Three years and counting – Happy Blogiversary to me!

Yeah, three cheers for me!!  I was just notified that Safari of the Mind turned 3 a couple weeks ago.  Wow, how did that happen so quickly?  I’m pretty chuffed with myself as I did not think it would last this long.  I can still remember the very first post on the site.  We had just returned from a 3 week trip to Brazil, I had taken a ton of pictures like every tourist does, together with some notes on the various places visited.  So the light bulb went on, maybe I could start a blog?  I wanted one of the categories on the blog to feature travel, the other gardening, and probably the most popular one today is, cooking!   So how did it all come about?  Why a blog?  Why those 3 different categories?

I guess I had always wanted to keep my recipes that were tried and tested online, I also wanted my girls to be able to access some family favorites when I was no longer around (morbid I know).  I wanted to share with family and friends, so blogging was a great way to be able to accomplish all of the above.  It has given me a sense of discipline, a curiosity to explore and be challenged.   It was to be a hobby after I retired, a past time of sorts, something to keep the grey cells active.

When I first started, I knew nothing about blogging, in fact there was absolutely no method to my madness.  Three years later and I can’t tell you how fulfilling blogging has been for me.  It takes a lot of work to put a post together, there’s research, photography, content, set-up, styling techniques, plating, etc.  When the post has been published, it does not end there, there are comments to answer, there are other blogs to visit and comment on.   My cooking repertoire has blown out of proportion, I think outside the box now.  I love it when friends and family tell me they’ve tried a recipe from the blog, it is very satisfying.  In the gardening arena, I enjoy following people from around the world and learn new and innovative ways to make my garden thrive.  Travel blogs have always been near and dear to me too.  I wanted other categories to be featured on the blog as I get bored with just one subject.  🙂 I do like to view the stats page to find out the countries my blog is reaching.  A map indicates that Safari of the Mind is being read in some remote corners of the world, I love it 🙂

I’d say the most rewarding and gratifying part, are the relationships I’ve forged via this medium.  Some of these altruistic  and wonderful people, feel like old and cherished friends.  They are warmhearted, caring and tender people.  We all share common goals in the blogging world and support one another in our endeavors.  Thank you all so very much for making this all happen on Safari of the Mind.  I wanted to celebrate the blog’s 3rd year anniversary  by presenting something sweet.  You’d be  surprised and bowled over if you knew the secret ingredient to these beautiful little chocolate mousse cups.  Go on, take a guess?

Would you believe it if I told you it was chickpea liquid, also known as Aquafaba?  So often we drain the liquid down the sink and just use the chickpeas.

Well the next time, think again, you’ll want to drain that lovely liquid into a bowl and make these delicious mousse cups with less calories.  I promise you would not know the difference 🙂

How tempting do these look with the fresh strawberries and blueberries?

Aquafaba (chickpea liquid) when mixed, slowly turns into a white fluffy mass, very much like egg whites.  Check out the simple and quick recipe below which makes 3 servings.  Go on, impress your guests.  Now stay tuned for the next surprise when you find out what I’ve made with the chickpeas I saved  🙂

Chocolate Mousse with a surprise ingredient

Ingredients

  • 1 can reserved chickpea liquid (roughly one cup)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Melt your chocolate in a bowl placed over simmering hot water (or in a microwave).
  2. Add vanilla and maple syrup to cooled chocolate.
  3. Mix the liquid of the chickpeas with a blender or electric whisk until stiff peaks form.
  4. Gently fold in the chocolate with a spatula stirring very slightly.
  5. Pour into bowls and refrigerate.
  6. The mousse is ready to eat in an hour.

45 comments

  1. Still can’t “like” wordpress posts. Weird. But, I did not guess correctly the healthy ingredient. I have seen the chickpea liquid used as whipping cream. You have made a weird concept look totally appealing Loretta and inspired me to try it too!

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    1. Crazy huh? Now I have chickpeas in my pantry at all times – such a great idea, and the chickpea brownies were amazing too. So much goodness in one can of chickpeas, and desserts to boot 🙂

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  2. Loretta,
    Congratulations on 3 years! I agree whole heartedly with you- the friends I made in the blogging world is a huge bonus that I never expected.Also we bloggers understand the amount of hard work put in each post and beyond.
    Your chocolate mousse looks amazing and is so healthy! Wow! Such a unique, fun and yummy recipe!
    Your photos are amazing as always. i enjoy reading your posts on gardening, travel and food- so keep on rocking dear friend!

