Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Hope you all had a lovely day (see what I did there?). I should've really prepared for today but it didn't work out so I had no valentine at all :( but one of my gorgeous friends was handing out valentine carrots (she'd bought a bag of carrots and wrote 'Happy Valentine's Day' on them) and I got one. I felt loved then.
I've been playing with food ideas for the day of romance, so for breakfast I wanted to curl my bacon strips into a heart but, in my house, when we freeze bacon, it's cut into little square bits for ease of use. So a curly heart was not going to happen. I got out my heart shaped cookie cutter to try that before and after the bacon pieces had cooked, and I eventually gave up when I ended up with globby shapes of nothingness (delicious globs at that).
I kinda skipped over lunch. Lunch was extremely unromantic, and really, slightly unhealthy in my (strict) terms. I had chicken wing meat that had very little skin on it (lowish in fat - bad), half a very brown avocado (oxidised omega 3s and not enough fat for my liking - bad), half a raw capsicum, a maaassive handful of raw spinach and rocket (abundance of antinutrients and oxalates - bad), some olives, and a heap of those chargrilled capsicum things in the jar (well coated in canola oil, an oil of evil - bad bad bad). And the lack of multiple ingredients made it worse. It was just an oily capsicum salad. Not that amazing.
I was a little more excited about dinner. I got the barbecue going and smoked up the rest of the capsicum that was halved for the salad, my valentine carrot, a heap of leek and some big prawns, and grabbed some cooked chicken wings, and decided to make a dipping sauce. Although the barbie food was really good (especially the leek and capsicum - capsicum is always good on the barbie), the thing that made it spectacular and made me feel a little more loved was this awesome concoction I came up with. I didn't really measure anything here, but I'll try.
I wanted to make a creamy lemon pepper sauce for my prawnies so I grabbed:
- 2 tsp tahini
- 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1tsp macadamia oil
- good pinch of salt
- a heap of pepper
- half a lemon (you won't need that much)
Then I mixed together the ingredients, squeezing in the lemon as I tasted it (I probably squeezed in 2/3 of the half). I initially didn't add olive oil, but when I did, the whole mixture fell apart. It went all de-emulsified. The olives didn't like the sesame seeds and they just had a big fight and refused to get along. But it tasted so lick-the-spoon-able that I made them get along. I just had to stir the bowl every time I wanted to dip my prawnie in.
But it was worth it. That creamy goodness will definitely be used again.
Well I seemed to have forgotten to add my plans for next Valentine's Day! Oopsies...
This is my ultimate plan for meals as far as 2014 Valentine's Day is concerned:
Breakfast: bacon strips curled into a heart, a sausage cut in half lengthways and curled outwards to make a heart, and an egg cracked in the middle of it. And maybe some caramelised onions to top it off.
Dinner: I really think I should have a big, fat, meaty heart. A beef heart or something. Or maybe something exotic like a goat heart or a monkey heart or something fancy. But a heart. Because isn't that what Valentine's Day is about?