15. Feb, 2018

Dinner for two

Hi everyone, a lot of my friends and followers have contacted me and asked why I did not suggest a Valentines day dinner for two, to enjoy at home. Well the truth is, that I wanted to, but due to the fact that this year San Valentine day fell on a Wednesday, and also coincided with Ash Wednesday and not forgetting the Madrid- PSG champions league game. So I thought that taking into account all the previuosly mentioned  it could wait and you can celebrate your Valentine's dinner next Saturday. So! today, I enclose a few menus to choose from, please elaborate the one that best suits your tastes, the time you have and the budget available at this time of the month.

The matter is not if you believe or not  in "Valentine" or think that every day should be the day of love or all this seems like one of the many nonsense that populate the planet, the important thing, (I think), is that life consists of small gestures, moments that we must use magic to make it unique and if we receive or prepare  a wonderful dinner, with candles, background music, a white tablecloth, presented with a exquisite taste, it does not matter what the meal is. The idea is to achieved something that has no economic value but an important emotional component and that is what it is, trying to make beautiful moments no matter if the day is called San Valentine or San Birdy Day.

Spanish ham with Melon: Iberico ham  and Melon are products that do not need elaborate recipes to show their flavor in all its fullness.A thin slice of high quality Iberico ham by itself can delight the most demanding palate. This simple and classic starter is not to be underestimated. The smell of the melon skin alone is enough to put you and your partner in  "alert mode", and the combination of the ripe juice and good, cured iberico ham   brings out the sweet-savoury-salty-sunny best in both. Ingredients: 1 ripe melon (buy good quality) 200g Spanish ham “Jamon Iberico”, sliced thin,1/2 bunch fresh mint, leaves only, Extra-virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper. Preparation: Cut the melon in half and clean out the seeds. Cut each half into 4 wedges. Place the melon wedges on a medium size platter.Top with the jamon slices and mint leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a dash of pepper.

Stuffed scallops: You all Know that I'm a great fan of  Julia Child, so I thought that Stuffed Scallops can be a great dish to prepare for the Romantic Dinner. The indications that the popular cook transmitts in her book "The Art of French Cuisine" allow us to prepare the scallops in the Provencal style. It is a very simple recipe, without whipped cream or cream, just with a little butter and the final touch of  cheese to gratinate. Ingredients for 2 people: 2 scallops, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 sweet onion, 1 shallot, 1 small clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 bay leaf , 1 teaspoon Provençal herb mixture, 1 glass of white wine, cheese to gratinate, a little bread crumbs, black pepper and salt. Preparation: Chop the sweet onion and the shallot separately in small cubes. Chop the garlic clove too. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan and add the onion, over low heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, without letting it brown. Add the shallot and garlic clove, cook for a couple of minutes. Remove and reserve. Dry the scallops well and remove the corals and reserve. Season with salt and pepper and pass lightly through the flour. Melt the other tablespoon of butter and the teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil in a pan and brown the scallops on both sides over high heat , for a couple of minutes. Add chopped coral, poached onion, laurel and Provencal herbs. Drizzle with the wine, lower the heat and cover. allow to cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove the bay leaf and distribute the filling evenly inside the clean scallops shells. Top with cheese, some bread crumbs and a pinch of butter. Gratin in the oven at 200ºC for 5 minutes and serve.