Do all those googly-oogly things couples do and try to add a little spice to your lives, inject some sponatanaeity and give each other little surprises to keep things interesting.
If you’re going to to go out, I hope you’ve reserved at your favourite spot and you’re sure that the same good service and great food will be offered and that you won’t be rushed to finish your dinner.
I prefer staying in on Valentine’s. Go make something that’s relatively easy, where both of you can share cooking duties, decide who’s chef and who’s sous-chef. The last thing you need is a kitchen argument.
Ladies, let’s be realistic. Valentine’s means more to women than men.
I hate to break it to you but we have to remember Valentine’s, we have to execute the day’s expected behaviour. We follow the our notes on Valentine’s to a TEE (who am I kidding, guys don’t keep notes).
Now, I’m not saying guys can’t be romantic but we just know that women (most at least) want the “treatment” on Valentine’s.
I’ve always been the type to try and keep things exciting in a relationship…naughty little notes, surprise visit to her work to go for lunch, come home early to do a dreaded house chore or buy a little present…just ’cause I wanted to.
Do we really have to jump through hoops on this day? If it takes a guy one certain day (Valentine’s) to express his love for you…think hard about the relationship.
Please don’t be calling a divorce lawyer saying, “Peter sent you” but cut the guys some slack. Most of us like doing sweet little nothing al year ’round…at least I do.
So here, I have my Valentine’s dessert for all of you. I’ve made a Fig Compote, spiced with cinnamon, star anise, cloves, chili flakes and poached in Mavrodaphne fortified Greek wine.
I hope you’re making dinner for each other tonight and, the only other advice I can give is PLEASE DO NOT choose any menu item that involves frying. Cooking naked has it’s hazards!
Fig Compote With Star Anise
4 ounces (about 1 cup) dried figs
1 cup Mavrodaphne (or other fortified wine)
2 tablespoons honey
6 whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon
1 star anise pod
1/2 vanilla bean or vanilla extract
1 strip of lemon peel 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
*If necessary to thicken, mix 1 Tbsp. corn starch
+ 2 Tbsp cold water
- Put all ingredients in medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove the solids (spices, etc) from the compote.
- Serve warm or cool with ice cream or strained yogurt.
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