Valentine’s Day Food – Sushi Hearts

The day of love is here! Everyone is undoubtedly planning to surprise their spouse with a token of love and admiration. Hope you enjoyed my Valentine’s day ideas for food. My Aunt Poly recently had an awesome trip to Japan. She had to attend her relative’s wedding. The couple planned to go for a week to utilize their visit to the fullest. I think it’s a great idea. Yesterday, they came in for tea and were talking about the yummy Japanese food other than anything else. She loved sushi. It suddenly struck my mind to prepare the same for my loved one, this Valentine’s Day. Sushi stands among the most popular Japanese food. Sushi is basically a cold roll of fish and rice. The ingredients and preparation methods varies from place to place.

Heart Shaped Sushi
Heart Shaped Sushi

Day by day, the popularity of this Japanese food is increasing. This results using the recipe in numerous delectable. Some unique Japanese ingredients have been used in the recipe which are readily available in the stores nearby. Nori seaweed sheet is an edible red seaweed that is popular in East Asia. I have used wasabi paste here. Mix equal amounts of wasabi powder and water to make wasabi paste. Wasabi is a Japanese plant with thick green root tasting like horseradish. Wasabi powder is easily available in the market. I have also used sushi ginger AKA gari. This is nothing but thinly sliced young ginger marinated in a solution of sugar and vinegar. So surprise your love with something unique!

Ingredients:-

200 grams Cooked Rice,

4 Nori Seaweed Sheets,

4 tablespoons Sushi Rice Vinegar,

For Seasoning:-

1 tablespoon Soy Sauce,

1 teaspoon Wasabi Paste,

20 grams Sushi Ginger (Optional).

For Filling:-

2 thinly sliced Avocados,

200 grams Fish Roe Egg,

200 grams Raw Tuna or Salmon,

50 grams Sesame Seeds (optional).

Preparation Method:-

  1. Before you make sushi, prepare the sushi rice that will be used. Just mix cooked rice with 4 tablespoons of sushi rice vinegar.

  2. Slice avocado and fish into long, thin strips. Try keeping the thickness of both ingredients upto 2 cm.

  3. Take a sheet of nori seaweed and cut it in half before spreading cooked rice on it. Flip it over, such that rice is facing down. Place avocado slices and fish on the nori seaweed such that it’s covered.

  4. Take a sushi rolling mat. Compress rolls, so that they are tight and solid. Now push the side of the sushi roll furthest away from you down with the mat so that it starts spreading out.

  5. Our goal is to create a teardrop shape with the sushi roll. This will form one half of the heart piece.

  6. Then carefully peel away the plastic. Press two teardrop pieces together to create one whole heart piece. Serve the finished sushi to your love.

Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine’s Day

Enjoy the yummzz!

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Gift Strawberry Macaroons on Valentine’s Day

It’s well said, “Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” I completely agree with this saying. Do you? You can do anything to see your baby smile. Gift your valentine, something that’s original, homemade and your creativity. Isn’t that a great idea? I’m sure it’s gonna win the heart. Nothing would be better than gifting soft, lite pink strawberry macaroons made with your whole heart and soul. The best part is that you can add in any cream filling, keeping in mind the choice of your partner. Hope you liked my crazy Valentine’s Day ideas. For now let’s start with this sweet affair.

Yummy Macaroons!
Yummy Macaroons!

Ingredients:-

4 large egg whites,

1/3 cup caster sugar,

1 1/2 cups icing sugar,

4 teaspoons almond meal,

Food coloring as per choice.

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat the oven to 150 D.C. Place egg whites and caster sugar in a bowl. Beat with blender until stiff enough to turn the bowl upside down without it falling out. Continue to whip for 2 more minutes.

2. Add gel or powdered food coloring and continue to mix for a further 30 seconds. Sift the almond meal and icing sugar and salt twice, discarding almond lumps.

3. Add the egg white mixture. Pipe onto trays lined with baking paper. Prefer heart shape if you are gifting.

4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Check if one comes off the tray clean, if not bake for a little longer.

