Now we don't normally bother with Valentines Day. Personally I think it's over commercialised and if hubby came in with a bunch of roses I'd probably think he'd done something wrong! But after flicking through delectable recipes with gorgeous photos I couldn't resist planning a nice meal for us to celebrate. We are supposed to be watching the calories but decided this was a one off so I could do whatever I wanted.
So here is the menu:
Bruschette con pesto do pomodori secchi (bruschetta with sun-dried tomato pesto)
- this is extremely tasty and we gave it 10/10. Even though I made half the amount I still have quite a lot of the pesto left which Hubby is very very happy about!
Rigatoni all' arrabbiata con salmone (rigatoni in spicy tomato and salmon sauce)
- this was a light sauce but could probably do with more chilli for our taste. It will make a nice summer meal with a good side salad and crusty bread.
Pancetta di maiale Al forno (slow roasted pork belly with radicchio) with roasted new potatoes, steamed carrots and sugar snap peas.
- unfortunately I couldn't get hold of any radicchio heads so substituted the carrots and peas. The pork was lovely with a very crispy crackling. I don't like aniseed but the fennel seeds added a nice touch, and the smidge of good quality balsamic vinegar set the meal off well.
Coppe al caffe' con Cioccolato fuso (coffee pots with melting chocolate)
- now come on, chocolate and coffee, what is not to like? These are a baked individual puddings with a sauce that sinks to the bottom. The flavour was great but they were a little dry. Might have been nice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a smidge of cream.
Needless to say this was the one meal of the day and I spread it out over a few hours. I am really happy with how it all turned out, and Hubby was very appreciative 😘