Happy Valentine’s Day! I decided to come up with this 3-course V-day friendly dinner just to give people some ideas if they want to prepare a romantic and impressive dinner for loved ones. All three dishes I chose are simple yet delicious. And they look so beautiful that people may actually believe that they’re from restaurants.
To be honest, for me, V-day is just a random Tuesday. So if you don’t have a lover, just treat yourself. Being single does not make the food less enjoyable.
I designed and drew the menu myself. I think hand drawn menu will make the dinner even more romantic and memorable.
Starter: healthy version creamy mushroom soup served with garlic bread
I think soup and crispy garlic bread match perfectly. The moment when you dip the garlic bread into the warm creamy soup… Needless to say how delicious it would be. The food will speak for itself.
To make crispy garlic bread, simply combine appropriate amount of melted(or soft) butter, parley, minced garlic and salt, depending on how much bread you wish to prepare. Spread the butter mixture on any bread you prefer (sliced baguette, ciabatta etc.). Bake at 350 ºF until golden (usually less than 10 min).
Creamy mushroom soup (light version) for one:
- 150g mushrooms
- 50g chopped onions
- 150ml broth of your choice (I used chicken broth)
- 125ml milk (you can replace 50ml milk with cream)
- 1tbs flour
- 8-10g butter
- minced garlic, parsley, salt, pepper
- melt the butter, add chopped onions, minced garlic, parsley, saute.
- when onion turns translucent, add sliced/chopped mushrooms and saute over medium heat.
- when mushrooms shrink, add flour
- quickly mix the flour with the other ingredients
- pour in broth and milk/milk+cream
- keep boiling until the soup becomes creamy, add salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with chopped chives/ parsley if desire. You can also drizzle olive oil or cream to make it look better.
Warm, creamy and filling soup, golden crispy garlic bread. Love myself so much 🙂
Main: Sea scallops with asparagus and miso paste
So easy, looks very classy though.
- fresh sea scallops
- minced garlic
- lemon juice
- white wine
- salt, pepper
- white miso paste
- melt butter in a small pan, add minced garlic
- add sea scallops and asparagus, switch to medium heat. Add about 1/2 tbs white wine and lemon juice on the scallops (to get rid of the fishy taste).
- Turn the scallops over once they become golden on one side. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove the asparagus once they’re cooked (large scallops may take longer to cook). Do not overcook the scallops, remove them from heat once both sides are golden.
- The miso paste is mainly for the purposes of garnish. Simply combine white miso paste with water and mix well.
Dessert: deconstructed cheesecake with crumble and berries
I think “deconstructed” desserts are becoming really popular. They do indeed look a bit fancier. I used crumble to replace traditional graham cracker crust in cheesecakes because I quite like the almond scent it contains.
For the crumble (serves 1):
- 10g butter
- 10g sugar
- 10g ground almond
- 10g all purpose flour
(1:1:1:1 everything basically)
- combine dry ingredients, mix well
- melt butter, add mixed dry ingredients
- keep stirring using a heat-resistent spatula over medium-low heat
- cook until the crumble turns golden and crispy. let cool
For the cheesecake:
- 40g cream cheese (I used light)
- 12g sugar
- drops of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2-1 tbs lemon juice
- combine everything
- mix well and put into fridge for at least 30 min.
- shape the cheesecake with spoons and use your creativity for plating…
Anyways, enjoy the food. No lover, no problem.