Why my Mom never taught me any Valentine Recipe…

Valentine, is a very alien word to my Mom, and she would still wonder, why do I need to cook a  special meal to celebrate love…Those were the days , when birthdays, anniversary, and festivals were the only special occasions when a feast or special meal was cooked.

As young school going girls, the only thing we  knew was that there is a day which is celebrated for us  to feel special, and wait for a Red Rose  coming our way…. To me Red roses started getting associated with Love, expression of love only when I got in my teens.

In college the intensity with which this day was lived became bit more significant as we had stepped into the Mills and Boon Era( that too was read with brown covers on them)…and we were always looking out for a prince charming…

With all that and a smile on my face, I still can’t date back when I started celebrating Valentine’s with full conviction…..

“Hey what is your plan for this valentine…Is SM taking you for a romantic outing?” If any of my friends ask me this, I will dig my head into the sand…till some years back, as we would barely had any so called special plans for the V day… and My frinds will have all stories to narrate , on how they are planning their respective evenings with surprises expected from both the sides…

Now all this sounds very filmy, but SM my better half for 17 years is the first someone special in my life..  who had always found these special dates very boring, and his belief in rather making “moments” special, Makes me think differently….His idea of being in love, is always a great meal.. Those who have known him, his friends, family know him as a very non romantic soul…

But believe me a well arranged table with some glasses of good wine, and some appetising meal, can turn the tables, and you can feel like a special valentine to someone any day of the year…Who else would know it better than me!!

With a sudden change in my lifestyle, my travelling, and unlimited time spent writing, I have barely any enthusiasm left to do extensive prep for special moments, and ordering food, or going out for a dinner, looks too artificial to me as an idea to express my love…

So with valentine just around the corner…I had my plans and off course we all will have our own plans……I am all set for a simple yet romantic meal…

Our meals have desserts as main course and main food can be subtle affair… so decided to have some handmade ravioli, stuffed with homemade ricotta with grated beetroot, served in parsley and beetroot sauce …I like to add that special ‘me’ touch by doing these little things like rolling out some pasta dough and making ravioli…instead of quickly tossing some pasta out of the packet..This is what I call expression of love!!

For desserts planned a simpler heart shaped pancakes with strawberry coulis…the idea is my daughter ‘Si’s girlie brain…and she decided to take over the charge to make and serve them… So this brought me some relief in terms of labor…

And our drinks, as usual favourite red wine just given a bit of twist for the special day, to make sangria, with some romantic fruits like strawberries and grapes available….

Print Recipe
Heart Shaped Ravioli in parsley and beetroot sauce
A special meal of heart shaped Ravioli, with simple flavours from parsley and vibrant colours from the beetroot, making a perfect one for your valentine's evening.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pasta Dough
Filling
Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pasta Dough
Filling
Sauce
Instructions
Pasta dough
  1. Sift flour on to a clean work station, sprinkle salt , create a well in the center and crack eggs in it Slowly work the flour into the eggs and keep drizzling oil and make into a soft dough Allow the dough to rest covered in a cling film..for 30 minutes Cover and keep in a cling firm Let it Rest for 30 minutes
Filling
  1. Mix the ingredients of the filling gently
Ravioli
  1. Roll a small portion of pasta dough in to a thin sheet and cut in two Place a small portion in the center of one part and apply egg white around the filling Place the other sheet of dough over it and carefully seal around the filling using the pressure of the finger Now carefully cut the raviolli using the heart shaped cutter. Now use a fork to create marks all around the edges and collect all the raviolli s in a plate dusted with flour to avoid sticking. Now simmer a pan of water with salt. Add the raviolli to the boiling water and allow to cook for 10 min They start flaoting on top once cooked Remove carefully using a large strainer
Sauce
  1. Heat the pan, add butter, add garlic and sauté till fragrant Add onions and cook till transparent Add flour and cook till raw smell goes Add beetroot puree and cook Keep adding vegetable stock to adjust the thickness Once done add salt, pepper. Add chopped parsley Now place the cooked raviolli in a pltae and pour the sauce over and around it. Garnish with parsley and parmesan cheese
Recipe Notes

Soft dough is the key to great pasta

The filling can be made ahead of time, add salt only at the time of  actual filling of pasta.

 

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Heart shaped pancakes in Strawberry coulis
Making these simple yet exciting heart shaped pancakes is a child's play...served with a gorgeous strawberry coulis lifts the mood and sets the rythm...n
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Strawberry Coulis
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Strawberry Coulis
Instructions
Pancakes
  1. Mix all the ingredients in the order given and whick till smooth Fill in a piping bag Heat the pan and drizzle oil Pipe out the batter in to heart shaped pancakes Cook till done on both sides
Strawberry Coulis
  1. Heat a pan and add strawberries and sugar together Cook till soft and squishy and sugar dissolves Allow to cool
Plating
  1. Serve the pancakes with a scoop of strawberry icecream and strawberry coulis with sliced starwberries

This recipe is featured in Woman’s era Food section  ..Read @

https://womansera.com/food/valentines-special-food-symbolic-love-words-inadequate/

Vedio @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgIcM5vf2Lw&t=5s

2 Comments
  1. Looks really yummy n wat a story…. Worth a read…

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