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How can I best say “I love you”??

Well in my husbands case, It works very well with just giving him his favorite food.

He is such an easy guy to please. Everybody who knows him knows that lobster does it all the time. But if I want to “umph it up” just a little bit more, I just add some more shellfish or seafood.

And in true style, I made a large (…or rather grand) seafood platter for two.

One doesn’t always have to cook. “Gathering” works just as well. It is just a matter of presentation. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just decorate it a little more than usual. After all, it is all about the thought.

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To make the purple sweet-potato hearts, I used a cookie cutter. I steamed them lightly.

 

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For breakfast we had “the same old same old”. Sandwiches, fresh blueberries and some tea.

I just added some rose-petal hearts and a truffle (raspberry chocolate truffle) to make it a little bit more “festive”.

 

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For the first day of our 2-day celebration, I served little “roses” made of smoked salmon topped with salmon roe (caviar) & potato stacks.

The potato stacks are super easy to make.

Just finely slice some potatoes (I love Idaho). Put them in a bowl. Melt some butter and pour over. Add salt, pepper (or any other spice you like) to taste. Stack them into the “holes” of a muffin pan. Bake in the oven until they are tender (use a toothpick to make sure they are cooked all the way through).

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I hope you are having a very nice Valentines day, and for my dear husband,

Happy Valentines & Happy Wedding anniversary!

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Happy Valentines day!!!

 

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The first day of the new year always makes you want to do good and eat well (as in healthy). I can only guess how many new years resolutions has been set with a healthy living and eating in mind.

We tried to start it somewhat good already on new years eve. We had planned on doing a traditional seafood fondue but we changed our minds at the very last minute. The food itself was the same, it was just the preparation that was altered. We decided to do a BBQ!

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It is freezing cold in New York right now. We are breaking temperature records. It has not been this cold in over 100 years. We are down to -12-13C/8F. A perfect weather for a BBQ!

 

Our new years meal always consists of some kind of shellfish. Most likely lobster. After all, I am married to a man who has black belt in eating lobsters. I didn’t feel like messing down the kitchen too much with steaming lobsters and cooking shrimp, so we took the somewhat radical decision to face the cold and throw the food on the BBQ instead. After being equipped with a flashlight, BBQ tools and the food, we headed out. It took a while to even get the grill started. It was almost calling out to us saying “I am hibernating, stop bothering me!”  But after being a little persistent, we got the whole thing going. Fantastic! I can say with a 100% certainty that we were the only ones BBQ’ing this new years eve.

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Our dessert  was a simple mixture of a Swiss Meringue and a Banana Split. The year is after all meant to go out with a bang!

To make it extra delicious I baked some brownies and topped them with walnuts.

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Swiss Meringue / Banana Split bowl.

Please note that you just need a few or a handful of each ingredient per person. After all, it is supposed to fit in the glass or bowl you choose.

Small meringues

Your favorite ice cream

Whipped heavy cream

Berries

Chocolate/Fudge sauce

I also used brownie bits

A few mint leaves.

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Just layer it all in a wide glass or bowl. Top with the chocolate/fudge sauce. Final touch is a little bit of fresh mint leaves.

Enjoy!

 

Happy New Year!!!!

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Wouldn’t it be nice if Valentine’s day would be an official holiday without work?

I personally would love for it to be a day off with nothing else to do, than to hang out with my husband.

I don’t need any grand celebrations. Simple is fine. I know I go a little crazy with a love theme every Valentines, but that is just how I am. I can’t help it. I love to prepare a great experience for others. I guess it comes from doing all that party planning through the years… But I must say that my other half is getting really good at it himself. The flowers he always gives me has gone from a pre-packed bunch from the grocery store to now being fancy coordinated bouquets with saran wrap and glitter . He is great. I am so lucky.

It is nice to have a day that means the same all over the world.

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. Love is love…

My definition of love is “how someone makes you feel”, so as long as one feels loved, all bells and whistles are not needed.

But after all that said, some good food never hurts.

For me, seafood speaks of love. It is light and delicious. It is a classic choice. But so are chocolates, a little bubbly, pinks, reds… chocolate covered strawberries……you know what I mean. The typical things we buy, eat and do for this day. I just try to do at least one new thing every year. Just to change it up a little.

So, for this Valentine’s day, I have made the ultimate decadent seafood pasta in white chocolate sauce. Could it get any better than that??

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Seafood ravioli with white chocolate cream sauce.

Wonton skins/wraps or pasta sheets (to “make” your own pasta. You can usually find the pasta sheets in the freezer section in the grocery store).

1 c. Raw shrimp Any size. Peeled. You could also use any other seafood such as scallops, lobster, salmon or any other kind of fish.

You can skip these steps and just use a store-bought lobster ravioli if you want to. It saves time.

1-2 scallions or shallots. Finely diced.

1 tbsp. unsalted butter.

1/2 c. heavy cream.

1/4 c. Good tasting (something you would love to drink) white wine.

1/4 c. fish stock/broth. You could also use a chicken or vegetable stock.

Splash of hot sauce (optional).

Salt & pepper to taste.

1 egg for an egg wash.

Directions;

If you are making the ravioli, take the peeled shrimp and run them in a food processor with a splash of heavy cream and hot sauce, salt and pepper. It should become a smooth paste.

Take the pasta or wonton wrappers. Put less than a tbsp. of the filling on each piece of pasta. Brush a little egg wash around the filling. Add another pice of the pasta and put on top of the filling. By starting in the middle, try to “squeeze” out the air around the filling. Press lightly around the edges. Cut out the ravioli with either a ravioli cutter or a cookie cutter. Make sure it is well sealed all around. Put the ravioli on a plate (don’t stack them on top of each other since they will stick together).

Fill a pan with water and let come to a boil (I like to boil all pastas and rice with a stock cube).

Put all the pasta into the water and boil on a medium heat for about 6 minutes. Taste the ravioli so that you are sure the filling is cooked all the way through. Drain the pasta when done.

In the same pan, add the butter and scallions and fry them for a few minutes. Let them just get a little translucent (they shouldn’t brown). Add the wine, heavy cream and broth/stock. Let simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Make sure the tastes are balanced. If you would like a little bit more of any of the liquids, add it to the pot. Pour in the chopped white chocolate. Make sure it melts well it shouldn’t boil at this point. Stir well.

Plate the pasta and pour over the white chocolate sauce. Decorate with some greens ( I used some cilantro sprigs) and something colorful on top since it is so white and you need that color splash. I used a strawberry that I cut in half and shaped on top to look like a heart.

Serve some of the nice white wine that you just cooked with. A light salad would be nice to serve to this.

Enjoy!!!

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I used a heart shaped ravioli cutter to make my shrimp ravioli.

I used a heart shaped ravioli cutter to make my shrimp ravioli.

Swedish people eat a lot of "små godis" (Candy bought by weight). For Valentine's the different heart shaped candies are the most popularValentine's Day

Swedish people eat a lot of “små godis” (Candy bought by weight). These are some of the most popular ones for Valentine’s day.

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Happy Valentine’s day!!

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