Some Romantic Evening ๐Ÿ˜ Romantic Meal for errrm – 3 ๐Ÿ˜‚

I spent many years on my own, as a single parent, I used to pop a chocolate heart into the kids lunch boxes with a handwritten note telling each of them how much I loved them – as they got older I put the Chocolate heart under their pillows so they didn’t get the mick taken out of them at school – it’s a day to say I love you to someone whether that’s your significant other, your kids, your parents, your mates or yourself ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ’‹โ€๐Ÿ‘จ

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Hubby’s favourite meal is steak, so what else would I cook on Valentine’s Day ๐Ÿ˜, as the title suggests, our ‘romantic meal’ will be for 3 ย ๐Ÿ™„ as youngest his home and his girlfriend is working tonight. Our daughter and her boyfriend are due back from Amsterdam this evening after a weekend break, just hope they are not expecting a meal too ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I forgot to ask…..

The menu is griddled steak, Dauphinois Potato’s and griddle Asparagus with Chocolate Fondants and clotted cream for pud – steak and chocolate what’s not to like ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I start with the Dauphinois Potato – I grate 3 fat cloves of garlic into a large pan, a sprinkle of thyme (optional) and add 150g double cream and the same of whole milk and stir together.

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Peel and very finely slice 2/3 medium potatoes and add these to the cream mix – gently heat the mix and simmer for a couple of minutes.

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Butter an oven proof dish and carefully spoon in the Potato and cream mix – I like to make the top layer pretty, and scatter some grated Parmesan over the top.

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Place this into a preheated oven (180) for 20 minutes till golden and tender.

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Put the griddle on low to heat up and oil and season your steaks.

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I trim the Asparagus by taking the stalks and bending them, they will naturally snap where the tender part starts (keep the stalks for Risotto) – I add the Asparagus to a glug of olive oil, salt, pepper and the juice of half a lemon – these stems can be griddles too, they will take about half the time of the steaks.

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Sear your steaks on each side to your own taste- we like them rare ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Serve up and enjoy – love on a plate for my ‘boys’ ๐Ÿ’‹

 

Meanwhile, butter and shake your fondant tins with cocoa powder and put onto a baking sheet awaiting the batter.

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I use thisย Recipeย for the Chocolate Fondants and (fingers crossed) haven’t had a fail yet.

Melt 100g of dark chocolate with 100g unsalted butter- stir together till blended

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In the Thermomix bowl add 50g of sugar and blitz for a second or 2, scrape down the bowl and add 2 whole medium eggs and 2 egg yolks, with the whisk attachment, whisk for 3 minutes, heat 37 at speed 4.

Reduce to speed 2, add the melted Chocolate mixture till blended, and add 75g plain flour and blend for a couple of seconds till just blended.

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Scrape the bowl down, use a silicon spatula and mix any remaining flour in. Pour the mix into the lined fondant pots, try not to drip up the sides – pop the Fondants into a preheated oven (180) for 8-10 minutes – no longer or you will won’t have the squidgy runny bit in the middle.

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Leave for a minute before turning out, and add a large spoon of thick clotted cream – serve immediately – I would have added a few raspberries if I had them, so offset the richness ๐Ÿ˜‹

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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