The past couple of days have seen a couple of celebrations in our family.
Firstly, we celebrated my husband's birthday. After last year's milestone birthday (remember the Birthday Barge?) this year's one was a little more low key! A day at home with the boys and a special dinner.
He requested a slow cooked beef & red wine casserole, which I cooked overnight in the slow cooker. I also added bacon, parsley & mushrooms and the finished result was wonderfully rich. We had it with some puff pastry (not homemade!), roast potatoes and broccoli.
The day after my husband's birthday his parents celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary!
We came through to stay with them for a couple of days and cooked them a special meal to celebrate their anniversary. The pudding I had made the day before proved so popular with everyone that it was requested again for granny and grandad.
So, the quick and easy recipe is for raspberry coullis. Simply add 300g raspberries (fresh or frozen, it doesn't matter), 100g icing sugar and the juice of half a lemon to a pan. Heat gently for about 5-10 minutes until you have a lovely jammy looking mush. It will take a little longer if your berries are frozen.
For a proper coullis you should then push the whole thing through a sieve to get a smooth, seedless sauce, but I like the rustic look of it just as it is.
You can serve it slightly warm straight from the pan or cool it down and have it chilled. It is wonderful with chocolate cake and equally good with ice cream. I'm sure it would be lovely with some pancakes and a whole host of other treats too!
You don't need to wait for a double celebration in your family to try it out either!