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 👨❤️💋👨
Hubby’s favourite meal is steak, so what else would I cook on Valentine’s Day 😍, as the title suggests, our ‘romantic meal’ will be for 3 🙄 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 😮 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 😊
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.
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.
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.
Place this into a preheated oven (180) for 20 minutes till golden and tender.
Put the griddle on low to heat up and oil and season your steaks.
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.
Sear your steaks on each side to your own taste- we like them rare 😋
Serve up and enjoy – love on a plate for my ‘boys’ 💋
Meanwhile, butter and shake your fondant tins with cocoa powder and put onto a baking sheet awaiting the batter.
I use this Recipe 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
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.
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.
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 😋