Valentine’s Day Feast

Valentines Day, a saints feast day established in 496 honoring a saint that no one really knows anything about, other than he was eventually beheaded , how happy.  The name Valentine was derived from the Latin valens meaning worthy, strong, and powerful.  So, it is on this day that couples new and old celebrate how worthy, strong, and powerful their feelings for each other are.  This year Jason and I celebrated our relationship at home, bypassing not only the never ending snow, but the Valentine’s Day restaurant rush as well.  What better way to say “J’taime” then to do the one thing that satisfies not only the body, but the soul as well – cook, and cook together for each other!

And what says love better then the potato.  Ok, that may just be my opinion.  Still, the potato is an amazing entity, having traveled all over the world to sustain all different cultures.  Moving from its origin in the Andes (being a main staple of the Inca Empire) to Spain and throughout Europe (Marie Antoinette purportedly wore a fancy ball headdress made of the potato flower), onto England (where Friedrich Engels claimed that the potato rivaled iron in its social revolutionary role) to Ireland (which is where my family way back when started my genetic love affair with the tuber) and onto Asia and the US and Canada, yada yada.  You get the point.

My favorite way to prepare the potato is mashed and smashed.  Mashed sweet potatoes (prepared with butter, brown sugar, and half and half) sprinkled with sea salt and pepper is an amazing attribute to a super savory dinner as it provides a starch dish that doesn’t seem full of starch due its creamy sweetness.  Mmm. Luckily mashed sweet potatoes translate as Love in Jason’s brain as well.

Jason made fillet mignon wrapped in bacon + sauteed onions, tomatoes, and snow peas + brocoli. It was an amazing dinner, and a relaxing and enjoyable Valentine’s day with my soon to be hubby.

VALENTINES DAY FEAST

2 fillet mignon, wrapped in raw bacon

1/2 an onion, sliced into strips

handful of small, cherry tomatoes

handfull of snow peas

brocoli

sea salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of parsley

1 teaspoon of oregano

  1. Saute sliced onions, whole cherry tomatoes, whole snow peas, oregano, parsley and a pinch of sea salt and pepper in a saucepan or wok on high until carmelized.
  2. Add the bacon wrapped steak to the carmelized vegetables and cook on high until the bacon is done cooking.
  3. Make the broccoli to you liking, either sauteing it with the rest of the vegetables or on its own in a steamer or pot of boiling water until soft.
  4. Plate, add the mashed sweet potatoes, and enjoy!

MASHED SWEET POTATOES

Serves 2

*originally from marthastewart.com*

2 sweet potatoes

1/2 cup of half and half

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons of light brown sugar

salt and pepper to taste

  1. Cook sweet potatoes.  You can do this in the oven (which takes a decent amount of time), or you can punch holes in the potatoes and stick them in your microwave on high for  5 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.  Whichever way you choose, dont forget to puncture the spuds before cooking them.
  2. Once the potatoes are cooked, de-skin them and put the potato into a medium bowl and mash lightly with a fork.
  3. Add the butter, sugar, and half and half.  Mix with an electric beater until thick and creamy.  Add more sugar if you like!
  4. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and pepper, to taste.
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