Need some recipes to 'spice' up the special Valentine's night? Read on for some truly tantalizing ones.
Everyone wants to have a romantic Valentine's Day. Everyone wants to make sure that the day is extremely special and that it stays etched in their memories for years to come. There are plenty of romantic ideas that people can think of, but nothing comes even remotely close to matching up to the romance of a home cooked, candle-light dinner.
Cooking for someone is a very special thing to do. You need to tease the taste buds with something delicious and then reward them with something even better. So, especially for all you happy couples out there, we give you some delicious recipes that are sure to leave you and your partner licking your fingers.
Recipes for Valentine's Day
Cooking can be a sensuous experience, when done with the person you love. And Valentine's Day is the most special day of the year for couples. So why not take advantage of this day and get some delicious cooking done with your partner? You'll spend that much more time together and you'll truly appreciate the food that you'll work so hard to make.
Breakfast in Bed: Coffee and French Toast
Nothing is more special than waking up in the morning to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and French Toast wafting into the room. Surprise your girl with this easy breakfast. Let's see how to get the bread done.
Loaf of Bread ~ 1
Eggs ~ 6 - 7
Powdered Sugar ~ 1 small can
Break all the eggs into a bowl.
Add about 3 spoons of the powdered sugar to the eggs and whisk thoroughly.
Make sure that there are no lumps of sugar in the egg yolk.
Place a pan on the stove to heat.
In the meantime, cut up the loaf of bread into heart shaped slices.
When the pan is heated, gently dip a slice of bread into the sweet egg yolk.
Keep it in for about 3 seconds and then flip it over to let the other side absorb the egg.
Now, place this slice on the pan and let it get cooked.
You can lift it from one side to check if it is done.
Once it's ready from one side, flip it and let the other side cook.
Repeat with the other slices and arrange them neatly on a plate and accompany it with a pot of fresh coffee and a red rose for effect.
Lunch or Dinner: Option 1 - Horseradish-Crusted Salmon with Golden Beet Sauce
This one's a designer recipe by none other than the star chef, Marcus Samuelsson. A perfect Aphrodisiac entrée that will have all the right juices flowing. Enjoy it like it should be.
Horseradish Root (fresh) ~ ½
Salmon Steaks ~ 4
Ginger ~ 1 small piece
Garlic ~ 3 cloves
Onion (finely chopped) ~ 1
Fish Stock ~ 2 cups
Dry White Wine ~ ½ cup
Beet Juice from Golden Beets ~ 3
Balsamic Vinegar ~ ½ tbsp
Sour Cream ~ 1 tbsp
Fresh Thyme ~ 2 sprigs
First, get the salmon ready.
Peel and finely grate the horseradish root.
Sauté the salmon steaks in a pan for at least two minutes.
Remove the salmon from the pan and apply the grated horseradish on both sides, generously.
Place the steaks in the oven at a temperature of about 400°F for 15 minutes, or until they turn a shade of golden brown.
In the meantime, you can get started on the beet juice. Take the beets and coat them with a ginger and garlic paste, together with olive oil and place it in an oven at 400°F to heat for an hour.
Then, let them cool down and extract the juice from them, using a juicer.
Take the onion and the thyme and place them in a 12 inch skillet until they sweat out and the onion is semitransparent.
When that happens, add the white wine and the fish stock and keep them on low heat for about 15 minutes.
Then, add the beet juice that you extracted, the vinegar and some salt and pepper to taste. Mix this until all the ingredients are well distributed.
Remove from the stove and get ready to serve.
Option 2 - Chicken in Champagne and Mushroom Sauce
Nothing says celebration like some sparkling champagne. Celebrate V-day in style with this recipe that infuses two wonderful flavors!
3 cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup champagne or any other white wine
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup whipping cream
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
In a bowl, mix the flour with the pepper and salt.
Now, one by one, cover each chicken breast with this mixture and lay them out on a plate.
Place a skillet on medium heat, and heat the olive oil.
Place the chicken breasts on the skillet and cook until they are slightly golden in color.
Make sure that the chicken does not get completely cooked at this stage.
Remove the chicken from the skillet.
Now, in the same skillet, add the butter and the mushrooms.
Let the mushrooms cook until they drain out their water.
Now, add the champagne and stir, then add the cream and let the mixture boil.
Once it begins to boil, reduce the flame and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add the chicken breasts back into the skillet and stir the mixture properly.
Let this be on a medium flame until the chicken has cooked completely through (approximately 10 minutes, check by poking the chicken).
Once it is ready, serve with bread or steamed rice.
Dessert: Coffee Cream Dessert
After that delicious meal, if you still have room for dessert, then here's something you can try out. It's a dessert using a blend of coffee and cream that you both will love!
Sugar ~ 3 tbsp
Heavy cream ~ 3 cups
Unsweetened Chocolate ~ 1 ½ oz
Instant Espresso Powder ~ ½ tbsp
Egg Yolks ~ 2
Vanilla Extract ~ 1tsp
Whipped Cream ~ to garnish
Chocolate Shavings or Chips ~ to garnish
Begin by heating an oven to 300 °F.
Boil some water in a kettle.
Put the cream and sugar in a saucepan, until they simmer.
Then, remove it from the stove and add the chocolate and espresso powder.
Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and whisk until a smooth consistency is obtained.
Put this molten chocolate into heart shaped custard cups and place them in a baking pan.
Pour the hot water in the pan, so that it reaches halfway up the custard cups.
Bake these in the oven for around 25 minutes (or until the center sets).
You can serve this dessert warm or cold. Just remember to garnish it with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle the chocolate shavings or chips on the whipped cream.
These recipes are very easy to prepare and are exceptionally delectable too. So get to the kitchen and have some fun! Happy Valentine's Day!