Here’s a round up of my favorite Valentine’s Day recipes from years past.
These are morsels to spark the imagination,
ignite the taste buds,
and lick off the fingers.
Ginger Shortbread Hearts with Lemon Curd
Lemon and ginger, two tangy flavors that are perfect cuddled up together. This post includes a recipe for ginger shortbread, which is cut into heart shapes perfect for teatime dunking with some special friends.
Customized Conversation Hearts
A little sandpaper, some food coloring markers, and you are set! Take your favorite conversation hearts and whip them into shape with the perfect dirty words you’ve had floating through your head. These saucy hearts are prefect when slipped back into their original container and gifted to an unsuspecting Valentine… in public.
Pucker Up Pomegranate Truffles
When placed on the tongue, your whole mouth can’t help but massage itself in a flavor reveling frenzy. The following recipe provides a luscious wet mouthed experience of pomegranate wedded with silky chocolate, and in a vegan (no dairy) way too. This flavor bomb will serve as a perfect appetizer for your next tongue bath…
What would carbonated fruit have to do with Valentine’s Day? It’s a perfect palate cleansing zip on the tongue, kind of like Champagne, but just fruit! There are two ways to make homemade carbonated fruit. This post describes the frozen method that utilizes dry ice to freeze your chosen fruit. A second way makes use of an isi dispenser. The container of the isi is filled with the fruit of your choice, and then charged with two CO2 cartridges and refrigerated for 2 hours. I like to carbonate grapes, mandarin orange segments, and banana slices. This carbonating idea is especially suited for those who have cut back their sugar intake and use fruit as a sweet treat.
Raspberry Cordial with Chocolate Mousse Kiss
This sweet pairing is a perfect dessert to keep small in serving size. It’s homemade sweet raspberry vodka cordial (easily made the same day you want it) floating around a piping of chocolate mousse. Additionally, this uses a vegan mousse recipe for those who don’t want dairy in their mousse. Using your prettiest small glasses to serve this up helps make this small taste extra special.
Fudgy Framboise Lambic Brownies
This recipe utilizes a fun way to add flavor to brownies: by drizzling a flavorful liquid to their hot freshly baked surface. Putting bright sparkly raspberry lambic in a small spray bottle makes it even easier to distribute the flavor onto the brownies. You’ll soon find yourself wanting to spritz everything around you.. wink wink, nudge nudge!