January is racing by and Febuary will soon be upon us. Febuary brings with it two special occasions in our home, Hana’s birthday and Valentines day. Both very special days which deserve some really special home cooked food
This year with Valentines Day falling on a Tuesday we, like many people will be having a mid-week Valentine’s day meal at home. I think that cooking for each other at home can be just as Romantic, if not more than going out. At home you can have the pleasure of cooking a wonderful meal together which means some nice quality time with the one you love. I am really looking forward to me and Hana making our dinner together.
With this in mind I have been preparing for the Romantic feasts by trying out some special new recopies to find one for that special date night at home.
My first thought was to begin with the starter. And though it’s a popular choice I went straight for Oysters. Last year we went out for Valentine’s day to the Whitstable seaside and had dinner in Wheelers Oyster bar and restaurant. As seafood can be very romantic I wanted to capture some if this magic at home. This was my first time preparing Oysters and shucking them was tricky but I got there in the end.
So here is my Valentine’s Starter
Ingredients for 2
2 slices of Brown Bread
4tsp Parmesan cheesel
1/2tsp Chilli Powder
A handful of Parsley
Start by pre heating your grill to a high heat. Blitz the bread in a food processer to make Breadcrumbs. Grate the Parmesan and mix this with the Paprika, Chilli Powder and Breadcrumbs to make the filling. Finely chop the parsley.
Preparing the Oysters. Tap the shell of any open Oysters and discard any which don’t snap shut as the Oyster inside is dead also discard any which are cracked or damaged. Scrub the live Oyster shells under cold water.
Next comes the hard bit, shucking the Oyster. Really I would recommend asking a fish monger to do this. Hold the Oyster in a hand which is wrapped thickly in a tea towl. Using a shucking knife or other sharp knife wedge it in the hinge and twist back and forth till it breaks. Run the knife along the upper shell to free the oyster. Discard the upper shells and drain out the liquid inside.
Divide the filling between the four Osyters and sprinkle a little of the Parsley on each.
Grill under a high heat for 3 minutes till the top is just golden. Serve with a small Lemon wedge and sprinkle a little more of the Parsley for decorration.
Coming Soon, Clams in a white wine and cream sauce!
- St. Valentine’s Day (agemofablog.wordpress.com)