A few years ago, while visiting my dear friend Kate in Montreal, I stayed in a little B&B that specialized in vegetarian/vegan cuisine. The proprietor was a lovely man and an excellent chef. I was one of the only guests at the time and so I'd often have breakfast with the proprietor and talk gourmet vegetarian cooking and eating over my very tasty breakfasts. One morning my breakfast included a small bowl of kiwi "mouse" which, Philippe explained, was simple chopped kiwis blended with a little bit of sweetener (I believe he used maple syrup) and ice. The result is a very delicately textured whipped kiwi well mousse of sorts that is delightfully refreshing and tasty, and makes a great accompaniment to breakfast (or would in fact be a lovely and simple, light dessert).
When we had our nasty virus last week friends dropped off some kiwis on request, and another friend brought over a box of organic strawberries. When we finally reached the point of being able to stomach food, we were still a little hesitant about solids, so I decided to try whipping up a variation on Philippe's mousse. The result was pretty decent and I imagine would be a great way to get kids to eat more fruit, as well as an excellent accompaniment to a bowl of oatmeal (for us), or would as I say make a nice light summer dessert. And really, the "recipe" (if you can call it that) is just so darn simple.
Strawberry/Kiwi Mousse in the style of Chez Philippe
Peel and roughly chop 3 kiwis
Remove the stems from approx 6-8 largish strawberries, chop in half
Add to a blender with 2 ice cubes and a generous squeeze of agave syrup (I'd say maybe a scant tbsp). Blend.
That's it. The ice is really just to cool everything down and add a bit of liquid, you don't want to add so much that there's actually ice in the mousse (you're not making a margarita). You could drink this, though it's just a bit thick for that and it's positively wonderful to eat from little bowls with a little spoon. If you don't have agave, maple syrup will do, or if it's the height of summer and your berries are very sweet you can probably do without sweetener at all.