What is it going to be this year: Red…or Blue Valentine?

The above title should be read with Gossip Girl’s voice, otherwise it will not sound right.

It is time to share with you my take on Valentine’s Day Brunch last year (when I had someone to share it with. ahahaha!). As breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, a Valentine’s Brunch seemed perfect. Plus you get more time for… fun  afterwards, ya kno wha I mean (Scottish accent)

Notice that this menu is very simplistic and unsophisticated but give it a go anyway, whether it is Valentines or any other day.

Menu

Appetizer: Salmon Entrées

Main Course: Fondue du Fromage served with a crudité platter

Dessert: Chocolate Lava Cake with Berries

Recipes

Salmon Entrées

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Bread

Cucamber

Radishes

Smoked/Marinated Salmon

Carrots

Parsley

Method:

I did not list any quantities as this a simple recipe and you can be very inventive and make as many appetizers as you like. Also you can use crackers or oatcakes (as long as they are healthy) instead of bread, and your choice of vegetables and spices.

Fondue du Fromage (Recipe from epicurious.com)

2 cups grated Emmental cheese

2 cups grated Gruyere cheese

1 garlic clove

1+1/2 cups dry/semi-dry white wine

Method:

If you do not have a fondue pot set, just use a thick bottomed pot. Rub the garlic clove.around the sides of the pot, pour the wine and simmer over moderate heat.

Next, add the cheese gradually, while stirring in a zig zag pattern to prevent cheese from balling up. Do not let boil. Simmer for 5 to 8 minutes until melted and creamy and amazing.

Set fondue pot over flame, or if you don’t have a fondue set just use your imagination to come up with a similar pot-flame system.

Serve with whole wheat breads like focaccia or baguette, cut into cubes and vegetables like carrots, cucambers, radishes etc.

Enjoy with a French-like appetite!

And now to the interesting part: Chocolate Lava Cakes with berries

(you will need oven safe ramekins, 4 large ones or 6 smaller ones)

Ingredients:

olive oil, to coat the ramekins

cocoa powder, to dust the ramekins

100g really dark chocolate (85%), chopped

2 eggs

5 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons butter at room temperature

2+3/4 tablespoons whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon creme fraiche

Method:

First, prepare the ramekins by coating them with olive oil (use a tissue soaked in a bit of oil) and dusting them with cocoa powder.

The next step is to melt the chocolate. Always do this over bain marie (not in the microwave), as this method protects the beautiful qualities of chocolate.

While the chocolate is melting of desire to be transformed into lava cakes, whisk the eggs with the sugar, until pale yellow and smooth.

When the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and mix in the butter. Chocolate and eggs are always a winning mixture when baking, so next add the whisked eggs to the chocolate mixture. Enrich this by adding the flour and the creme fraiche. Now the batter is done, so pour it into the remekins and place in the freezer overnight.

As these cakes  should be molted in the middle it helps if they are cooler when you put them in the oven.

To bake, preheat oven to 350 F, place ramekins on a baking tray and bake for 13 min. The cakes should be baked on the margines but moist in the middle. Remove from the oven and let cool for 2 min. To take the cakes out of the ramekins, use a sharp knife to scrape the cake from the sides of the ramekins. Place the cake on a serving plate and top with berries or fruit of your choice.

Be nice to your Valentine throughout your relationship, not just on Valentine’s Day! Although this menu is very simple and basic it gives you a base on which you can improve and expand.

Have fun!

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