Celebrate your Amor, cooking together this Valentine’s Day. Avoid the over-priced dinners and cozy up with a Romantic Night- In. So light up your candles and enjoy each other while you cook this easy no-fuss delicious menu.
Romantic Night-In Menu
1/2 lb of Mussels
1/2 lb of Shrimp
1 bottle of Clam Juice 8 oz
1 grated Tomato (box grater)
1 chopped Celery small diced
1 carrot chopped small diced
1/2 jar of White Mojo
1/2 cup of Champagne or Cava
7 threads of Saffron
Basil or Parsley for Garnish
In a soup pot add 1 tablespoon of butter and add the celery, carrots and cook for about 4 min, add the White Mojo and 1/4 cup of Champagne and cook for 10 min, add a pinch of salt.
Add the grated tomato, bottle of clam Juice, saffron and Shrimp cook for 5 min
Add the mussels, and cook until they open. Add some Chopped Parsley or Basil Enjoy! This will pair great with the rest of the champagne
Pan-Seared Scallops with Polenta and Mushroom Sauce
1 lb of Scallops
1 fresh sprig of thyme
2 garlic cloves with peel
3 tablespoons of butter and 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of Marsala Wine
4 tablespoons of Black Mojo (Mushroom Paste)
Preheat a skillet for 5 min add butter and Olive Oil and garlic cloves
Dry pat scallops and season with salt and pepper
Add scallops to the pan and pan sear for about 3 min per side, be careful not to overcook
Remove from the pan and set aside
Add the Marsala Wine to deglaze cook down for 5 min
Add the Black Mojo (Mushroom paste) and mix well
Add lemon juice and adjust for salt
5 cups of Water
1 cup of polenta
3 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of salt
Bring water and salt to a boil, add the polenta in a steady stream and cook for about 20 min until cooked through, finish with butter
To plate: add the polenta in the bottom, add sauce and top with scallops and garnish with parsley.
And for Dessert
Tarta de Santiago with Orange Blossom Infused Ice Cream
Dessert and its Super Easy!
This decadent gluten free almond cake is from Galicia Spain where pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago can find in near Santiago de Compostela Bakeries, it is usually adorned with the St. James Cross but in for this occasion the heart will do.
For the Cake
2 cups of ground almonds (almond flour)
1 cup of sugar
Lemon Zest of about 1 small lemon
pinch of Cinnamon about 1/4 teaspoon or less
Mix 1 cup of Vanilla Ice cream with 1 teaspoon of Orange Blossom Water
Orange Zest to sprinkle
Preheat Oven to 350 F and butter an 10 inch pan
In a bowl, add the eggs and sugar and mix with a whisk for about 2 min
Add the almond flour and mix well
Add the cinnamon and lemon zest
Pour in the cake pan and bake for 35-40 min
To finish the cake
Let it cool and them find a heart shape mold or make one with a piece of paper and dust with confectioners sugar.
To plate: To slice of Cake with Ice Cream and Sprinkle with Orange Zest
This will become one of your go to cakes, it is decadent and so easy to make!
Hope you enjoy cooking and being with each other, slowing down, after all, love is all you need.