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15 Delicious And Romantic Recipes For This Year’s Valentine’s Day

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15 Delicious And Romantic Recipes For This Year’s Valentine’s Day

The best part of Valentine’s Day is the food, and I say that as someone who is in a happy relationship. Before labelling me as a cynic, think about it. Chocolate, heart candy, dinners – these are central elements to the whole Valentine’s Day experience. If you’re anything like me, you prefer a home cooked meal best of all, and that’s where these recipes come in. They’re the perfect solution when it comes to creating some truly delicious and romantic fare. Also, if you looked closely enough, you may notice that a lot of these recipes contain aphrodisiac ingredients, just in case you’re interested in the second best thing about Valentine’s Day.

Breakfast

I’ll take mine in bed, thanks.

1. Red Velvet Pancakes


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    You may put on some weight just by looking at the recipe, but I can assure you that it’s worth it. What better way to start letting yourself go once securing your valentine?

    2. Pink Waffles

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      I’m really not much of a pink girl, but these are over the top enough for me to approve. Plus, I happen to one of those weirdos that rather likes things being sweetened and colored by beetroot juice. If that isn’t your jam, I suggest replacing it with pink food colouring.

      3. Gordon’s Eggs Benedict

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        I trust anyone that says things like “You’ve used so much oil, the U.S. want to invade the plate.” Plus, just being able to pull off a decent hollandaise is romantic as is.

        Dinner

        1. Oysters Kilpatrick

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          Oysters are already a traditionally romantic food, but adding bacon is always a bonus. As such, this makes for a lovely entree.

          2. One Pan Salmon with Roast Asparagus

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            Healthy. Simple. Delicious. Aphrodisiac. What else can I say?

            3. Beef and Beer Pie

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              Despite popular belief, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about the ladies. In fact, regardless of my ovaries, I would be delighted to be served this delicious comfort food. It would make for a nice counterbalance to the pink and red explosion we’re all subjected to during the day.

              4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

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                This may not sound particularly romantic, but an endorsement from Lady and the Tramp is good enough for me.

                Sweets

                Sometimes it’s preferable to skip straight to dessert…

                1. Love Bug Biscuits

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                  This is a cute little recipe for the kids, who are sure to love them.

                  2. Valentine Cupcakes

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                    Because I’ll take any excuse to have a cupcake.

                    3. Cookie Dough Truffles

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                      Why buy a box of chocolates when you can make your own? They’re so much more thoughtful and delicious!

                      4. Chocolate Mousse

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                        Because, chocolate. Do you really need more of an excuse?

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                        Drinks

                        Because what’s Valentine’s Day without some cocktails?

                        1. Chocolate Indulgence

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                          A dessert and a drink in one glass…clearly this romantic beverage was invented for me.

                          2. Espresso Martini

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                            For those who may need the caffeine boost for later on…

                            3. Pink Lemonade Margarita

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                              A fresh and zesty drink to remind you of young love.

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                              4. The Scarlet O’Hara

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                                One of the greatest dramatic love stories of all time combined with southern charm. Frankly my dear, I’ll take another.

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                                5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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                                5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

                                Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

                                “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

                                Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

                                Food is a universal necessity.

                                It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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                                Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

                                Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

                                Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

                                Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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                                The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

                                Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

                                This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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                                Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

                                Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

                                Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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                                So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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