Happy Valentine’s everyone. =)
Many will say Valentine’s is just a ploy to sell things to the masses (my colleagues) and it’s probably true. But instead of buying expensive things and going out for an expensive dinner, I decided to cook and make something special instead. The main course I made is actually something very simple that I’ve done many times before because it’s so easy.
I’ve always wanted to get these heart-shaped chocolate lolis as gifts when I first set eyes on them in Koko Black . So with Valentine’s as an excuse I made my boyfriend give them to me. =) And I got 2 as well! Was really delighted.
For dinner, I made roasted chicken thighs with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies.
The chicken thighs were seasoned with Keen’s curry powder, paprika, a pinch of chilli powder and ground pepper. I’ve always made roasted chicken parts like this and they’ve always turned out well. Roast at around 200 degrees Celcius for about 35-40 minutes.
For the mashed potatoes, I used my thermal cooker to help save cooking time . I cut up the potatoes the night before and soaked them in water. In the morning, I replaced the water, salted it and boil the potatoes. Then returned it to the thermal cooker to continue cooking while I go to work. After the potatoes have softened, to make the mash, I added butter, milk, salt and pepper and mash until soft and fluffy. No measurements because its all to taste. To make the mash fluffier, add milk until it’s the right degree of fluffiness. The gravy is made with Gravox Traditional gravy mix. I added the jus from the roasting chicken and some cream because I had some at hand and simmered to thicken.
Carrots and brocolli are the staples in my diet because I love the crunch and sweetness of both vegetables. Just steamed them over boiling water in my colander because I didn’t have a steamer.
And dessert is Tiramisu Chocolate Mousse from Chef John’s blog. I started off with the espresso, butter and chocolate, left it over the double boiler as instructed but when I started stirring it all together, it became a lumpy, grainy mess and not the silky mixture that Chef John got. Happened to me before when I made chocolate truffles a few years ago. Since then, I’ve researched and I think it’s caused by moisture in the chocolate but by adding more water it sorts out the problem. So I added a few tablespoons of water and it indeed sorted the problem, my chocolate mixture became silkier. =)
Both of us only manage to finish one of the bowls (the recipe was for 4 servings anyways). It wasn’t too sweet and tasted pretty good but I felt it wasn’t light enough which I think is caused by my over beating the cream. For a first try, it was a pass and it’s was actually really easy to make. I always thought that making mousse is complicated and tricky but thanks to the video (which is linked above), it gave me the confidence to try it myself. And below is the money shot. =)
Hope everyone has had a great Valentine’s. =) I’m going to try making some bread this weekend to have with bacon and eggs, butter and jam and just on its own. Check out Chef John’s youtube channel, many great videos and easy to make recipes.