5. When cool, taking two, add in the cream of your choice. I prefer strawberry cream. Enjoy!

Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cheers with Valentine’s Day Cocktails

A good date’s first impression is as essential as a refreshing cocktail, oozing with love. Whether it is a sit-down dinner date at restaurant, a movie at home, party at bar or more creative ventures, certainly a stimulating cocktail makes the time most memorable. The classic and all-time great cocktails opens way to perfect blend of vodka, champagne, wine etc. These are the drinks that time has refined and enhanced. Happy Valentine’s day to all of you. Hope you enjoyed my last year’s collection of Valentine’s Day Cocktails also. Juz check what I’ve got for you.

Raspberry Treat
Raspberry Treat

Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini – Want a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day celebration? Here I present the perfect blend of Raspberry and Chocolate with a kiss of Martini. The super flavor is made by adding mint-infused simple syrup, chocolate cookies, raspberries, vodka and cranberry juice with loads of ice. All you needa do is fill the mint syrup, place thawed raspberries, add in vodka and cranberry juice and shake it in a shaker. This is the sip of love.

Choco Love Cocktail
Choco Love Cocktail

Hot Chocolate Cocktail – Your loved one may still crave for something warm in these chilling. A warm mixed drink of peppermint schnapps, coffee liqueur, and hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream will keep up the spirit of love forever and ever. This is enough to keep you warm in winter especially on the love-struck day called the Valentine’s day. This is a super fun and flirty drink which brings the steaming love to the par.

My Pomegranate Way
My Pomegranate Way

Pomegranate-Champagne Punch – Break out the punch bowl with this perfect punch recipe. Celebrate a stress-free affair and serve this favorite, make-ahead date drink with a fizzy and fruity way. All you require is to boil the water and sugar in small saucepan. Simmer for seven minutes. Cool the syrup. Take a punch bowl, add champagne, rum and pomegranate juice to it. To this add prepared sugar syrup. Mix lemon slices, pomegranate seeds and mint leaves. At last add ice. The recipe is super simple and oozing with love.

Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine’s Day

Enjoy the date!

Valentine’s Day Special Vegan Dip

It is often said, ‘You are blessed doublee if you are in love’. So how many thumbs up for this? Valentine’s day is here, express your feeling of love, affection and friendship. No matter how you dice and slice it, food and love are always inextricably tied. What are you planning for the love struck holiday? If your girl is hot, I’ve got something to really heat up your romantic date. Appetizers is a must from small to large scale gathering and even for a date.

Hot Chili Dip
Hot Chili Dip

Hope you enjoyed my last year’s Valentine’s day special recipe, Cheesy hearts. A winning dip or spread can score big at any special occasion. This is a classic hot vegan dip that can be served with almost anything your soul mate likes whether it is crackers, chips or roasted vegetables. Do you really want the good times to roll? Serve her with something sizzling, tangy and spicy apart from your love.

Vegan Walnut and Red Pepper Dip

Ingredients:-

1 cup Water,

3/4 teaspoon Salt,

3 red bell Peppers,

1 small Garlic Clove,

1 1/2 teaspoons Paprika,

1 tablespoon Lemon juice,

2 slices Toast Pita Bread,

Black Pepper as required,

3/4 teaspoon ground Cumin,

1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar,

4 ounces toasted Walnut pieces,

2 teaspoons Extra-virgin Olive Oil.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Roast peppers over gas burner till they are black. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Cool for 15 minutes. Peel and discard skin, stem and seeds. Keep aside.

  2. Toast pita bread until crisp. Break into 2 inch pieces and place in a bowl. Cover with water. Soak until soft for 10 minutes. Transfer to a sieve and drain well. Press out excess of water. Keep aside.

  3. Blend garlic and walnut pieces in a food processor. Now add paprika, cumin and reserved peppers and pita bread. Process for another 10 seconds.

  4. Add lemon juice, oil, vinegar and salt. Season with black pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate it overnight.

  5. Before serving, bring the dip to room temperature. Drizzle with oil. Garnish with walnuts. Enjoy with any snacks.

With Love
With Love

Happy Valentine’s Day

My Heart Recipes – Happy Valentine’s Day

Everything hearty…Check it out!!!

