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Friday, December 04, 2009

Baileys Mint Chocolate Mousse

My first contribution to tomorrow night's party is a Baileys chocolate mousse - using Mint Chocolate Baileys! Nom Nom Nom! I didn't make the mousse from scratch because it's not worth the effort when I can buy 500g of premade chocolate mousse for $4.50 - much cheaper than the ingredients alone! This 500g tub, when whipped, netted me 45 chinese soup spoons of mousse, which is more than enough for my purposes.


1 500g tub of Tararua Chocolate Mousse
1/4 Cup of Mint Chocolate Baileys
Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate or any other chocolate (for garnish)

Empty the mousse into a mixing bowl and beat it with an electric beater on high, and gradually add in the Baileys. You should beat for a good 5 minutes, and you'll know when you're done because the mousse will expand in volume, and the colour will pale considerably. A tip for beating with an electric hand mixer is to move the mixer around with a slow whisking motion to encourage air into the mousse. You just want to make sure you don't end up with a snack pack/dairy food looking lump of gloop at the end :)

I used disposable chinese soup spoons for my mousse, because the party isn't at my house, so I'd rather not have to cart any dishes all the way back home, but you might like to use shot glasses, or even meringues or brandy baskets. I used a piping bag and icing tip to transfer the mousse into the spoons without spilling it all over the bench.

Now they're in the fridge chilling, and hopefully setting (fingers crossed). They look a little gross ungarnished as they are, so when I get to the party tomorrow night I'll break out the old dark Lindt and shave some onto the mousse with a potato peeler :)

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From the ashes...

:) Yeah I'm back - kinda - couldn't keep away, yada yada. Only this time I'm back with an all new focus, one that pretty much everyone enjoys:


I've kind of discovered the joy of cooking - at least cooking food that's yummy, so I figured I'd return to blogging to document it and share some of my lessons learned (if I actually learn any).

I'll start by blogging about some mini desserts I'm making for a friend's engagement party tomorrow night. I impulsively bought a pack of 100 plastic chinese spoons (you know, those long deep spoons that you drink soup with at yum cha), and I plan on filling those with Chocolate Mousse and my twist on mini tiramisu. On top of that, I absolutely fell in love with a recipe, by Giada Delaurentis, for blueberry and mascarpone mini turnovers, so I"ll be attempting those, or at least a version of those.

Ciao for now!


Saturday, May 02, 2009

Neglected much?

Yeah... uhhh, sorry about that. I blame twitter actually. Why bother blogging when you can just pick up your phone and tap out what ever's on your mind at the time?

Anyway, I think this blog's pretty much done. If you have the burning urge to keep up with my mundane mutterings, follow me on twitter -, and flick me a DM to say hi. I'm also on facebook somewhere - but not much these days.

Ofcourse, sometimes there are things I need to say that just won't fit in one tweet, so the blog will remain open for intermittent soapboxery, but otherwise it's sayoonara from me, aufwiedersehn (sp?), au revoir, laters mate.