Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Day Dinner & More

"Love is where the yummility is"
....or whatever.
Could it be the air of festivity? the romantic atmosphere? There must be something that makes me so philosophical (again?)...mumbling phrases of (seriously twisted) love, while tip toeing around the kitchen preparing dinner.

So, what sort of food I find suitable for a night of (cheesy and corny) romance?
Something that screams decadent, succulent and scrumptious.

Salad with Duck Liver Mousse or Brie on Pumpernickle Toast
- Pumpernickle bread
- Duck liver mousse
- Brie
- Bean sprouts
- Olive oil, salt, black pepper, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest
Place sprouts in a bowl, drizzle olive oil, balsamic vinegar, grate a bit of lemon zest, season with salt and pepper, squeeze some lemon juice, mix well. Drizzle bread with olive oil and toast. Spread duck liver mousse or brie on top, add some sprouts, drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar....and bite.

What to do with such succulence?

They were marinated in lemon juice, lemon zest, black pepper, salt and sugar, and sauteed until just pink, then set rejoin others to complete the pasta dish...

Shrimps and Bacon Squid Ink Tagliatelle in Creamy Sauce

- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- cream
- squid ink tagliatelle (or replace with any pasta)
- bacon
- shrimps (deshelled, deveined, marinated, sauteed)
- olive oil, butter, salt, pepper, sugar, lemon juice
Cook pasta as directed in the packet. Saute garlic with olive oil and butter, add cream, season. Once pasta is almost done, drain, quickly toss into the pan with creamy sauce, add shrimps, cook until the shrimps are just done, transfer to plate, add crispy bacon, squeeze some lemon juice...

...for maximum cheesiness, serve pasta in just one plate, provide two forks, feed each other, sip something sparkly in a pretty color, and lick....the plate clean.

The Most Perfect Steak I've Ever Done

Heyyy, good loookin'! Come to papa...
- 2 pieces of rib eye steak with nice marbling
- Olive oil, butter, dry herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage), salt, black pepper
- bean sprouts
- red wine, steak sauce (it comes with the beef, but you can choose to make your own sauce)

Preheat oven to 180C (350F), and on a stove top, heat a frying pan until really really really hot (I saw smoke!) without oil. Drizzle steak with olive oil, season with salt, pepper and dried herbs. Place steaks on the very very hot pan, try not to flip/move it around, let them sear until nicely charred (it was about 1.5 minutes per side, also depends on how thick your steak is and how done you want it to be, I love mine medium to medium well), transfer to oven and let them cook for 5 more minutes, remove from oven and let it rest for 5 minutes.

On the pan where you sear the steak, pour steak sauce (optional), add red wine and bring to boil.

Serve steak on top of a bed of salad, drizzle with sauce. Oh, and a nice glass of nice red wine won't hurt ;)

The steak should be nicely seared on the outside, perfectly blushing inside, juice, tender and luscious, with rich and smokey marmaladey sauce. Mmm...mmm...Mmmm!!!

...and when you thought you could not take any more decadence....
Choco Hoto Pots

(adapted from Nigella Lawson's recipe)
(serves 4)
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup caster sugar (originally 3/4 cup, which I found too sweet)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Butter four 2/3-cup ramekins and set aside.Using a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate chunks and butter. Set aside to cool. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sugar and flour. Add cooled chocolate mixture, and mix until blended. Fold in dark chocolate chunks. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins and place on baking sheet. Bake until tops are shiny and cracked and chocolate beneath is hot and gooey, about 15 minutes. Place each ramekin on a small plate with a teaspoon and serve.

Again, the dessert was served with something sweet, sparkly and pretty...

...blushing pink sparkling sake.

Oh what a wonderful night...everything looked beautiful...*hiccup* or maybe it was just the sake?

What did I wear? What did I get? What did I do? What did other Hong Kongers do? Check 'em out at Living La Vida Rita.


EatTravelEat said...

This looks SO delicious! So fancy looking too; it seems like you were at a very high end restaurant :). Everything looks so good! The steak looks so juicy, and the shrimp looks fantastic.

Dwiana P said...

Iler gw dah tumpahan nih Rit, gilingan itu menu apa menu. yaww gw kok gk di invite seh.

Happy belated valentine anyway:)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wow, everything looks good, down to the dessert and pink sake.

Holly said...

It looked great, I loved how you set your table. It seems like a lot of people ate in this Valentines.

daphne said...

hehe. Looks like a very delicious V-day indeed!! and jacob's creek sparking huh? nice one!

Pam said...

That does look like the perfect dinner! I'm going to try your steak technique.

deeTha said...

gleg... pasta tinta cumi....
aku gelem......

Jescel said...

wow!!! you must've had a real good and delish V-day. that steak was awesome, and that dessert.. yum!

Jin Hooi said...

wow.. looks like u had a geat valentines day dinner !!yummy !!

Rurie said...

Kabeh gawe linkwithin hore...halah..
Rit ki kabeh masak dewe ta?? Aku ga masak malah :s potomu ki tambah ayu Rit...lampune ki ra kuneng kok...

A.G said...

weleh dinner rame... perfect dinner for valentine... aku malah masak gulai rebung pas valentinena.. kepedesen wkwkwkwk

Towser said...

Hey thanks for visiting! Looks like you went all out for your V-day feast, impressive. And your squid ink pasta dish was exactly what I wished I'd been served instead of a crappy dish of regular pasta just mixed with loads of squid innards, yeech! And at a restaurant no less. Been visiting Jakarta loads for work of late, you may have noticed my padang food banner, will troll through your blog for recommendations for my next trip! Oh and I trust no black poo...hehe.

FFichiban said...

Oh woooww! When I saw the first photo I thought you guys went to a fancy restaurant!! But wooooww!

All of the dishes look fantastic and that steak looks so gorgeous I am actually drooling here... and the chocolate hoto pot mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Lidia Sianturi said...

wow lengkap bgt Rit? ga salah nih...
bener2 memanjakan lidah nek kayak gini...lucky sc!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Oh, everything's so pretty! All your shopped-for must-have items for food blog props are so nice!

Verhext said...

PINK SPARKLING SAKE? this is a real thing? i must find it, immediately.

w-o-a-nn-a said...

hey there, how many grams does 3/4cups dark choc chunks refer to? ;)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

@woanna, you can use this converter:

rokh said...

your feast beats any of the fine dining out there! well done :)