What Do You Deserve?…

I bet you have been saying to yourself, isn’t it playoff hockey? Why haven’t we heard Peabody talk about it then? Why it is your lucky day!
First an update on my own teams. Calgary…out. Sigh. Flyers…surprisingly in and up 3-1 in the series so things are looking good to make it to the Eastern Conference finals.
Sadly I predict that the Penguins and the Red Wings will make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year, with, and I hate to even type it…the Red Wings winning. Ugh. I could be wrong. I have only been wrong once in the last 8 years now…and that is when Calgary lost to Tampa Bay.
Anyway, I will now go on my rant. Other than food blogs, I read hockey blogs. There is nothing I hate more than when I read people saying that their team DESERVES to win the cup this year. No one deserves to win the cup except the team that actually does. It does not matter if you had the best season in franchise history…if you did, that is why they give out the President’s Trophy…to say good job. But when playoffs roll around, it’s anyone’s game…and that is what makes it special.
Your team has 7 games to get it done. If they don’t get it done in that time they don’t deserve to move on. Don’t bitch about the call the referee made in the 3rd period that made you lose the game. Your team lost the game. They get paid to win games, no matter what the circumstance. That is their job….their million(s) dollar job.
I was crushed beyond all belief when Tampa Bay won game 7 against Calgary. You can ask my husband, I cried for hours and moped for days. I really thought it was their year. But they didn’t get it done, and they had more than ample opportunity to do so. And so, sadly, they did not deserve to win that year….Tampa Bay did.
So the nice girl you know here in food blogging world is actually less than nice in the hockey world to those stupid enough to write on their blog that their team deserved to win. :P
And speaking of deserving things. After a long day of super Spring cleaning the house I decided I deserved a little treat of my own. Not a giant silver cup to hoist over my head, but a key lime mousse parfait. I still had leftover key limes from my pie making day and so decided to do something with that. Combine that with my giant flat of strawberries that needed to be dealt with. What you get is a tart, silky mousse that meets a sweet ribbon of fresh strawberries that took a little bath in some sugar and lime juice. Followed by the tart and silky mousse again….and so on.
I’ll be sure and keep you posted about the Flyers as I know you will be on the edge of your seat waiting to hear all about it. :)

Key Lime Mousse and Fresh Strawberries Parfait

Key Lime Mousse:
2 TBSP water
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
½ cup unsalted butter
¾ cup sugar
3 TBSP grated key lime zest
½ cup fresh key lime juice
pinch of salt
6 large egg yolks
¾ cup heavy whipping cream

Pour water into a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let stand for about 10 minutes, until softened. Place bowl in a large bowl of hot water, and stir until gelatin has dissolved and the liquid is clear.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the sugar, zest, lime juice, and salt. Whisk in the yolks until smooth. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it thickens and leaves a path on th back of a wooden spoon when a finger is drawn across it, don not allow this mixture to boil.
Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the gelatin mixture, and immediately pour through a strainer into a bowl. Let cool to room temperature, whisking occasionally.
Beat the cream with an electric mixer on high speed in a large bowl just until the cream forms stiff peaks. Add the cream to the lime mixture in 3 batches, gently folding it in with a whisk or rubber spatula.

Macerated Strawberries

2 cups sliced strawberries
¼ cup sugar
1 TBSP key lime juice

Throw all the ingredients into a bowl. With a fork lightly mash strawberries to bruise them and release their juices. Let sit in fridge for 2 hours.

To make parfaits:
Place in alternating layers, mousse then strawberries, mousse than strawberries and then mousse. Or really however you would like to layer them.
Makes about 3 servings in stemmed glasses.
Refrigerate, loosely covered, for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days, until set and thoroughly chilled.

Source: Adapted from Luscious Lemon Desserts by Lori Longbotham


  1. I can never comment on hockey because I have no clue about the sport… sorry… but this? this looks delicious and creamy and sweet… perfect!

  2. Sounds good to me. I deserve one, for sure!

  3. This is to die for. YUM!!!

  4. My hubby is a lifelong Canadiens fan, so he is suffering right now. And while of course his team doesn’t deserve to win, though we hope they will, my hubby deserves a lovely dessert like this one!

  5. I’m drooling, that looks a like a glass full of heaven!

  6. This mousse looks delicious! You are killing me with all the key lime. I need to make something with it soon.

    You are more sure about the Wings than I :P I also think it will be Pittsburgh v. Detroit but the Penguins have a ridiculously good lineup so I’m not 100% sure the Wings will take the cup this year.

  7. I have some key limes I need to use up. This looks great!

  8. oh you beast, Peabody. I have no time to cook right now, and you are tempting me with this when I have a punnet of ripe strawberries!! I am so going to make this.

  9. Oh, yum yum yum! I can actually get key limes here, which surprises me given that we’re in the sticks…I might have to get some!