Seafood Yummzz..

Seafood Yummzz..
Seafood Yummzz..

Roasted Shrimp and Tomato with greens

We can roast, clean shrimp or prawns, as per choice. Use two shrimps at a time with a piece of tomato in between as shown in the image. Squeeze fresh lemon over it with seasoned salt and pepper. Serve with greens. Enjoy!

Smoked Salmon and Crispy Potato with Sour Cream

Salmon can be smoked with spices and lemon. Potatoes can be partially fried. Both can be baked. We can mash and use them both for baking. We can dice the two and bake them as well. Smoked Salmon and Crispy Potato with Sour Cream is the perfect combo to be served as heavy evening snacks.

Heart-shape Tuna Pie

Tuna can be baked or par boiled and then encased in special pastry of heart shapes and then warmed. This can be served with wine, making a heavy snacks for your Valentine to enrich the taste of the date.

For All Veggies

For All Veggies
For All Veggies

Jalapeno Pepper, Onion and Tomato Extra Cheese Pizza

It is often said, ‘there’s no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap’. This time close your love’s eyes and place this warm pizza on his lap. Your love will be more than surprised to see the pizza of heart shape. The shape requires no such creativity, it can be done with simple knife. Top with oregano and chilli tomato sauce.

Fried Potatoes Heart-shaped Chips

Heart shape cutter is readily available in the market. Thinly slice the potatoes. Make a mixture of cornflour, salt and ground pepper and water. Coat the chips with the mixture. Delicious heart chips are ready in no time. Fry them in batches, topping with your favorite sauce. Yummzzzz!!!

Heart Shape Vegetarian Roasted Mushroom Lasagna

This recipe is a bit time consuming but a very small sacrifice to see a smile on you love’s face. This is rich lasagna entree with its layers of rosemary-roasted mushrooms, nutty fontina cheese plus sweet Parmesan cream sauce. For garnishing, saute some sliced mushrooms in butter with a pinch of rosemary leaves and scatter over the top of the lasagna. Tempting!!!

Meat Fun!!!

Meat Fun!!!
Meat Fun!!!

Chicken Nuggets

Ready made chicken nuggets are available in the market, especially the one with heart shape. It’s a good idea to serve on auspicious occasion of Valentine’s day. Just deep fry them for real quick finger food and spend some quality time with your date.

Minced-Lamb Meatloaf

Lamb meat is very tender. Adding some mint and garlic, ginger flavor would enhance the taste. Minced meat loaf can be pre-prepared, we can bake the batches in advance. We just require warming them up during our date and spend maximum time with our soul-mate.

Pan-Fried Beef Steak

Cooking steak on the grill and pan frying it are similar. Both use dry heat technology, which creates a delicious brown crust on the surface of the meat, and intensifies its flavor through the process of evaporation. When you pan fry steak, there are three ways to season it. These are you can rub spices on it, marinate it in curd, or make a sauce, plum sauce or strawberry or any of your choice and add onto it.

Some Salad, Some Soup

Some Salad, Some Soup
Some Salad, Some Soup

Beeting Hearts Salad

Adorable and tasty heart shaped beet with goat cheese, chive mousse, greens will make a real hearty salad for your love and make your heartbeat ask for more of it. Hearty, healthy and definitely enticing…

Heart Beet Soup

With added creaminess and a lovely presentation, you can swirl this vibrantly colored beet soup with sour cream. Even without the additional decoration, the bright and vibrant color of this soup will make the candle light dinner, show-stopper.

Hearty Croutons Soup

This soup can be made in advance, then reheated and garnished. The rich, creamy broccoli soup can be served with heart shape croutons to keep up the flavor of the day.

So ready for the date??

Valentine’s Day Special – Chocolate Layer Cake

All you need is love but a little chocolate, now and then, does not hurt. A lovely quote for all those people in love!! Traditional layers of chocolate cake, sandwiched together with sweet chocolate icing, is designed to please any of the occasions or fests. Chocolate layer cake is not one of the best, but it is the best dessert that can be prepared on the auspicious occasion of Valentine’s day. The heart shape will make the feelings stronger still and we’ll ask for more and more. Since the cake is prepared in advance, you can spend some real quality time with your love. Dedicated to my love exclusively, here is the relishing Chocolate Layer Cake with the overdose of nutty chocolate.

