Monday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!


Valentine roses by Dreska(in mspaint!) Posted by Hello

I know it's all too commercial nowadays, but I still LOVE it!(sad as some people might think it is, I take every opportunity to make my life as colourful as possible! Whether it is cooking colourful meals, buying colourful flowers or writing coloured text.) :) And that's not everything!
Strap yourself to your chairs now!
I even buy my own 'Valentine flowers'! And why not?!
Here are few good reasons in defence:
1. I love flowers
2. I love choosing the colours
3. My hubby can never say: Sorry darling, I forgot!

And since I have become a blog publisher, I have even read upon the Saint Valentine's history. I found it a little predictable, but nevertheless educating. http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/valentine/

Something about Rome, fertility celebrations, marriages after 1 year's courting and much more...
Talking about which, if you fancy a celebration breakfast, light lunch or dinner, here's a recipe:

Breakfast, Light lunch:
Smoked Salmon, egg & oyster mushroom toast
thick toasted brown bread
smoked salmon (trimmings or slices)
6 (or 1 packet)oyster mushrooms(hliva ustricova)
3 eggs (beaten)
3 tbsp milk (or cream for a richer taste)
salt, pepper, red chilli (fresh if possible)
8 cherry tomatoes (halved)
1/4 of big red onion (sliced) - (or 2 shallots)
olive oil
fresh chives

Heat grill to a high temperature.
Heat olive oil in a pan, add onion and oyster mushrooms, salt, pepper and chilli. Fry a 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms let out some juice and slightly brown. Add cheery tomatoes. Meanwhile, beat the eggs with the milk. Add to the pan, stir 2-3 times and set aside uncooked.
Put the toasts onto a grill tray and spoon the uncooked egg mixture onto the toasts.(don't worry about the spills to the side of the bread, it will cook).
Put under grill and cook. Once cooked, spoon the cooked spills onto the bread too. Put the toasts on the plates and top with salmon trimmings(or salmon slices cut into strips). Finish off the topping with chives( cut the length in 1/2).



Dinner:
Green Thai King (prawn curry)

I must admit this was my hubbie's choice when I asked him what he would fancy as a special treat. (he even came to Tesco to choose the fresh prawns specially with me!)
Although, it is a fact that thai food is the every-celebration must these days.
It is considered as No.1 on the list of oriental cuisines and oriental cuisines equal romance, so what are you waiting for? Get cooking!


150 g King Prawns (ready to eat ) - £3.00
Green thai curry paste
100 g creamed coconut block
400 ml hot water
red chilli
(sliced and chopped - to give the meal a bit of a kick or your loved one too if you feel like it).
It looks good too - red & green.
white boiled rice

Put the coconut block in a small jug(500ml or 1 pint) and boil hot water in the kettle. Pour water over the block in the jug and stir until dissolved and formed into a milk of a sort.
Heat a non-stick pan and add 4 tbsp of green thai curry paste (careful as it starts sizzling and spitting, pardon me!), stir for 3 seconds and add the coconut milk (1/2 to start with). Stir and blend it in with the paste. I should start to thicken after few seconds. (if not, your hob is not turned on!)
Add as much milk as much sauce you want to have. The more milk you add, the thinner the sauce will get. (if you want it really thick, melt more of of the coconut block in hot water)
Once you are happy with your sauce, add the prawns and cook for 5-7 seconds and serve on the bed of white boiled rice.
Maybe few cherry tomatoes cut in halves to decorate around the plate.


Dessert:
Bannoffeelicious
For many people Valentine's dessert is represented by strawberries and champagne. But my favourite dessert (especially in winter) is banana with hot toffee & vanilla ice-cream on top of digestive biscuits.
So simple, soooo ..... ..............simple,............. so..............................simple?

2 bananas
1/2 can of condensed milk
2-3 tbsp of dark brown(molasses) sugar
vanilla ice-cream (or your favourite, not fruity though)
6 digestive biscuits

Chop the bananas into circles and lay in 2 dessert glasses. Crumble the biscuits on top of the bananas. Cook and constantly stir the condensed milk in a saucepan with the sugar until it thickens. Pour on top of bananas. Add ice-cream and enjoy!






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