with inconvenience.”

Henry chuckled, causing his chest to shift underneath my careful henna application. Again.

“Don’t make me hurt you,” I snarled, only half-joking.

“I bet you say that to all the sorcerers.”

“Only the good guys.”

“I’m not sure you’re the best judge of that, Rochelle.”

“Yeah?” I kept my attention glued to the fine line I was adding to the henna design on Henry’s chest. “And what does that say about you?”

Henry didn’t answer. I flicked my gaze from his pale-skinned left pec to his piercing cobalt blue eyes, countering his judgemental silence with a sneer. He broke eye contact with me almost immediately.

I didn’t blame him. I wouldn’t want to be gazing into the weird light-gray eyes of a diminutive oracle either.

– Chapter 1, Oracle 3, 2nd draft (unedited and unproofed)

Dowser 2: paperback giveaway

July 5, 2016

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. LUCKY #23 has been emailed. 😀

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I’m publishing my second monthly newsletter today (about 30 minutes after this post goes live). Each newsletter features a giveaway, along with some exclusive content (a recipe, Q&A, etc).

The giveaway for the 2nd edition newsletter is an autographed paperback of Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (Dowser 2).

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I dug some old trinkets out of the bottom of my jewelry box for this bookstagram, including the key to the actual box. The angel is a Little Traveller.

Dowser 2 features a bunch of items – such as the featured cupcakes – that bring Jade comfort. My comfort items also include cupcakes (of course, and Cozy in a Cup specifically), but a great scented candle, a fantastic nail polish, and a pretty trinket can always bring a little joy to any dour day.

To enter the autographed paperback giveaway, comment below and let me know:

  1. What is your favourite ‘comfort’ item or food? And why?

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. ONE winning entry will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it, then assign it an entry number.

Contest closes THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016 at 8 p.m. PDT.

SHARES AND LIKES ARE WELCOMED AND APPRECIATED.

On Laurel’s 68th birthday

July 5, 2016

This lovely human being, my stepmom Laurel, would have been 68 years old today. She passed away just over 2 years ago. I was going to dedicate my monthly newsletter to her today (since I inadvertently scheduled it for the same day as her birthday) but I became a blubbering mess when I tried to write it.

Instead, I shall post one of my favourite pictures of Laurel, celebrating her birthday at the family cabin she loved so much a few years before she left us.

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I miss you terribly, Laurel. Even two years later. My world remains diminished. Lovely, kind-hearted people should never leave … the world is already severely underpopulated by such souls.

Love and light, Laurel.

iBooks Giveaway – 25 MCD ebooks

June 26, 2016

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. ALL WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.

I’m feeling exceedingly blessed today. As I was writing away in my tiny shed and gazing out at my lovely view, I decided I’d like to randomly share a sliver of my contentment. At first I thought about doing a giveaway for a paperback or gifting a couple of books off someone’s Amazon wish list (I may still do this later on), then I thought about doing something … more expansive. When I run giveaways I always end up wishing I could give something to everyone but obviously I can’t afford to do so …

Except!

I remembered that I have download codes for iBooks that I never think to use. So let use some of them up, eh?

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You can read iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple computer with the free iBooks App. Also remember that Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic is permafree (and here on iBooks). Detailed info on all the books can be found by clicking on the individual cover image on the right hand side of my blog.

How to enter: 

  1. Pick any book listed above that you haven’t had a chance to read yet and comment below with the title.

I will randomly select TWENTY-FIVE people and gift them the book of their choice.

Yep, TWENTY-FIVE.

Have you already read all my books? No worries! Nominate a friend who reads with iBooks and I’d be happy to gift a book to him or her instead. Or, even better, suggest that your friend comment below for a chance to win.

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. 25 winning entries will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it, then assign it an entry number.

Contest closes TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016 at 8 p.m. PDT.

[But 25 is a lot of entries so I may start randomly selecting winners today through Tuesday.]

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SHARES AND LIKES ARE WELCOMED AND APPRECIATED.

 

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