Welcome to 2012! Well, the year has started with a bang for us here at Tom’s Kitchen, with many events booked and exciting ventures on the horizon.

One to look out for is the 24th March where we will be attending the Secret Garden Wedding Open Day at Burwash Manor in Barton, Cambridge. Come along and sample some of our canapes and get to see Tom in action as he creates some of his signature dishes in a cooking display. We will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you may have about the services we can offer, you will be able to take away one of our wedding packs and will have the opportunity to enter our competition to win the Bride and Grooms wedding breakfast and a complimentary bottle of wine.

We thought for 2012, we would introduce a new recipe of the month so you can create your own amazing dishes to impress even the fussiest of eaters. To start with, we have to focus on Valentines Day as it fast approaches and have gone for a simple yet delicious chocolate mousse that will definitely wow!

For the Mousse:
5oz marshmallows cut into small pieces
2oz butter
9oz dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces (over 70% cocoa solids would be the best to use)
60ml hot water
1 x 284ml double cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the raspberry coulis:
300g/10½oz raspberries
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

All you need to do is pop the marshmallows, butter, chocolate and water into a pan and heat slowly until all melted together.

Whilst those ingredients are melting, whip the cream and vanilla extract together until they are thick.

Once the chocolate has melted and the cream is nice and thick add the two mixtures together until it is nice and smooth.

All you need to do then is place them in glasses or we use ramekins and place them in the fridge to set.

To make the coulis add all the ingredients together and whizz in a food processor.

When you are ready to serve, you can pour a little of the coulis around the ramekin for decoration or have it in a little jug on the side.

We like to add a little something extra special to our mousse – a little sprinkle of popping candy on the top!

Then serve and enjoy!

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