For Valentine’s Day this year, we teamed up with some of our sweetest friends for a meal inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook Plenty. From the book there was Yotam’s bulghur wheat and roasted peppers salad; cauliflower with raisins; and eggplant spread dressed with pomegranate seeds. There was also a puntarelle salad dressed in lemon; the most delicious green olives packed lightly in oil and orange zest; purple potatoes, chorizo, fennel, and crispy sage; oh and a pair of chickens from Rotisserie Portugalia, too.
I’m glad I was able to sneak in some healthy eating before the decadence of Montreal en Lumiere completely took over my life! (Haha, who am I kidding: at this Valentine’s dinner there was also foie gras in a can, pulled pork, and biscuits!) But really, I’ve been eating like a fat king all week long, but when it comes to a feast, this is the kind of food I would want, every time.
Towards the end of the meal, Katherine lit a delicate lover’s candle — two candles, two wicks, in an embrace. It was a lovely close to one of the best Valentine’s of recent memory.