Facebook Relationship Status Recipes for Valentine's Day
8 Feb 2013 | Paul Wells
14th February, although associated with romance and love, is a date dreaded by many. Not everyone’s Valentine is all about marriage proposals, pink cards and red roses. We ditched the traditional, over romanticised imagery and came up with three recipes to suit three different Facebook relationship statuses for this Valentine’s Day.
Relationship Status: Single
A single girl’s or boy’s Valentine’s is far from all the rosy pink stuff, and we find the best way for singles to spend the day is to get together with your best single friends, sip cocktails or crack open a bottle of wine, laugh a lot and cook food to be shared. Create plenty of dishes by cooking together or inviting everyone to bring a tapas-style dish. An idea to kick-start the planning:
Thai Fishcakes with Coconut Relish
450g white fish | 1 red onion, roughly chopped | 2 lime leaves | 1 lemongrass stalk, chopped | 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped | 1 small bunch coriander | 1 tbsp thai fish sauce | 1 tbsp light soy sauce | salt | 125g French beans | 50g sesame seeds
Put the fish, onion, lime leaves, lemongrass, chilli, coriander, fish sauce and soy sauce into a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Blanch the French beans in boiling water, slice into tiny rounds and add to the mixture. Divide the mixture into 18 balls and then flatten into 6cm discs. Coat the cakes in sesame seeds.
Coconut Relish: Blend 1 egg and 45g sugar in a mixing bowl. Heat 3tbsp rice wine vinegar and stir into the egg mix. Set the bowl above a pan of boiling water and cook for approximately 5 minutes, frequently stirring until very thick. Allow to cool completely. Stir in 125ml coconut milk, 30g desiccated coconut, 1tbsp light soy sauce and 125ml double cream.
Relationship Status: It’s complicated
For couples in a complicated relationship, for one reason or another, Valentine’s can be quite a daunting day, or you might be left feeling slightly sickly seeing another red rose and a cuddly toy holding a love heart. To sparkle up a lost romance, we have come up with a recipe that is guaranteed to re-heat even the most complicated relationship.
Chilli Chocolate Fondue
150ml double cream | 225g dark chocolate, roughly chopped | 1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped | ½ tsp chilli powder | 2 tbsp dark rum
Bring cream to simmering point in a saucepan. Add chocolate, fresh chilli and chilli powder and stir until melted. Add the dark rum and remove saucepan from the heat. Pour into a serving dish or fondue dish. To eat, place marshmallows, lychees, pineapple chunks, or anything you fancy onto cocktail sticks, dip and enjoy.
Relationship Status: In a relationship
Finally, for those who are happily in a relationship, Valentine’s should be about spending time with each other, with a little indulgence, a bit of slow food and lots of luxury. We suggest lobster – and we happen to know the recipe for the lobster dish that was being served at The Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday bash at Guildhall in June 2000. If it’s good enough for the Queen...
750g-1kg lobster, cooked | ½ tbsp lemon vinegar | salt, pepper, Tabasco | 10g grated parmesan | 15g butter | ½ shallot, finely chopped | 15g flour | 100ml fresh fish stock | 20ml white wine | 30ml double cream | ½ tsp English mustard | 1 tbsp parsley, chopped | ½ lemon, juice only
Cut the lobsters in half by cutting down between the eyes all the way through and then turning around and cutting down along the tail. Remove the meat from the tail and head, set aside. Crack the claws and extract the meat. Wash the shells and leave to drain. Roughly chop all the lobster meat – season with salt, pepper, lemon vinegar and Tabasco, then put the meat back in the shells. For the sauce, melt the butter in a pan and cook the shallot until it has softened. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the stock, wine and double cream and bring to the boil. Add mustard, herbs, lemon juice and seasoning. Carefully spoon the sauce over the half lobster, sprinkle with parmesan and cook under a preheated grill for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.