Whenever I think of what Valentine’s day means to me, I think of my husband of course, and the many years we’ve been together. We don’t go out for dinner, but rather cook together a romantic spread paired with wine to get the endorphins going. Over the last couple of years, we’ve indulged in an hour of hot yoga as a prelude.
I thought I’d share some of our tantalizing Valentine’s Day Tapas which we prepare to eat and drink as we go. The idea is to keep the preparation simple. We start with shucking a baker’s dozen of local Oysters soaked in a Mignonette Sauce, and slurp it down with a glass of bubbly. What a way to start.
Then we blanch some Asparagus and dip one by one in salted butter paired with a crisp Pinot Gris. Yum!!
Now my ultimate favorite. A smear of artisan BC Goat’s Cheese and a layer of crushed fresh figs topped with crisped prosciutto and a few leaves of lightly dressed arugula on a base of toasted nut bread. I love the complexity of flavor. A dark, bold Pinot Noir will stand up to this savory bite. Forget the calories on this. It’s worth it.
At this point in the evening, we are yearning for a sweet ending. Yes, Strawberries dipped in Dark Callebaut Chocolate. Simple and elegant.
Bon Appetit and Happy Valentine’s Day!