February Challenge #1 for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Ambassadors: Cook for loved ones this Valentine’s day.
Easy! That was always going to happen.
Our morning started with a little surprise for the children at breakfast with homemade cards and a chocolate heart treat – it was the weekend after all.
Breakfast was a baked blueberry sharing pancake which was rather predictable for us other than using a square tin. Crème Fraîche is essential to cut through the sweetness. We always have the ingredients for this to hand as it’s mostly store cupboard staples and I also pop spare blueberries in the freezer before they turn.
Lunch comes around so quickly, especially following lazy mornings. A bit of spare ham we roasted a few days back and a couple of mushrooms.. Oh what to make?
Thankfully, the friendly freezer contains all sorts of good stuff; homemade chicken stock, peas, broad beans, spinach etc. Combined with a little pasta, a potato, carrot, celery, onion, garlic and we’re away: Hearty Winter Minestrone.
Now onto the main event. Felix has become obsessed with fish. Today he decided on a beautiful Plaice from the counter which we dusted in seasoned flour and fried in butter for a total of four minutes:
For us, it has to be steak for Valentines (or any other good excuse). Unfortunately we only had sirloin to hand, but at least it was excellent quality:
A classic Prawn Cocktail spiced up with grated horseradish and Rose Harissa:
A mushroom sauce, a tarragon dressing to smother the steak, deliciously crispy oven roasted chips, rocket and a bottle of Argentinian Malbec Bonarda:
Good honest food and the love of my life. Bliss. Even if I did forget dessert.
Happy ‘Eating Nice Food’ Day. x