Chocolate Layer Cake
Chocolate Layer Cake

 Ingredients:-

For the cake:-

220 grams all-purpose flour,

350 grams granulated sugar,

95 grams unsweetened cocoa powder,

1 teaspoon baking powder,

2 teaspoons baking soda,

1 teaspoon salt,

240 ml buttermilk,

120 ml vegetable oil,

2 large eggs,

1 teaspoon vanilla extract,

240 ml freshly brewed strong hot coffee

For Milk Chocolate Frosting :-

290 grams unsalted butter,

480 grams powdered sugar,

95 grams unsweetened cocoa powder,

5 tablespoons heavy cream,

1 teaspoon vanilla extract,

3/4 teaspoon salt,

15 oz chocolate chips

Preparation method:-

1. Preheat oven to 350 D. F degrees. Take two, 9 inch round cake pans, and apply nonstick spray.

2. For the cake, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl.

3. Set aside. Blend buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be very thin, which is fine.

4. Pour the batter into prepared baking pans and bake for 27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.

5. For the frosting, cream the butter with a hand mixer on medium speed for 4 minutes. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Mix on low.

6. Add 3 tablespoons of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add more cocoa powder if the frosting is not chocolatey enough.

7. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a plate. With a knife, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up. Add the third layer too. Spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

8. Decorate with chocolate chips or as desired. The heart shape cake will melt your love.

Enjoy with your Love!!!
Enjoy with your Love!!!

Enjoy the Valentine’s treat!!!

Valentine’s Day Dinner – Roasted Duck with Pomegranate Glaze

If your date loves roasted duck, this is one of the richest, most elegant of all the main courses you can serve at your Valentine’s day table. Slow roasted whole duck gives a flavorful, crispy meat and the spiced pomegranate complements it to the perfection. This is my idea of perfect dinner for my dream date. It’s easy to make, serve and tastes wonderfully exquisite. Feel free to griddle your yummy roasted duck with pomegranate glaze.

Roasted Duck with Pomegranate Glaze
Roasted Duck with Pomegranate Glaze

Ingredients:-

1 pound duck,

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt,

2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil,

1 small finely chopped shallot,

1 cup pomegranate juice,

1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth,

1 teaspoon cornstarch,

2 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat oven to 450 D. F. Sprinkle duck with salt. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Add the duck and cook until browned on both sides, 4 minutes per side. Transfer the duck to a small baking dish.

3. Roast at 150 D. F, for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the piece.

4. While the duck is roasting, return the pan to medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook till brown.

5. Add pomegranate juice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook until reduced by half, 2 minutes.

6. Stir broth and cornstarch in a small bowl until the cornstarch dissolves. Add to the pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

7. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour juice over duck to accumulate juices.

8. Serve topped with the pomegranate glaze. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine’s Day

Enjoy the dinner date with your Valentine!!

Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Romantic Cocktails for Valentine’s Day
Romantic Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Love is just love, it can’t be explained but can be certainly expressed. Any occasion is incomplete without drinks. We have lot to offer your love this Valentine’s day. Juz came up with the top enticing options with rich mixes of sparkling wine, golden Champagne and Vodka drive your love crazy..

 Pom-Berry Bellini

Invite your love for exotic dinner and start with Pom-Berry Bellini cocktail. Bellinis are incredibly popular, and this is one of the tastiest of all the bellinis. The elegant drink is a mixture of pomegranate juice, sparkling champagne and natural blueberry jam. Fresh blueberries can be used for garnishing to give the fresh feeling of love. The enticing color would compel her to ask for more and more and more..

Amour a Mosa

If your sweetie is fond of fruity drink, Amour a Mosa is the classic drink to offer as a token of love. Drown into the rich refreshing classic mimosa, orange-infused vodka and mango juice. Make your sweetie, sweeter still by the sweety sweety drink.

