“ Brand: Marks & Spencer 7 Type: Ready Meal / Type: Other Ready Meals „
In our family we are all big fans of salmon mousse, and this rather surprisingly includes my very fussy son in law and two older granddaughters. So when my daughter saw the wonderful looking Scottish Lochmuir Salmon & Lemon Mascarpone Terrine while spending a £50 voucher on the new M&S Food To Order website she decided to buy it as the centrepiece of the adults' buffet table at my granddaughters recent 12th birthday party.
Oh, and I am so glad she did because this is one of the nicest and most upmarket salmon mousses I've ever eaten. It's in the typical salmon mousse shape, which is reminiscent of the shape of a salmon rather than actually shaped like the fish. The best way to describe the shape is to say look above at the picture and if you decide to buy one of these gorgeous dishes then it will be exactly the same in appearance, my daughters was anyway.
This is a truly luxurious dish and well worth every penny of the £15 she paid for it. It states on the box that this terrine serves 6 - 8 but we cut ours quite thinly and ten people were able to have a nice sized slice. It's very easy to cut up as a sharp knife will literally go through this soft mousse like, well, a hot knife through butter.
The terrine is quite simply wonderful. The salmon mousse itself is soft and sweet with more than a hint of salmon flavour, I think it's important to tell you this as many cheaper salmon mousses are bland and taste little like the original fish that would have gone into their creation. In this you can actually taste the salmon in each forkful of mousse, M&S have used a blend of 'normal' poached Scottish salmon as well as both smoked and hot smoked Scottish salmon and the end result is an amazing infusion of flavours that made me quite wish I'd cut myself a bigger slice! The mousse has a wonderful consistency that literally melts in my mouth, it's extremely light and fluffy with a texture unlike any salmon mousse I've ever tasted.
The salmon mousse is then topped with a lemon and mascarpone mousse which is wonderfully zesty and compliments the salmon perfectly. This thinner layer has a stiffer, creamier texture than the salmon mousse and tastes equally lovely. It has a similar consistency to Philadelphia, although is definitely more creamy and makes me smack my lips with delight. The flavour of lemon is quite strong in the mousse which I think is ideal considering it is being used to top such a delicate tasting dish, the lemon flavour really brings out the natural flavours of the salmon.
M&S have topped the terrine with a layer of slices of Scottish smoked salmon, huge king prawns and asparagus spears. I don't know about you but I cannot stand asparagus so I took these off, my daughter being a vegetable fiend took them off my hands and loved them. She said they were perfectly cooked and had retained the delicate asparagus flavour, which sounds awful to me as I would much prefer asparagus to taste of Tiramisu or something like that! Both the slices of salmon and king prawns are of the highest quality and tasted extremely fresh, the prawns in particular are succulent and juicy and really topped off this wonderful terrine.
All in all I thought this was a fabulous addition to our party table, it added some much needed adult food to a sea of sausage rolls and cheese twists and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Even my 14 month old granddaughter had a few spoonfuls of the salmon mousse and we spotted her later walking around with a prawn almost as big as her hand that she'd filched off someones plate! I just hope she hasn't hidden it somewhere to stink her mums house out!