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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

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Perhaps something you can do together?

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Old 10.02.2011, 15:01
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Osso Bucco with creamy risotto Milanese. Sumptuous.

Do you reckon I'd have to order the veal shanks from the butchers?

You've got me thinking about lamb shanks as well which I used to do a lot in the U.K. but I've never seen them here either.
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Old 10.02.2011, 15:02
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

I've found the butchers at Manor will cut lamb shanks off a leg o' lamb.. they'll grumble but they'll do it.



EDIT.. mrs.G does a wonderful braised shank of lamb... maybe I'll ask her to cook for me Valentines Day.
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Old 10.02.2011, 15:06
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Do you reckon I'd have to order the veal shanks from the butchers?
Most butchers have them readily available = "Kalbshaxen" in German
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Do you reckon I'd have to order the veal shanks from the butchers?

You've got me thinking about lamb shanks as well which I used to do a lot in the U.K. but I've never seen them here either.
The butchers at Jelmoli (I know, I know) will do absolutely anything, trim anything, whatever you like. They also try and upsell you "a guy like you can eat more fillet than this!"
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

What about crostinis, for apps baquette, blue cheese, walnuts and honey in that order... toasted under the broiler for 7 min to crisp up the honey and melt the cheese, SOme lovely seedless grapes , apple cider in champagne glasses,



Slow roasted pork loin with balsamic vinger, rosemary and wine. bit of garlic and SP

Served with DOuphinoue (spl chk) Potatoes

Sauteed fresh spinach


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CHocolate dipped Strawberrys or fondue la chocolate! with all sorts of sexy food
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Old 10.02.2011, 15:30
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I think raclette is perfect. Or fondue? So romantic...
I think you have been here too long! It's no wonder the Swiss can't breed enough.
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Old 10.02.2011, 15:42
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

Very easy and tasty: Chicken breasts with Parmesan and Basil Sauce

http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=785473

INGREDIENTS

1 cup (70g) stale breadcrumbs
1/3 cup (25g) coarsely grated parmesan
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 bacon rashers (210g), chopped finely
80g butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon mustard powder
4 single chicken breast fillets (800g)
1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
¼ cup (60ml) white vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup (80ml) cream
1 egg yolk

METHOD

Preheat oven to moderate (180°C/160°C fan-forced).

Combine breadcrumbs, cheese and parsley in large bowl. Set aside.

Cook bacon in large non-stick frying pan until crisp; drain on absorbent paper. Add bacon to breadcrumb mixture.

Combine butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and mustard in shallow dish.

Dip chicken into butter mixture then place, in a single layer, in shallow ovenproof dish. Press crumb mixture on top of chicken.

Cook chicken uncovered (about 35 minutes) until cooked through.

Meanwhile, make basil sauce. Blend oil, vinegar, garlic, basil and cream until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan. Add yolk and whisk over low heat, without boiling, until sauce thickens slightly.

Serve chicken with basil sauce, and green salad, if desired.
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Old 10.02.2011, 17:03
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

My surprise:
- Sea bream cooked in coarse salt crust with sauce hollandaise
- sautéed fresh vegetables
- a nice wine Chateauneuf-Du-Pape (2006)
- dessert
all this in a nice & romantic décor with candles etc....

Easy and tastes great.
Important: when you buy the sea bream from fisher/shop (globus, manor) ask them not to scale the fish. It will prevent too much salt to go into the fish.
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Old 10.02.2011, 17:05
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My surprise:
- Sea bream cooked in coarse salt crust with sauce hollandaise
yes...yes....YES!

A perfect conclusion to Valentines day
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Old 10.02.2011, 17:06
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

Rack of lamb - this is delicious served with a home made cider/apple sauce (normally associated with pork) - very simply, poach sliced apples in butter and brown sugar until caremalised, add a splash of cider and allow to reduce to a gorgeous, golden reduction.

I would serve this with potatoes dauphinoise and either French green beans or a green salad, and pudding would be a chocolate fondue, with a mixture of strawberries, other fruit and marshmallows for dunking. Washed down with champagne, of course!!
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

Lobster and chips with sauce choron.
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Old 10.02.2011, 18:07
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

Cake in the shape of a heart. Recipe is here on the Back-Art blog.



Or LoVe Cupcakes:

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Old 10.02.2011, 18:38
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

Whatever i will find in the fridge. OH will be working and i will be in bed since im working at 6 am the next day
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

I find alot of good ideas on this website http://bbcgoodfood.co.uk
I have never had a bad receipe and there are lots of great ideas for Valentines day. Enjoy!
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Now that's cupcakes with hearts, not in the shape of.I was thinking more of this:valentine-s-day-meal-ideas-what-cook-sp_a0015.jpg

I made it for my mom's birthday.
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Lobster and chips with sauce choron.
I remember the good old days when Lobster was sea food.
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

How about a Beef Stroganoff served with rice or a potato dish. (Our local butcher does the beef all ready prepared so you just have to cook it - I was told that a lot of local butchers do this) It is wonderful

You could followthis with chocolate dipped strawberries which you can feed to each other
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I remember the good old days when Lobster was sea food.
As opposed to?
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, and pudding would be a chocolate fondue, with a mixture of strawberries, other fruit and marshmallows for dunking. Washed down with champagne, of course!!
Strawberries in February? Loaded with pesticides, not advisable, esp. for a pregnant woman.
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