Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A chocolate mousse that is dairy, egg, and gluten free. And tastes AMAZING!!!

Can you imagine a dairy, and egg and gluten free chocolate mousse. Trust me - it's actually quite hard to come up with one that is moussey and creamy and doesn't taste like a 'dietary' product. One recipe I tried included avocado - I think for bulk as much as anything else. Not a successful substitute for cream I have to say and the resultant mousse was slimey and quite heavy.

I then tried a recipe that included coconut oil and coconut milk into which you melt vegan chocolate. I couldn't decide if my kitchen smelled like a bounty bar or 1980's suntan cream. Way too much coconut, but interestingly when it was just the coconut milk and the chocolate melting the taste was way nicer.

So I played around some more and the result is a chocolate mousse designed specifically for 1 person that could now be dessert for everyone because it is truly delicious. Try it for yourself and see!

This would also make an excellent filling for a chocolate tart.

Chocolate mousse
Makes 4 - 6 portions (this is a rich dessert, so decide yourself)
Dairy, egg, and gluten free. If you have a nut allergy, but can tolerate coconut - as many nut intolerants can - then you can also enjoy this!

200g dark chocolate
250ml coconut milk (use as much of the thick coconut milk as you can - as opposed to the runny liquid)
60g soya margarine (buy the best quality)
2tbsp maple syrup
A couple of drops of orange essence

Slowly melt the dark chocolate in the coconut milk. Do not boil. And keep stirring. Once the chocolate is fully melted,  whisk in the margarine, honey and orange essence.

Pour into ramekins, or little glasses or teacups. Serve with raspberries and raspberry coulis.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

AUTUMN has arrived!

Today, in the bluster of Autumn and the blowing of leaves, I've been nesting indoors. Candles lit and slippers on, imagining the cooler October days to come and the joy of a roaring fire and logs piled high and puddings and stews and pastries and pies.

With every new season I'm imagining the feasts that we'll be creating a year away. We have to start planning now; creating new seasonal dishes; tweaking old favourites and foraging the hedgerows and the forests for all that Autumn has to offer.

Sometimes friends come knocking - with offers of fruitfall that we gladly accept. Last week was plum week (thankyou friend!), and today - in my slippers and my socks - I've had the best of times. Making crumbles and purees and frangipanes that in turn I'll share with friends. We'll eat round a big table - imagining that this was a wedding feast. How will we serve these dishes? What should we serve them with. Will they make guests smile. Are plum bellinis a thing? (And yes they are, I can confirm!)

Happy Autumn!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Reminiscing - a morning well spent!

I cannot believe that I haven't blogged in so long. Almost 6 months. Goodness. It's a sign of how busy we have been, and catching up with the backlogged 'would like to do' list has been put on the backburner for too long! I started off this admin Monday with a determination to properly file/organise some of my images from over the years- and it's been a bit like opening the family photograph album! I've ended up reminiscing and remembering the many wonderful times we have spent cooking and prepping for the most fabulous couples imagineable. 

So, finally writing this blog post is testament to the amount of fun I have had this morning looking back, in the knowledge that we are lucky enough to be preparing for all of the fabulous weddings that are still to come. I hope that you enjoy looking back with me as much as I have!

loin of lamb, bramble gravy, potato dauphinoise

Kasia  at The Cowshed adding the finishing touches to one of our bare naked cakes - this one filled with buttercream and raspberry and cucumber jam.

Aleksandra moddeling our handmade vegetarian haggis 'baws'!

Crayfish cocktail with chicory, tomato concasse and avocado. Went down a storm!

Vegan main - wild mushrooms with griddled polenta cake. Served one of our lovely Churchill Crockery plates

Raspberry cheesecake with lime crumb

Ola adding some finishing touches to desserts

Roast beef with spinach Yorkshires and orange spiced red cabbage

Jack setting up at one of my favourite Glasgow venues - Pollockshields Burgh Hall

Grazing table outside on a  beautifully sunny day at the fabulous Comrie Croft

grazing table for Twinning of Levenmouth with Bruges in France

A drawerful of chocolate brownies - what's not to like! 
wee chocolate doughnuts on a dessert table

Wee chocolate mousses (vegan) in our lovely vintage glasses. Looking good on the dessert ladder.

Doughnuts. Minus the chocolate.

One of our crudite boards. So popular in the summer months.

It reads. If you would really like to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with them. The people who give you their food give you their heart.

Handmade buffalo Scotch eggs.

The edible essence of summer!