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The Call of the Wrens is Jenni L. Walsh’s dual timeline story following two women who join the Wrens (the nickname for the Women’s Royal Naval Service). Interwoven in both timelines are two unforgettable love stories, friendships between brave women, and characters who battle their own internal enemies even while serving bravely during the war.
Jenni L. Walsh was kind enough to share her favorite chocolate mousse recipe with us. Made with rich coconut cream, this is a dairy-free option for dessert.
Mousse is such a decadent treat and this recipe was no different. Even with only three ingredients, this mousse was smooth and rich with chocolate flavor. Keep reading to learn more about this easy take on a classic.
The Call of the Wrens is a novel chosen through Book Club Bites’ collaboration with The Best of Women’s Fiction podcast. Don’t forget to check out the fabulous Best of Women’s Fiction podcast where Jenni L. Walsh discusses The Call of the Wrens and more: HERE.
For Other British Food Ideas:
There is actually quite a bit of specific food mentioned in this novel, which is unusual for a WWI or WWII novel. I was honestly glad Walsh chose to focus on the action of the characters rather than on rationing or food shortages. If you are wanting to create a British menu, I think you’ll find plenty of options in this list.
- Evelyn and her parents arrive at the Harrington’s – pheasant for dinner
- Marion and Eddie share lunch after arriving to the service – Corned beef
- Eddie arrives in France and he and Marion meet at the estaminet – sirloin beef, spring cabbage, spuds, and carrots, and pudding for dessert.
- Percy brings Evelyn tea – tea with lavender and apple
- Bombings in London begin and Sarah and Evelyn listen over the radio – scones with clotted cream and jam
Jenni L. Walsh was kind enough to provide us with a chocolate mousse recipe that she loves. I think there’s nothing more romantic than a chocolate dessert, and, since there were two touching romance stories in the novel, chocolate mousse is perfect!
There’s also notes on adding extra flavor if you prefer vanilla or coffee hints in your mousse!
A few tips on making 3-ingredient Chocolate Mousse:
Here are a few tips to help make your cooking experience the best it can be!
- This recipe calls for full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. I used coconut cream and it makes a richer mousse, but you can try with coconut milk.
- If you prefer, you can also make this with heavy cream.
- This recipe makes about 5 one ounce (shot glass) portions. Mousse is usually enjoyed in small quantities. If you have more than 5 people in your book club, you’ll want to adjust the recipe for your needs!
Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe:
3-ingredient Chocolate Mousse
- 1 can full-fat canned coconut milk or cream for dairy-free
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp Dutch cocoa powder (can substitute regular cocoa powder)
- 3-4 tbsp powdered sugar (Or powdered erythritol for lower sugar)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional) Or a banana, 1/2 tsp instant coffee, or 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter
- It’s best to refrigerate the coconut milk overnight so the water will separate. Otherwise, freeze for about 10 minutes.
- Once cold, open the can and transfer only the thick part to a bowl.
- Using a stand mix or hand beaters, whip the cream until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients and continue to whip until a mousse-like texture is formed. Enjoy!
More Fun from Jenni L. Walsh:
Please insert a short description of your recipe and why it relates to your novel. Include any information you think readers would enjoy!
I have a sweet tooth and, in my house, dinner is usually followed by dessert. The same goes for Marion and her love interest Eddie in The Call of the Wrens. Together, they enjoy sirloin of
sumptuous tender beef, spring cabbage, spuds, and carrot (an actual meal from a French estaminet during the war) and follow it with . . . pudding! What’s better than a simple, quick, and delicious rich pudding to follow a meal? This one is vegan, too, which works well for my (mostly) dairy-free diet.
Good food and a good book go hand-in-hand. What is your favorite food to enjoy while reading?
Anything I can put in a bowl. Aka, a dish I can mindlessly put on my lap or beside me and I’m not nervous it’ll make a mess as I blindly and one-handedly scoop or pick from it. Pudding or mousse. Pretzels, popcorn, or crackers. They all work for me!
Did you sample any interesting food while researching this book? Or experience anything exciting while researching?
While drinking a chamomile tea, I decided that my character Evelyn should be drinking it at that moment too!
Find Jenni L. Walsh:
Jenni can be found online!
Don’t forget to check out the fabulous Best of Women’s Fiction podcast where Jenni L. Walsh discusses The Call of the Wrens and more: HERE.
Have you read The Call of the Wrens? What did you think? Did you indulge in this delicious chocolate mousse while reading?
Until next time, Happy Reading!
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