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As opposed to?
Sorry, my sense of humour is off today. The OP said no seafood because of pregnancy.
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Sorry, my sense of humour is off today. The OP said no seafood because of pregnancy.
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

I'm planning on scallops over bacon mash then by rack of lamb with pomme puree and roasted asparagus followed by profiteroles (OH's favourite) but a white chocolate and hazelnut version...

instead of scallops you could always do a roast tomato soup or bruschetta or something that's nice to pick at.

a risotto with a side salad might be a nice main if you want to avoid meat entirely

Maybe you could buy a non alcoholic champagne or make an exciting soft drink so she still has something nice to drink

for great food pictures/ideas and links to recipes I can fully recommend www.foodgawker.com
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Old 11.02.2011, 11:21
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I am definitely feeling the exciting soft drink re: above post. Use a giant glass jug, fill with pomegranate ice cubes (juice with pomegranate seeds inside), lemonade, grenadine etc.
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

Try this website for ideas:
http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/M...rse/50040.aspx
For dessert I would go for chocolate covered strawberries (white and dark)

Good luck !
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Old 11.02.2011, 11:25
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I am definitely feeling the exciting soft drink re: above post. Use a giant glass jug, fill with pomegranate ice cubes (juice with pomegranate seeds inside), lemonade, grenadine etc.
Who said alcohol's off?
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what about some Charbonnade ? different meat, fish, some sauces.

and to end the soirée, some chocolate sauce to use in a different way
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what about some Charbonnade ? different meat, fish, some sauces.

and to end the soirée, some chocolate sauce to use in a different way
It's like fondue though - a bit dull. And all those raw meats at the table are probably not such a good idea for a pregnant woman.

Although we did have fondue chinoise the other night - another bland meal but the kids enjoy it -but we managed to avoid mixing the raw with the cooked meat.
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Sorry, my sense of humour is off today. The OP said no seafood because of pregnancy.
Ah . . . I just joined in half way through and didn't read the OP.
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

Nice article here on the foods of love:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...s-food-of-love

Truffles might be good . . . I know a few girls who find the aroma enticing. Something like a fonduta is quite simple and fun.

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Old 11.02.2011, 18:06
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

As much as I love roast chicken, I try not to serve food with bones in it at a romantic occasion.

Personally, I think it's best to go asian - the food is normally cut to bite size, and it takes you away from all the flavors you usually find here, and the "beaten flat and breaded" convention you often see. It's relatively straightforward to make a fresh teriyaki sauce, and very very good. Plus, it's relatively simple to broil or charcoal-grill some steak, brush it with sauce, and put some cut vegetables on.

Alternatively, you could show off and go Indian - buy some curry at the local farmer's market, toast it a bit and mix with plain yogurt to make a very rich/spicy sauce, then toss with meat of your choice. You can buy par-baked naan (flatbread) or make your own with a little bit of work.

Either way, it's a delightful break from the usual Teutonic flavor profiles.
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

Congratulations, Tom1234 and Mrs. Tom1234!!! Lovely news...
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As much as I love roast chicken, I try not to serve food with bones in it at a romantic occasion.
My stand-by is grilled chicken breast with homemade herb butter, and tomato risotto and crunchy salad as sides (fennel and celery, finely sliced, with some lemon and olive oil is my favorite at the moment). Simple because the herb butter and salad are easy to prepare in advance and the chicken doesn't require a lot of attention. For the risotto, just add a small tin of tomatoes when you add the stock at the beginning.

Also like baked fish Mediterranean: salt/pepper/dust fish fillets with flour, flash fry them in olive oil, put into a casserole dish. Then, fry up onion, garlic, nice tomatoes (tricky at this time of year--I used cherry tomatoes last time I made it), some roughly chopped olives, and sliced mushrooms. Fry for a few minutes, until the liquid has mostly evaporated. Mix a bit of white wine with some tomato paste, combine with tomato-mushroom mixture, then cover the fish in the casserole with the mixture. Dust with bread crumbs (I'm sure it will be fine without this bit), add some chopped parsley and flakes of butter, then bake 10 minutes at 220 degrees. Serve with side salad and crusty bread. The bread might be difficult in your house--the recipe actually recommends mashed potatoes or parboiled rice as an accompaniment.
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

So how was your Valentine's day meal? We could as well start a new thread.
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Re: Valentine's Day meal - ideas of what to cook?

Well the pan fried scallops were devine, then it all went downhill from there.....

I'd bought 4 oysters, and after cracking them open one smelt, well what i can only describe as rank! So that put us off of eating the other 3.

Followed by more disappointment, mussels. More than half were already open before i even cooked them. i tapped a few on the side (as suggested on the internet) to close them, some closed, most didn't. So after a while i gave up.

We had toast instead!
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Well the pan fried scallops were devine, then it all went downhill from there.....

I'd bought 4 oysters, and after cracking them open one smelt, well what i can only describe as rank! So that put us off of eating the other 3.

Followed by more disappointment, mussels. More than half were already open before i even cooked them. i tapped a few on the side (as suggested on the internet) to close them, some closed, most didn't. So after a while i gave up.

We had toast instead!
When and where did you buy oysters & mussels?
Sorry for your valentine's meal.
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So how was your Valentine's day meal? We could as well start a new thread.

Thans for all the suggestions. There's a lot of knowledge of food and expertise in cooking on EF which is great.
(Especially Argus's long-running photo and recipe thread).

Anyway, our meal:

I was going with Economisto's suggestion for Osso Buco but when I got to the butchers, I remembered why I had never cooked it before - my wife didn't like it.

I asked her about it after the meal and she said she was put off it by her mum's cooking of it - regularly and badly. I'm going to cook it next week to see if I can change her mind.

So, instead, we had a rocket salad, pan-fried medallions of veal-fillet with wilted baby spinach and wild mushrooms followed by a (pasturised) cheese course and then chocolates.

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Veal fillets are one of those things where if you're careful, you can sear it and rest it so it's cooked through but still very tender.

Thanks for everyone's help. Great ideas!

What did other people cook?
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What did other people cook?
mrs and I wound up going out...
we both started with lightly scrambled egg with truffle
then I had a piece of cod served on a bed of leeks topped with a mustard sauce
mrs had what turned out to be a not very nice rack of lamb....overdone and tough


but we picked up a nice recommendation that other day for a new place in Chancy ( outskirts of GE ) run by a former chef from the ChateauVieux ( ** Michelin ) in Satigny.
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Looks great tom!
I planed to cook the sea bream in crusty salt. When i arrived to Manor where I ordered the fish, they told me they did not receive it!! Needless to say that I made a scandal especially that I'm a regular customer they know. They proposed to let me buy anything for 50% of the price as compensation. So I bought some scallops (coquille st-jacques), oysters and mussels (bouchot quality). But since I wanted to make a surprise to my wife, I went online and checked my favourite cook page (chefsimon.com, only in french) and selected following recipes:
- stuffed mushrooms with foie gras
- chinese soupe with scallops
- veal medaillon in green pepper sauce
- dessert: warm-cold strawberry marinated in red-porto

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