My last post detailed how i set the scene for a romantic Valentine’s dinner…now onto the menu. In thinking what i wanted to prepare, the famously Spanish “paella” kept coming to mind. I’ve never made it, but have been intrigued by the flavors, the colors and the plethora of different ingredients that could be used. I also liked the idea of making a one dish dinner!
I looked long and hard for a paella recipe that appealed to me…and found one by Jamie Oliver that not only looked divine, but had fantastic reviews…so here’s my take on paella:
Served with fresh sourdough and a rosemary olive oil, the paella doesn’t require any other sides…this is a full, robust and flavorful meal! We also paired a Spanish wine with the paella..it was recommended by a friend, Debra, a number of years ago and we love it! Menguante, a dry Spanish red.
For dessert, i had to get creative….Scott is not a “sweets” guy, but, really, you can’t have a Valentine’s meal without chocolate, can you? I decided to do a take on s’mores…indoor, of course!
The S’more elements: freshly baked Peanut Butter Cookies, bittersweet chocolate, marshmallows and caramel sauce. Easy, yes?
We had a simply wonderful evening…far more enjoyable than a fancy night on the town. A dinner with food made from the heart and wonderful company is a treasure! And we decided, it’s good for our kids to see their mom and dad taking time to be with one another…though there were many giggles and random flashing lights (as they tried to sneak pictures), i think they were secretly delighted. I can’t wait to see some of your ideas and pics!! Do share..