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French Food Friday...Chocolate & Raspberry Mousse

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you have had a fabulous week, ours has been another busy one and the paint is taking longer to dry than I thought so I have more planned for next week. Speaking on next week, St Valetine's Day is not far away so I am starting on menu ideas and this is one that I think would be perfect. It has two of my favourites...chocolate and rasberries, a very yummy combination.

 Chocolate & Raspberry Mousse

  • 150g · 5oz dark chocolate about
  • 50 per cent cocoa broken into pieces
  • 3 medium organic eggs separated
  • 200ml · 7fl oz whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp dark rum optional
  • 15g · ⅔ oz icing sugar sifted plus
  • extra for dusting optional
  • 300g · 11oz raspberries
♥ Break up the dark chocolate and gently melt it in a large bowl set over a pan containing a little simmering water. Leave the melted chocolate to cool for a few minutes. Beat in the egg yolks and then gradually whisk in the cream, rum if including and the sugar.
♥ Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks in a large bowl using an electric whisk. Fold the whisked whites into the chocolate mixture in two or three goes.
♥ Drop a third of the raspberries into six 150ml · 5fl oz ramekins, about 4 in each. Pour over the chocolate mixture filling them to the brim – this is easiest using a jug. Place the ramekins in a baking tray (for ease of handling), loosely cover with clingfilm and chill for several hours or overnight until set.
♥ Serve the mousses with the remaining raspberries, either separately or arranged on top, and finish with a dusting of icing sugar if wished.

.....bon appetit à tous, Leeann x


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{fabulous shop in St Emilion, photo taken by moi}
Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

Last weekend we bought a lot of wine cases as we thought that they would make good storage, as shown in the photo above.

I particularly liked the idea of making a set of drawers with them or perhaps even a serving tray like this.

{photo from here}
We have quite a few boxes and wine box ends so any ideas that you have would be gratefully received...
Mille mercis et bonne semaine a tous.....

Leeann x

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