Happy Valentine’s Day!!
So maybe Valentine’s Day is just a holiday made up by Hallmark and Tiffany’s to get you to shell out dough in February because Christmas has passed and they need another surge of cash. And yes, it’s overrated. But just the way there is mother’s day and father’s day where one day a year is alloted for you to remember to appreciate someone, there’s good old Vday. So tell someone you care about that you love them today – whether it’s your doorman, your sister, your dog, or your significant other.
Since I know that everywhere I look today I will be faced with the gross heart-shaped candy crap that litters the aisles of Walgreens, I wanted to make something so decadent that I wouldn’t even want to try it. Enter Primal-Palate. If you ever want decadence or “omg-this-can’t-be-paleo-it’s-so-good” go to their website. I made their chocolate & rasperry pot-de-creme and it is DIVINE. They are currently chilling in the fridge ready for me to devour, and you better believe I licked the food processor clean it was that good!
Primal Palate’s Raspberry & Chocolate Pots de creme:
6 oz dark chocolate cut into bits ( I used Sharfen Berger 70%)
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
Fill food processor with all ingredients but coconut milk. Don’t blend yet. Boil coconut milk in a small saucepan until it starts to steam, but before it bubbles. Add to food processor and blend everything together. AMAZING. I made mine served with raspberries on the bottom of my little dishes and one on top to garnish.
I was then so amazed I made a second batch but this time with COCONUT.
For this one I used unsweetened dark chocolate, so I added 1/2 tsp of amber honey and 1 tsp coconut butter to the ingredient mix above before blending. Sprinkle the bottom of your little dishes or jars with coconut flakes, pour the melted chocolate on top, and garnish with a raspberry to make it look fancy! I put mine in these cute little jars so I can take them to work with me. Genius I know!
I’m also a big believer that Valentine’s day is a fun excuse to do things that are out of the ordinary or a tad bit special. Every time I cook fish, I feel way more extraordinary than other meats. So make this dish – it actually takes no time at all and looks way fancier than it really is. Plus, it’s pink!
Olive Oil & Oregano Salmon :
Ingredients : 2 wild-caught Sockeye Salmon filets
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp basil
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped finely
1 lemon, juiced
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt & pepper to taste.
Combine these in a small jar. Shake well to mix together. Put salmon filets in a ziploc, pour marinade over top, seal the bag and then shake around. Let the ziploc sit and marinate in your fridge for at least an hour.
Once time has passed, remove your filet from the fridge and pre-heat your oven to 400 F. Put each filet in an individual small square of tin foil, pour half the marinade over top each filet and seal the foil. Place both foiled- salmons on a glass baking dish and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the salmon flakes with a fork. Serve with extra lemon squeezed on top.
This looks way fancier than it is to make! And it does NOT need any sweetener, it tastes like dessert on its own!
They explain the direction way better than I can , so go here for Carrot Souffle
I seem to have a good theme going for my day so far. I bought some cool street art :
Then I watched some coworkers share a milkshake ( Precious)
And I am stoked to spend my Valentines’ Day night at my Crossfit Box with some pretty cool people to do a partner’s WOD.
Still haven’t gotten that special someone a gift? READ THIS article in Forbes before you buy anything and learn how to NOT SCREW UP GIFT GIVING. My old roommate Justine knows what’s up. ( and I may or may not have been the one who received a dish brush as a v-day gift once…)
Do me a favour and tell someone you care about that you LOVE them today. No matter who you are, or how many times your mom can tell you that, it’s always good to hear that someone appreciates you. So don’t be too cool for love just cause you’re single. Happy Valentine’s Day!