Monday, 28 April 2008
As tragic as it sounds in my single days, I spent my valentines day alone... so what better than to put this time of aloneness to use and create a fantastic romantic meal for my folks! So listen up all romancers her are a few tips from setting the scene to the meal to wine and dine your dearest!
Set the scene:
To produce a romantic meal to give confidence in your cooking you should dazzle your guest with your elegant presentation skills.
In this case I dressed the table with a red table cloth, red roses, the cards my parents gave to each other for Valentines day, Baileys truffle chocolates, Olives to start, Strawberries with whipped cream to accompany the proud bottle of champagne dominating the table. Along with the cutlery, glasses and a napkin to avoid nasty spillages!
In the background I added some light romantic tunes and lit the room by a candle also situated on the table.
RECIPE: Pecan crusted Salmon stuffed with herbs, resting on a bed of vegetable noodle stir-fry topped with sweet potato mash served with a mango salsa, followed by my famous Duckeys Chocciehotpots.
You will need:
2 Salmon fillets
Fresh herbs (I used dill)
3-4 sweet potatoes
1 pack of noodles
1 pack of stirfry vegetables
For the Mango Salsa:
1 dessert spoon of crème fresh
1 spring onion
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
2. Wash the salmon butter flying in down the middle
3. Stuff the salmon with the herbs (fresh dill and some Italian seasoning)
4. Chop finely some pecan nuts and lay on top of the stuffed Salmon (you can even add extra inside)
5. Wrap the pieces in tin foil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes
6. Meanwhile bring to the boil some noodles whilst stir frying some mixed vegetables
7. Also boil so chopped sweet potatoes for 15 minutes
8. Once the noodles are cooked drain and add to the stir-fry
To make the Salsa:
1. Cut up the Mango and remove skin
2. In a blender add the Mango, lemon juice, chilli, spring onions and crème fresh
3. Season to taste with salt, pepper or any other herb of your choice
1. Serve the stir-fry and noodles onto a plate
2. In the sauce pan mash the sweet potato and serve on top of the stir fry
3. Remove the Salmon from the foil and lay on top of the mash
4. Add your Salsa!
The verdict my folks absolutely loved the meal and wanted more! They also loved the Chocciehotpots and spent the evening nicely full cuddled up on the sofa!
Job done! (I am also available for birthdays and Christmas!) If you have any Valentine food stories then please share on the blog, good, funny or bad!