By Eucharia Ayanti/
You do not have to tear you pocket or break your account to have a wonderful valentine meal with your lover or love ones. The crowdy nature of restaurant this Valentine season does not make it an ideal place to spend and experience the wonderful moment of valentine. Also considering cost, it is much more better to enjoy the serenity of your home with an affordable home-made special meals. This is you can share with the love of your life with so much serenade.
You could try an all-out Nigeria meal or continent, which ever you choose will do the magical experience.
Let’s take you through meals that you can handle and have the best of the moment in the season you have never had. It could also be fun doing the cooking with your love-special as that in itself is part of the valentine bonding. Sure! A memorable experience it would be for the rest of your life.
MASHED MEATY POTATO PANCAKES
- 6 cups cold mashed potatoes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups ground meat
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 1 garlic clove, chopped finely
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
- ½ cup fine breadcrumbs
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tbsp olive oil and ground meat and saute, breaking it up. Season with 1 tsp salt and a pinch of pepper. Remove to a separate dish.
- In the same skillet, add 2 tbsp oil then add onions and carrots. Stir over medium heat for five minute. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Return meat with juices to the pan.
- Add garlic and chopped parsley, stirring for one minute. Remove from heat.
- Stir together mashed potatoes with egg and flour. Place a rounded ice cream scoop of mixture into a well-floured hand and pat it into a disk. Sprinkle with flour to keep it from sticking to your hand.
- Place 1 tbsp of filling into the centre and pinch the edges together to seal. Dip stuffed pancake in bread crumbs, turning to coat. Pat the stuffed pancake into a flat disk.
- In a large non-stick pan over medium heat, coat the bottom of the pan with oil. Once hot, cook pancakes for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden. Repeat with remaining pancakes adding more oil as needed.
- Remove to a plate lined with paper towels and serve warm.
OVEN BAKED RICE
More tips :
- You can wash the rice if you want but make sure it’s thoroughly drained
- Create a seal with foil. you need trapped steam to completely cook the rice
- Do not check on the rice while it’s in the oven. opening the pan or stirring will cause it to lose steam and not cook evenly
- Any type of oven proof pan including baking pan and disposable foil can be used for this recipe
- 2 cups rice (basmati or parboiled rice )
- 2 cups water
- 1/3 cup blended pepper mix (optional)
- Teaspoon each (curry, thyme, paprika)
- Salt – to taste
- 3 tablespoons oil (coconut)
- Handful chopped peppers
- 1/2 small onion (chopped)
- Preheat oven to 425F
- In an oven safe pan, combine all ingredients.
- Seal with foil and cover tightly. Bake for 35 mins.
ONE -PAN SALMON WITH ROASTED ASPARAGUS
- 400g Irish potatoes, halved if large
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 8 asparagus spears (Baladi or Mwinika-nguru), trimmed and halved
- 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 salmon fillets, about 140g/5oz each
- 1 handful basil or scent leaves
- Heat oven to 220C. In an ovenproof dish, toss the potatoes and 1 tbsp of olive oil, then roast for 20 mins until starting to brown. Toss the asparagus in with the potatoes, then return to the oven for 15 mins.
- Throw in the cherry tomatoes and vinegar and tuck in the salmon amongst the vegetables. Drizzle with the remaining oil and return to the oven for 10-15 mins until the salmon is cooked.
- Scatter over the basil leaves.
- Serve everything scooped straight from the dish.