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Ways to Heighten your Romantic Meal

Creating a Romantic Mood
You want to spend time with details like lighting, music and your table setting, even aroma's add a lot. as well as a creative centerpiece.

Perhaps this is going to be your first meeting with each other. You don't know what this person likes or doesn't like. Should you make it simple or go first class. Keeping things simple with some special touches is a good safe bet if you don't know.

Making Food Sensual
When you look into your lover's eyes in the candlelight, soft music, the rich aromas of food, wonderful flavors and beautiful colors, all these sensations work together to heighten the feeling of romance.

Do you and your significant other have a dish that you remember from a special time...maybe your first date? That is a good example of how food can become a romantic memory.

Consider a tender kiss. The feel of the soft moist lips, This is a clue as to what sensual foods are..Go here for the full article on Making Foods Sensual.


Presentation of Your Meal

Keep things very simple, contrast flavors, textures, colors, and shapes. Too much of anything can lose the definition so your mind doesn't know what your eating. Don't crowd your plates. Plan ahead, get as much prep out of the way, and set yourself up so that the final cooking goes very quick..........
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Valentine Help for Women
Women can bring more love into their lives by surrendering to the idea of being surrounded by love. Valentine's Day, with its hearts and flowers, cupids and teddy bears, can either remind us of loneliness, or inspire us with possibilities for love. Choose love!

 

Romantic Menus

Enchanting Cioppino
Bring the romance of a San Francisco Dockside restaurant meal to your home just you and your honey.

Beach Get-away
You can have a wonderful meal inside the hotel,
inexpensive and intimate

Annie's Pillow Dinner for 2
Try something different than
table and chairs to have your intimate dinner

Memories of an Austrian Romance
A nice story meal that will give you some great ideas

Annie's Spring Fever Lunch for 2
Invite that special someone to meet you on a park bench
on lunch hour.Soak up the sun, smell the fresh air,
and let healthful nature take her course!



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Beach Get-Away

Hey if were going to be married, lets make the best of it. Lets make it fun. Food can be such a great thing to make a memorable evening,

My wife and I have found that when we go to the coast we like to eat some meals in our room. We can kick our shoes off and let our hair down. We look for rooms with a microwave in them. We can also eat a course, read our books, watch the ocean or a movie and then go to the next course at a very non-hectic pace. We catch up on what is happening with each other, our kids and the latest gossip.

Here is some of the things we get; We find the romaine Caesar salad in a bag by Fresh Express to be great! It comes complete with dressing and croutons, so we can mix it in the bag. We always bring plates and silverware, but we keep it very simple. We also look for light things like crusty French bread and Brie or humus, to spread on it. So we throw in a little cutting board and a bread knife. If I think ahead, I will make one of Roses favorite dinners, like Coq au Vin and freeze it in a Ziplock bag, and keep it in a food chest next to a frozen pitcher of water. It will remain cold for a day at least, and sometimes 2. Then we can heat it up in the microwave.

It definitely adds that feeling of romance that a delivered Pizza doesn't.

We also find that in many tourist areas, things like a frozen dinner will be expensive, and not very satisfying.

So here is a simple menu for a Romantic dinner. Most of which you can purchase at a grocery store, on the way to your destination.

Crusty French bread
with brie, and gala apple slices
St. Chapelle Riesling

Caesar salad
ala fresh express

Coq au vin
Chicken thighs braised in red wine sauce.
Merlot

We usually leave dessert open...........
anyway I am interested in your ideas for romantic meals. There will be more next week.

Coq au Vin.
with Fettuccine noodles.

Ingredients: Serves 2
4 1 lb. of chicken thighs, (you may use boneless if you wish.)
2 C chicken stock or broth (I enhance them with beef bouillon)
1 T tomato paste
1 t whole thyme
1 t roasted garlic paste
1 C Burgundy or a decent red wine
1/2 C pearl onions.
1 C mushroom caps
2 T cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 C water

Spray a non stick skillet with vegetable spray.
Preheat the skillet to medium heat.
Dredge chicken in flour, and brown well.( about 15 min.)
Remove chicken and drain oil. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
Add chicken stock, thyme, Roasted garlic and tomato paste. Bring to a boil and and thicken with cornstarch.
Simmer chicken, in the sauce for 20 minutes.
Add mushrooms and onions and simmer another 15 min. till all is as tender as a women's love.
Serve with fettuccine noodles.

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"Annies Pillow Dinner for 2

State of being: Marriage, Serious Involvement, or major interest.

Frame of Space: Woman lonely, misses man though sees him everday. Needs to get his attention, needs ---

Scene: Home; She knows his schedule is gonna bring him in at 6pm.
She plans, and anticipates! She takes off at noon to prepare.
1)House is cleaned up.
2)Candles are placed. - A fireplace prepared if possible.
3)Music is chosen.
4)Two places are set at the coffee table in the living room.
They are gonna sit on pillows on the floor, with their backs to the couch.
5)The outfit she wears is a must. Comfortable, provacitive - with his taste is mind.
6) She bathes - not a shower, a BATH. Oils & scents. She's gonna get what she wants.

THE MEAL:

A platter on the coffee table:
red-seedless grapes, Romaine lettuce heart leaves ( previously tossed lightly in a dressing made from a couple tsp mayo and fresh juice of 1/2 a lemon)
Country Pork pate, small sourdough French loaf slices, a good Chardonnay.

Light the fire, and the candles, start the CD, you're beautiful and he's gonna love it!

