Happy valentine’s day! As a self-confessed romantic, today is one of my favourites. Now I know there’s a lot of hate out there for this particular ‘pathetic, superficial, commercial’ holiday, so I’m gonna (attempt to) convince you to love Valentine’s as much as me. And if that fails…at least we can agree that nothing beats chocolate mousse right?
So all you love-to-hate-vday ‘ers…
Here’s my reasons why you should LOVE Valentine’s Day:
- You have an excuse to eat as much chocolate as you want. (Plus it’s super cheap the next day.)
- You can never have too many cheesy puns.
- You get to celebrate with who you love.
- You can tell anyone how you feel about them.
And if you are riding solo, let me enlighten you with why it’s not so bad:
- You don’t have to compromise… i.e. you can watch Pride and Prejudice in peace.
- You can eat the whole bucket of popcorn without having to share.
- You are allowed to admire other guys without feeling a shred of guilt.
- It’s waaaay less complicated.
Now enough chit-chat, let’s get straight to it. You came for chocolate…and I will not disappoint!
This recipe is great if you are short on time (i.e. lazy or forgetful) or aren’t keen on using raw eggs like in a traditional mousse. Watch out…this is Donald Trump rich so should be eaten with caution (don’t say I didn’t warn ya.)
The recipe comes from my good friend Nigella Lawson.
Instant chocolate mousse:
- 75g marshmallows
- 25g butter, soft
- 60g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
- 60g milk chocolate
- 30ml hot-ish water
- 142ml double or thickened cream
- ½ tsp vanilla
Firstly, put your marshmallows, butter, chocolate and water in a saucepan.
Melt this over a gentle heat, stirring (and licking) occasionally. Remove from the heat.
In the mean time, whip the cream up with vanilla. Then fold this into the cooling chocolate mixture.
Mix it together until it becomes smooth.
Pour into roughly 5 small glasses then refrigerate until you are ready to consume with passion.
So I hope you feel marvelously cheerful now…if not…go make some mousse and let’s talk. There’s nothing chocolate can’t fix.