Valentine, Hearts and Champagne
It was a little disappointing that Valentine's day fell on a Monday this year so I decided to cook a three course meal for Husband at home for the Saturday before Valentine's day.
I started by preparing my desserts on Friday evening. I opted for lemon cheesecake with ginger biscuit base and a topping of lemon syllabub. To fancy them up, I ladled the mixture into cocktail glasses and made a heart glass charm.
I mashed sweet potatoes and mixed with fresh chives, parsley, onions and spices to make curried potato bites for the starter. I served these with a garlic, chive and cheese dip plus a tomato salsa version (all home-made). I baked lightly seasoned bread twists as a side accompaniment.
At the end of preparing all that I was thoroughly baked-out and decided that for mains I would oven-bake a white wine and cheese risotto, I know it was lazy!
I cut hearts from glittery felt and card and tossed these onto the dining table runner as heart-confetti. I'd bought scented candles for an Austrian "Adventskranz", I decorated it with sweet-smelling pot pourri, hearts and beads. My husband and I were gifted the Adventskranz at Christmas by Husband's daughter and I thought it so lovely that I have decided to use it all year round.
To finish the Valentine meal off, I made Vodka chocolate cups, some infused with mint but all filled with a generous measure of the alcohol!
|The bread twists and dips.|
|A card I made for Husband.|
|Heart decorated Adventskranz.|
|Our Valentine table.|
|Our Swarovski Champagne flutes, which were a gift to me on my wedding day|
from my husband. I love the crystals in the stems.
|Valentine carnations, not roses as I love carnations!|
|The mascarpone cheesecake desserts.|