He's home!Tell him to shower-get comfortable-and meet you on the pillows. If he's good, he's poured you both a glass and he's sitting (as told, - you are always doing what he says) staring into the fire - feeling warm. He turns his head as you walk into the room. You smile, he smiles back and holds out his hand ( or at least moves his arm so you can sit). You sit by him, accepting your glass, clink glasses - and kiss ( I just love that part!). A soft kiss of acknowledgment. He wants to know what's in store? You pick up a grape and place it on his lips. He sucks it in and smiles again. The two of you sip, you nibble, giggle, and you both begin to breathe again. Then you refill his glass, and leave him to the pate.

In the kitchen, you retrieve the meal from the covered skillet:

Annie's Chicken

3 tbls olive oil - skillet on 325*
1/2 C Chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic,
1 Tsp. chopped celery tops,
Approx. 12 oz. boneless chicken pieces(I like Thighs),season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, rosemary, and olive oil  (no vampires here)
1 C sliced mushrooms (optional)
1 C sliced green and yellow Zucchini
1 C sliced red bell pepper
1 C sliced Onion
1 can cream of chicken
1 can Cream of celery, or mushroom
1 and 1/2 C water
1 and 1/2 C jasmine rice

Directions

Saute onion, garlic and celery tops, for 15 seconds.
Add chicken pieces and bring them to a sizzle, place lid on skillet, and cook till brown, approximately 15 min. on both sides.
Add sliced mushrooms, scruffle up in oil a bit.
Then add sliced green and yellow zucchini, red bell peppers, onion, Scruffle veggies up, and simmer.
Add the soups,and 1 and 1/2 cups water, and the jasmine rice.
Stir rice in a bit. Place lid on skillet and let cook at 325 - 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Rice will be fluffy, chicken moist & tender, color of veggies very inviting. Smells awesome, tastes better!
Place scoops of all on plates, with a garnish of cold thin melon slices on cold cottage cheese, and a bit of greenery. Carry into the living room and sit by your lover.
He oos and ahhs - you feel good. You talk, you eat. You pour more wine. He's stuffed (remember you dished up the plates - go light, you want action later)!
"You out-did yourself", he says.
Take the plates into the kitchen, this time returning with dessert: a plate of fresh strawberries or raspberries with a dish of homemade chocolate fudge pudding topped with whipped cream in the center for dipping.
Change the CD, stoke the fire, dip a strawberry in the pudding and hold it to your man's lips - tell him now it's his turn to feed you, he'll bite, I promise!

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Annies Spring Fever Lunch for 2


Linguine with Cilantro Pesto

1/2 c. chopped pecans (salted or un)
1/2 c. chopped parsley
1/2 C. Chopped cilantro
3 cloves garlic (fresh or from jar)
2 1/2 tsp. light olive oil
Pinch of salt

 

1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor/blender.
2. (heat lightly in micro if desired)
3. Serve over past a. Celantro Pesto contains 1 &1/2Tbls contains approx. 40 calories and only 4 grams fat
Good Romance is definitely enhanced by good physical health! And a light, tasty lunch is a great way to wet his (or her) appetite for more!

Garnish plates with thick slices of ripe tomatoes, and cucumbers with fresh ground pepper. Sparkling mineral water with lime, is a great mate with the flavorful cilantro!
Container all and take to work. Invite that special someone to meet you on a park bench on lunch hour. Soak up the sun, smell the fresh air, and let healthful nature take her course!


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Memories of an Austrian Romance"

By Annie Hayden

 

 

Romance? - A thing of the past, a hope for the future, or just a magical moment that escapes all elements of time and reason?

Once a dear, beautiful friend (40 years old, 6' 2", 185#, coal black hair, a body of rock, blue sparkling eyes, and a smile that held Venus, the stars and the moon), invited me to visit him in his native Austria (ok, - so, I escaped from a mad man in England, hopped a midnight train leaving my luggage behind, traveled through the night and a day into complete illiteracy, and yes, the gutsy, magical unknown. Thank God, my friend answered the phone when I called from the train station in Vienna!).

In any event, in honor of my friend and the romance, and new experiences he brought into my life, which, will stay with me everyday I live, I would like to share my favorite Austrian dish:

It is so simple and so delicious! (It's in the paprika and lard, I'm sure)

WIENER SAFTGULASCH with DUMPLINGS

(Viennese Gravy Goulash with dumplings of course!)
Ingredients:
1kg (2.5 lb) stewing meat (in Vienna elk is a very popular menu and grocery meat)
cut small.
500g onion (one works), 200g (7oz)
1 dessert spoon Hungarian paprika,
lard (yes lard, no schurking here),
2 crushed cloves of garlic,
1/8 litre(4oz )water
salt
caraway seeds
marjoram
1 dessert spoon tomato puree

Method:
Finely chop the onion and brown in hot lard, mix in the paprika and other spices, then add the diced meat and seal quickly.
Add the water and tomato puree, allow to stew slowly and evenly until the meat is tender, and has made a smooth gravy.
Serve with potatoes or dumplings.

Nockerln

(Dumplings!)
Ingredients:
400g (14oz) flour
2 eggs
1/4 liter (8 fluid oz)milk
a pinch of salt.

Method:
Melt the butter and work the other ingredients into it to make a dough.
Scoop out with a spoon and drop into plenty of boiling water and cook gently for 15 to 20 minutes.
Drain over a sieve and serve hot.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I. Yours in kitchen Projects, Annie.