Raspberry Mousse and Summer Berries
Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://atasteofsavoie.blogspot.com/2010/01/raspberry-mousse.html#more
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Sheri Wetherell
That's the Christmas box packed up for another year. Party's over. Back to business. I find it mildly depressing seeing Christmas decorations still up in mid- to late-January. It's the equivalent of a comb-over or wearing white socks with black shoes - it's just a bit sad.
Two hoover bags later, I'm still finding pine needles all over the house. Mini-B (aka Mr Whippy) came round for a game of cards last night and spent a disproportionate amount of time scrabbling around beneath the kitchen table looking for the cards he'd dropped and each time he resurfaced he looked more and more like a porcupine.
After all the rich festive food we've been eating I fancied something lighter, more delicate - something with a little burst of summer. So I made these raspberry mousses topped with wild raspberries and bilberries I picked last summer.
To save my precious supply of little wild raspberry jewels, I used tinned raspberries - I know, I know - but they work well in this recipe because you have to sieve them to make a purée and you decorate with fresh raspberries at the end. To get the mixture into the moulds I had to pour it from the mixing bowl into a very narrow-necked jug - which resulted in rivers of mousse flowing like molten lava all over the worktop and down the kitchen cupboards. Oh, the carnage.
My new year's resolution is to think more before acting, especially in the kitchen - otherwise I shall not last five minutes at Le Cordon Bleu.
Bon anniversaire to my wonderful aunt, Hils, with whom I have just shared a glass of champagne on Skype (how great is Skype!) during the course of which she wore three different hats. She received the following missive from my six-year old niece:
Splendifourus birthday Hils.
Hope the day is as good as chocolate ice-cream
with a chocolate flake and chocolate souse and
chocolate chip and chocolate sprinkels.
With love so big it wouldn't fit in the unovers. xxx
PS You are sooo lucky to have a birthday on a Saturday.
That girl's going to go far.