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    1. Thanks so much Sandhya. It truly has been an amazing journey hasn’t it? For me, the best part has been forging friendships and learning so much via the blogging world. It has indeed been a learning experience and I hope I will be able to continue for a few more years. Thanks for always being a great support and friend 🙂

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    1. It has been quite a journey, thanks very much. I’ve learned quite a lot from so many bloggers and hopefully will continue to look forward to more and more blogs like yours too 🙂

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  3. Congratulations loretta on your blog anniversary. Great photography and the recipe sounds amazing. You are an inspiration for we all fellow bloggers. Keep inspiring us with many more amazing posts!!

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    1. And how wonderful it was to have stumbled on your blog and your sweet self Julie. I was so excited to have found the recipe for the chickpea liquid and the chickpeas itself, and desserts no less! I was in heaven as I’m trying so hard to go for desserts that are a bit healthier (is there such a thing)? 🙂 Thanks dear friend, I hope you are doing well.

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  4. That’s quite amazing. I love this post. Congrats on your anniversary as a blogger. I am new in blogging myself and most times I feel a sort of emptiness in terms of what to write. Now your piece has thought me I must to persever if I must succeed. Thanks.

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    1. Well thanks so much. At times it is very normal to feel that way, in fact blogging is so very time consuming, but I try to make time for it even though at times it doesn’t always work the way I want it to. Do not give up though, you will soon find your niche. Good luck!

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  5. Happy 3rd Blog Anniversary, Loretta! I’m so happy that I stumbled upon your blog, for you have scrumptious recipes and beautiful pictures to indulge in. Its amazing how you have gotten many rewards from doing your blog. Like you, my blogging adventure has introduced me to many wonderful friends such as you. It’s a growing and rewarding experience for sure! Happy days to you!💗

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    1. What a sweet message, thank you so much. it’s amazing how real all our blogger friends have become haven’t they? Sometimes I feel like I’m being left behind as I see so many bloggers go on to bigger and wider audiences, but for me I’m content in my own little bubble. I do enjoy the camaraderie with other bloggers (like yourself), and can only hope that I’m enriching my life in more ways than one via the blogging world. I look forward to reading more from you too, I’ve always enjoyed your scribbles 🙂

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  6. Congrats Loretta – 3 years is an accomplishment and you’ve had fun doing it. Like you gardening and cooking are two important areas of my blog, traveling not so much. I’ve enjoyed reading about everything on your blog and I keep trying to make more Indian dishes. Now to your recipe I do love chocolate mousse but with chickpea juice? Oh my I can just picture Gene’s reaction – I could never get him to eat “healthy”. Have a great weekend… 🙂

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    1. Aww, thank you Judi. So happy to have “met” you via the blogging world too. I think we both enjoy gardening just as much as cooking, but I’m no Master Gardener like yourself. Would love to see some more posts from you re gardening. 🙂 Ha ha, yes I could never have fathomed chickpea juice in a chocolate mousse, but you’ve got to take my word for it. It really was almost like the real thing 🙂 Wait for my next post, it is an Indian curry, I know you’d love it 🙂 I’m thinking of you as you downsize. Would love to hear how it’s going. All the very best to you Judi. xo

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  7. Congratulations on three happy years of blogging, Loretta! I’m so happy that our blogs connected us. I feel the very same way about this wonderful blogging community. I have learned so many interesting things from you! This recipe is fascinating! I must try it… just to taste it. Wishing you happy days in your garden! 💗

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    1. Aww, thanks so much Dawn. I too am so happy our blogging paths connected. I hope to read a lot more posts from you. Sometimes it is hard to believe 3 years has really gone by, but I am pretty committed and hope to continue for a few years. I wish you many happy days in your garden too, it surely is a gorgeous time of year. Best wishes from my blog to yours 🙂

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    1. Thank you Freda. You definitely ought to, it’s pretty versatile too. It’s quite amazing how the liquid whips up just like egg whites. I hope you give it a go. Thanks for stopping by, I know how busy you must be with the little one.

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  8. Loretta, only three years? I feel like I’ve “known” you forever! I wish I would have been there in real life to help celebrate (and have one of these, lol!)

    You do a great job, and am looking forward to the next three years – and beyond. And the cookbook/garden/travel lifestyle book you should put out!!

    Mollie

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    1. Thanks Mollie. I’m having a tough time keeping up with responses, so I apologize that this is so late. Thanks for your sweet words. Ditto at this end 🙂 It does take a lot of time and energy blogging does, but it does have its rewards doesn’t it? As for the book HA! It will need to go to many editors before it goes out in print :))

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