Rose and Mint Champagne

It is very well said, “A rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to heart“. Rose and Mint Champagne is the answer to your question. Honey, mint and dries rosebuds, can make the best drink when when mixed with dry champagne. So give your love the rosy feel.

Drink for my love
Drink for my love

White Sand cocktail

With the tangy lemon sorbet, depending on how slushy you desire, with heaven of Cahaca and Prosecco, give your love, ultimate bliss. The peaceful white color will add peace to your relationship. With mint leaves as garnish, offer your Valentine the White Sand cocktail. 

Romeo and Juliet

This fruitful cocktail is the perfect blend of love with tequila and raspberry liquor uniting two souls on the auspicious occasion of Valentine’s day. The blazing red color doubles the heat within the lovers. May your love story be successful as that of Romeo and Juliet.

Winter Sunset

Dreaming of a vacation in Mediterranean with your love. Feel the zest of love with tingling Winter Sunset drink. The coconut-flavored rum and white crème de cacao along with Tia Maria will definitely compel your date to ask for more. Warmed whipped cream shows the warmth of your love. Make your dream date fall for you with the rich Winter Sunset cocktail.

Refreshing Cocktails
Refreshing Cocktails

Un Dia en el Paraiso

Un Dia en el Paraiso means a day in Paradise. The reddish orangey drink will definitely wipe up your sorrows and fill your life with love. Shake and make the drink and wake up your love offering her the rich Un Dia en el Paraiso cocktail. Light-up your love ten times more than the color of drink.

Touch of Venus

Drown in the flavor of Italy, with Touch of Venus Cocktail, perfectly made for your mate. Limoncello will give you real tangy taste and fresh lemon juice is a fresh start to start with. Dry white wine with added lime calls for some quality time. Get romantic than ever before with the Touch of Venus Cocktail.

Berry Brazilian

The real sunny day in Brazil is well portrayed with the a Berry Brazilian Cocktail. With the Brazilian rum and red strawberries, enrich your love with yet rich strawberries agave nectar and cinnamon flavor. Rock and roll in love with large rocks glass of a very Berry Brazilian Cocktail.

Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine’s Day

So what are you offering your love???

Valentine’s Day Special Red Velvet Cookies

Wanna surprise your Valentine on this special day? Let’s prepare an easy recipe called soft-baked red velvet cookies. The mushy, creamy taste will drive your love crazy. Red color symbolizes love, so it is a perfect treat for Valentine’s day. These can be stored and consumed later. Each bite he takes, he’ll certainly remember his love. Chocolate chips can be used optionally to boost up the romantic mood. So here we have Valentine’s day special, red velvet cookies for our loved one’s.

Valentine's Sugar Crush
Valentine’s Sugar Crush

For Red Velvet Cookies:-

1 large egg,

1/2 teaspoon salt,

2/3 cup brown sugar,

1/3 cup white sugar,

1/2 cup unsalted butter,

3/4 cup sour cream,

2 cups all-purpose flour,

1/2 teaspoon baking soda,

1 tablespoon red food coloring,

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips,

1 ounce squares unsweetened baking chocolate

 For Cream Cheese Frosting:-

1/4 cup unsalted butter,

4 ounces cream cheese,

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract,

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat oven to 375 D F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

2. Break the chocolate squares into chunks, place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high until the chocolate melts, about 90 seconds.

3. Stir the chocolate until smooth and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy; pour in the egg and beat until smooth.

4. Mix in the red food coloring and chocolate, scraping the bowl down regularly, until evenly blended, about 30 seconds.

5. Add half of the sifted dry ingredients, stirring until well incorporated. Beat in the sour cream and mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of the dough 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.

6. Bake one sheet at a time in the preheated oven until they spring back when pressed, about 9 minutes. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

7. For the cream cheese frosting, whip 1/4 cup butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth. Blend in the powdered sugar in half cup portions until the frosting reaches the desired consistency.

8. Add into cookies and serve.

Valentine's Delight
Valentine’s Delight

Enjoy the sugar crush date!!!

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