Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Dinner

OK - So busy getting dinner together, for an impatient husband and child I had no time to take any pictures, but here is the menu I made:

Valentines Day Dinner
February 14th, 2011

Starter: Veggies (cut up in heart shapes where possible, including red pepper, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, celery) with roasted red pepper dip

First Course: Oyster Pan Roast
(fabulously decadent dish - easy too, but you really should shuck the oysters yourself)

Main and Sides:

Grilled Filet Mignon with green peppercorn sauce

Steamed Asparagus

Heart Shaped mashed potatoes


Red Jello Hearts with whipped cream

Fun, and not that hard at all...
I printed out the menu on some fancy template you can download for free if you use word, and my daughter really liked that

I really would like to post each night (with pictures if possible) what I make for dinner, because other than the very rare occasion where I go out I pretty much cook a full dinner every night - I resolve to try and actually post each night

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pasta and Meat Sauce

Last night I made a quick meat sauce and some bow-tie pasta. Side dishes included brocolli and
leeks. I really liked the leeks, sauted in a a little butter and olive oil with some fresh parm on top.

Leeks with Parmesan Cheese

  • 3 leeks, cut in half lengthwise and cleaned then cut into half moons (white and pale green parts only)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan

Heat oil and butter in a cast iron skillet, add leeks and stir fry to cook for about 2 mins, add broth and cover - cook for 2 mins, uncover and cook until liquid is evaporated. Sprinkle with parmesan and broil briefly to brown cheese