Are we talking chocolate mousse?… Because whenever mousse is mentioned I never think of the lovely savoury mousses my thoughts always turn to…Chocolate mousse…
It could be milk chocolate, dark, chocolate, white chocolate or a combination of all 3…It could be mint chocolate…It could be just 2 ingredients or you could go the whole caboodle and make the most decadent mouse containing whipped egg whites, whipped cream, or both, and flavoured with one or more of types of chocolate, coffee, caramel, puréed fruits, or various herbs and spices, such as mint or vanilla and not forgetting even chilli… I mean chilli and chocolate…heavenly…
The combinations are endless…I am not in favour of using uncooked eggs …I have tried chocolate mousse with avocado..once was enough and never to be repeated…If I want chocolate mousse I will stick with Nigella I mean she loves to cook and eat with no thought to anything especially calories…
- 150 grams mini marshmallows
- 50 grams of soft butter
- 250 grams good dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) chopped into small pieces
- 60ml hot water (from a recently boiled kettle)
- 284ml double cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate, and water in a heavy-based saucepan.
Put the saucepan on the hob, over low heat, though keep it fairly gentle, to melt the contents, stirring every now and again. Remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, whip the cream with the vanilla extract until thick, and then fold into the cooling chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, mixture.
Pour or scrape into 4 glasses or ramekins, about 175ml / ¾ cup each in capacity, or 6 smaller (125ml / ½ cup) ones, and chill until you want to eat.
That’s it for National Mouse Day…I will now share my thoughts…
It seems that when you do a search that somewhere in the world there is a day for every day of the year and sometimes more than one... There is even an odd sock day…
Now I and many others know that socks disappear down a black hole and we all have odd socks tucked away somewhere…But …the list of ‘HOLIDAYS” may be amusing…BUT who decides these days? how many advertising pounds/dollars/baht/yen went into securing each place at a national table?
Take National Dip and Chip Day couldn’t that money ALL those dollars or pounds be better spent into improving school lunches?
National Fish & Chips Day…I love and miss good old British Fish & Chips a glorious thing especially eaten out of the paper on the seafront on a sunny day…However would we not be much better off enforcing the Clean Water Act so we can eat our fish safe in the knowledge that they have unpolluted water to swim and feed in? Just saying!
Just a suggestion but I think that National Food Days should show a genuine civic engagement instead of greedy corporate interests.
I also think that we should reflect on our actions…we have had all year to see the effects of this virus…it has affected so many areas of our lives…it also continues nearly one year on to do so…
Food for thought as we go into Advent and prepare for Christmas and New Year festivities…muted they may be and I am horrified at everyone who is pressuring their governments to ease up on restrictions so they can enjoy YET another Christmas…in the great scheme of things does a muted Christmas safely spent matter?
To those of you who are doing that and celebrating regardless…I hope you don’t pay the price of it being your last one if you or your family contract Covid-19 and don’t live to see another Christmas…
Because be sure that your actions may cause another rise after the festivities …I couldn’t live with that…Could you?
Thank you for reading …Have a brilliant week as we embark on the festive season and please stay safe and feel free to leave a comment I love to chat…x
Until tomorrow when the Christmas run up starts in earnest…xx