Fellas, All You Need is Grub!

by Gavan on February 10, 2010

Valentine’s Day, The day of Love or something like that. I’m not a fan of this hallmark holiday to be honest but I get it. On the one hand I get that it’s the one special day to show the person you love just how much you love them but on the other hand, why does it have to happen every year? Only kiddin’, kinda. Kudos to the shops who capitalize on this day but that’s yet another reason why this holiday bugs me. What’s a Irishman to do? Suck it up is right! I may not buy into the gift giving but I’d better do something special or I’ll be in the dog house! You guys out there feel my pain don’t you?

Since Valentine’s Day has landed on a Sunday this year I thought I’d give you some brunch ideas (think brekkie in bed) and dinner ideas that will make anyone happy and feel special.

BRUNCH:

Spinach & Mushroom Frittata Spinach & Mushroom Frittata with Crispy Potatoes
Spinach is available all year round in SoCal but if you can’t find locally grown spinach in your area right now a great substitute would be kale  or Swiss chard.
Pair with a mimosa and you’ll be in business!

Valentine Beet Soup Valentine’s Beet Soup
Beetroot is in full swing over here. This soup can be served warm or at room temp and it’s presentation is stunning.

Easy Peasy Oysters
Oysters in bed on Valentine’s Day, might be a bit messy but you catch my drift!

DINNER:

The key to dinner is to make delicious food that won’t be too filling. You don’t want your lady (or yourself) to be bloated after a heavy meal if you planning on gettin’ some. Am I right?

Wild Scallops with risotto Wild Scallops with Saffron Butternut Squash Risotto

One word: Delicious! (Remember my advice–Don’t eat too much risotto!)

Here’s (one of my first) a video I did making a Seafood Provencal. Remember, you can substitute the veg for what’s in season and use tinned tomatoes if you can’t get cherry tomatoes this time of year.

DESSERT:

Prosecco Poached Pears

Prosecco Poached Pears
Boxed chocolates ain’t got nuthin’ on these! Plus you have all day since it’s Sunday so go that extra mile. (How am I doing ladies?)

Of course I didn’t forget about the good stuff aka CHOCOLATE. I’m working in my kitchen today whipping up a healthy flourless chocolate cake recipe just for this special occasion so keep checking back all this week for that!

Cheers & Happy Hallmark!

All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.


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