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Love Me Do

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love any excuse to show a little love and romance. But, I do find Valentines Day a little gimmicky and annoying. So in that vein,  although this post is Valentines Day themed, I am going on the premise that you don’t need a day like Valentines Day to go all out – you can have random displays of love any day of  the year!

Key to a long and happy marriage: "Keep the stomach full and the scrotum empty"

I love my food and so does Jeremy. We were blessed enough to be given inside wisdom to a happy marriage from my father in his speech at our wedding – “Keep the stomach full and the scrotum empty.” Thanks for that Dad.

Because of our combined love of food, I’ve decided to collate a wee menu with the sorts of dishes I would make for my man, perhaps on V Day or for an anniversary, or perhaps just for the hell of it – just to say I love you.

By the way, I am dying to photograph and get some of my own meals I’ve cooked up on this blog. But…the only camera I have at the moment is on my phone, and there is no way I’m putting badly lit, unappetizing looking food photos up here! So if any of you have some recommendations for a good middle of the range SLR camera, I would love to hear them! Until then, here are someone else’s beautiful food photos!

To Start – Fresh Prawn Crostini and Basil Jalapeño Margaritas

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Photos courtesy of What Katie Ate

Entree – Baked Oysters with Pancetta, Artichoke and Horseradish

This entree choice has nothing to do with the fact that oysters are a known aphrodisiac, nothing at all…

Photo courtesy of What Katie Ate

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The Main Event – Beef and Shiraz Tortellini with Roasted Tomato Sauce

For this recipe, fresh homemade pasta is a must! I know Donna Hay often cheats and uses wonton wrappers for this purpose, so if you are pressed for time, I guess you could do the same. But NOTHING beats homemade pasta!

Photo courtesy of What Katie Ate

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Dessert – Roasted Fig Tart with Orange Blossom, Cinnamon and Mint Cream Filling

For a romantic meal, I might be tempted to split this recipe into little individual tart tins.

Photo courtesy of What Katie Ate

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Ok so you may have noticed that I’ve gone all out with using all What Katie Ate recipes! To be honest, I spent hours trawling through the many food blogs that I follow, trying to find the perfect recipes with the perfect photographs to match. In every case, What Katie Ate was definitely the first choice! If you are on the lookout for a new cookbook, hers is definitely one I would recommend.

I hope I have inspired you to start thinking about how to keep your significant other’s stomach full, and I won’t ask about the rest. Hopefully this menu will keep you full enough to have enough energy to sustain the rest of the evenings shenanigans, but not too full that you feel completely bloated and totally unsexy…

Hope you all have a lovely Valentines Day!


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Bread spoons by Niels Datema

I came across these beautiful bread measuring spoons a while ago, and have been dreaming about owning them ever since. I even emailed Niels Datema to see if I could order a set, but alas, they are not available for purchase quite yet! He assures me that soon they will be. I am hanging out for the day!

Each spoon is perfectly proportioned for the five ingredients needed to make a loaf of bread.

The handles of each spoon are labelled with the corresponding ingredients – water, flour, oil, sugar and yeast – so all you need to do is scoop, mix, and knead.

Aren’t they divine? When (not if) I own these, they will definitely be out on display – not hiding away in a drawer!

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Roasted Strawberry and Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake

The weather is slowly showing signs of summers impending arrival. Strawberries are once again available in the supermarkets (at $8 a punnet, might I add!), and with daylight savings now in motion, the sun is lazily spreading its rays into the evening hours.

I must admit, cheesecakes are not my favourite dessert – even with my notorious sweet tooth, I often find them a little rich for my taste buds! But, when any dish has the word ricotta in it, I am in LOVE. Oh, and ginger’s pretty tempting too. Not to mention the strawberries! They are roasted with brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, to really intensify the flavour and combine them with a thick, sticky, just-sweet-enough syrup. YUMMY!

Just look at that beautiful syrup oozing through the cheesecake. **droool**  Christmas Day dessert perhaps?

This delectable looking cheesecake comes from the Sydney based baking blog Rasberri Cupcakes. Click the link for the recipe

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Coconut Cloud Cake

Oh Martha, you’ve done it again. This cake, with lashings of light frosting and freshly shaven coconut, is to die for. And it’s white. I’ve never attempted making an angel food cake before, but this is definitely the one to do it with! Martha’s done a fab little video that’s linked on her website (click on the photo to take yourself there), that is full of little hints and tricks I never knew about! Although…I may not bother sifting everything 7 times…seriously? Is that really necessary?