  10. I think I deserve one of these… for no particular reason.

  11. *sigh* I have been so out of the loop this season as far as hockey goes. Between work and kids, I just can’t keep up. My husband is a huge Flyers fan (and I don’t have any objection to them), so things are pretty happy around here right now. It pains me to hear you predict that the Red Wings will win the Cup. I’m glad you had that lovely parfait to take the bad taste out of your mouth. =)

  12. That is so up my street, I just want to get a spoon an dig in, gorgeous!!

  13. It looks like we had similar ideas for today! It looks fabulous! :)

  14. Yes, please DO keep up updated about the Flyers!! I love your enthusiasm about it :0)

    That parfait is quite a lovely, refreshing treat for yourself – enjoy!

  15. Serious question – I made something very similar with lemon instead of key lime and it was waaaaaaay too much for the wine glasses. It got rave reviews, but no one could finish their glass of parfait. Is yours more manageable to eat in a single serving?

  16. Oh, that looks so delicious! I love the shockingly red, ripe strawberry ribbon swirled throughout. Yum.

  17. I don’t a darn thing about hockey except it’s fun to watch!

    This dessert looks wonderful and the presentation is just perfect. What a great combo of flavors.

  18. I feel the same way when I read about rugby blogs! The mousse is perfect for this time of year!


  20. I don’t nuthin’ bout hockey, Miss Scarlett.
    But I deserve to eat that parfait.

  21. The combination of strawberry and lime sounds just perfect! And it’s gorgeous, as well!

  22. This looks yummy! I think ALL HOCKEY FANS deserve one of these!! :) I hope you’re wrong about the Red Wings….I can’t even stand the thought of them winning. Still holding on for Habs(Crazy I know :)!! Love your site!

  23. Hockey blogs? Never thought there could be such a thing!

    This is the sort of dessert that I swoon over (and deserve!)

  24. This looks fabulous! I love the flavor of key lime and I love seeing you use it in another way besides the traditional key lime pie…thanks!

  25. When I was a kid, I thought a parfait was the epitome of great eating. But, I don’t make them anymore. Why? I still think they’re the bees knees. So, you have kicked me in the behind and made me realize I must have one!

  26. this looks fantastic!! Great summer time treat!

  27. that looks so yumm, i’m going to have to make myself some!

    thanks peabody!

  28. Tampa Bay has a hockey team? Er…I didn’t even know that and I live in Tampa Bay. I need to get out of the kitchen more.

    Can I still have a parfait? They look creamy, dremy and delicious! :)

  29. Oops! Dreamy

  30. Oh mmm…that looks delicious to say the least! I grew up in Canada, and Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights was a right of passage. We absolutely did nothing else, watched nothing else, talked, lived, esperienced nothing else. Of course back in them there days it was a sport that was played in the frozen back yards of just about every household in the country. Young hockey players cut their teeth on the frozen back yard ice rinks in little or next to no equipment. To be a hockey player all you needed was a stick, a puck and a pair of skates. I dare say we no longer recognize the sport from what it once was.

  31. yum, that looks delicious Peabody. And you can’t eat giant silver cups anyway…

  32. I am sorry that I am not a hockey fan…seems to me I am missing out on a lot of fun, but good golly I will cheer my lungs out for one of the delightful desserts. Damn it looks good.

  33. Yum! Seriously yum! I don’t know anything about hockey really, but I like what you had to say. Seems to me it makes sense over any sport. Around our house though it is all about skydiving and supercross, so I guess we just aren’t into team sports period. Sounds like we are missing out!

  34. That looks outrageously yummy!

  35. You are killing me. I have to have this TODAY.

  36. i deserve a key lime mousse parfait with strawberries too, but so far today no one’s brought me one.

  37. I seriously need to work on getting over my fear of making mousse, because I want this NOW. :)

  38. I’d even consider doing spring cleaning if some of this mousse was waiting afterwards.
    Hope that the Flyers do well and do their job. And it’s OK to not ba nice in the world of hockey :)

  39. I’m so glad I finally get to see the gorgeous pictures in this post! Strawberries bathing in key lime juice? I really think that’s a winner by itself!

  40. Yes, Susan Tampa Bay has the Tampa Bay Lightening.

  41. What a gorgeous dessert! And not that I know anything about ice hockey, but best of luck to your team :)

  42. Ah well, some folks deserve a good swift kick in the shins ;) I love this combination of flavors! and it looks gorgeous to boot.

  43. I certainly don’t deserve that parfait, but I want it! Delicious!

  44. Looks good.
    Sadly, our team (Ottawa) did not deserve to even make it into the play offs this year. They sucked.

  45. Oh, this just got bookmarked. :) Looks amazing.

  46. YUM. love the idea of key lime with strawberry – not a combo i have ever seen before.

  47. I’m able to handle the edge of the seat with a glass of Key Lime Mousse and Fresh Strawberries Parfait in hand;))

  48. Your pictures were irresistable! I made the parfait this past weekend, and it was just perfect (not as pretty as yours though). =) Thank you!!

  49. As always, great post, great work. I just did a summer fruit with cream parfait with simple syrup. If you have the time come by and take a look. I made a quick cream with whipping cream, sour cream and honey.


    Thanks so much and thanks for the great ideas all the time!



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