Something Sweet For Valentine’s Day

Romantic Valentine’s Day meals have always been about the dessert, let’s face it.

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  • The dinner kind of gets in the way of those delicious chocolatey treats. But that doesn’t mean dinner can’t have a sweet touch too. This Valentine’s Day why don’t you impress your loved one with a dinner they’ll never forget, thanks to a lovingly infused touch of honey, care of MassLive and dessert thanks to FoodNetwork.

    Start with pasta tossed with a lemon-honey sauce and chopped fresh herbs. Don’t be intimidated by making pasta from scratch. If you enjoy cooking together, dumping the ingredients on the counter and knead them together into a dough. Or for ease, do it in the food processor. Either way, the fun is in rolling it out and cutting it. Kansas State Wildcats No special equipment needed.

    While you’re working on the pasta, roast the second course — honey-pepper olives and green beans with shrimp.

    Pasta With Lemon, Herbs and Honey

    Start to finish: 45 minutes

    Servings: 4

    Ingredients:

    For the pasta:

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons water

    For the sauce:

    • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1/2 cup mixed torn fresh herbs (such as parsley, chervil, basil, tarragon and chives)
    • Salt and ground black pepper
    • Parmesan cheese, to serve

    Directions:

    In a food processor, combine the flour, salt, eggs, olive oil and water. Process until the dough forms a ball. Chaussure Asics Gel Noosa Tri 11 Continue processing for another minute to knead the dough. Transfer the ball of dough to the counter. Cover with an overturned bowl or plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.

    Once the dough has rested, cut it in half. Using a rolling pin, one at a time roll each half out on a lightly floured surface. Comprar Nike Air Max Roll the dough into an oblong as thin as possible. Using a pizza wheel or paring knife, cut the dough into long strips or irregular squares. nike air max 2016 grijs Sprinkle the cut pasta with a bit of flour or cornmeal to prevent it from sticking.

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the pasta into the water and cook until al dente, about 3 to 5 minutes.

    When the pasta has cooked, drain it, then return it to the pot. Delanie Walker Titans Jerseys Add the lemon zest and juice, butter and honey. Toss until the butter is melted. Add the herbs, then toss again. Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with grated Parmesan.

    Nutrition information per serving: 430 calories; 140 calories from fat (33 percent of total calories); 16 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 110 mg cholesterol; 60 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 11 g protein; 220 mg sodium.

    Honey-Pepper Roasted Shrimp With Green Beans and Olives

    Start to finish: 30 minutes

    Servings: 4

    Ingredients:

    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • Zest of 1 orange
    • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
    • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
    • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed
    • 450g large peeled and de-veined raw shrimp

    Directions:

    Heat the oven to 200C (400F). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Coat the foil with cooking spray.

    In a medium bowl, stir together the honey, red pepper flakes, salt, garlic, orange zest and rosemary. Stir in the olives and the green beans to coat.

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  • Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and add the shrimp, stirring them into the other ingredients. Roast for another 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink and firm. Serve immediately.

    Nutrition information per serving: 260 calories; 60 calories from fat (23 percent of total calories); 7 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 170 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 19 g sugar; 24 g protein; 710 mg sodium.

    Chocolate Almond Honey Tart

    Since it’s Valentine’s Day, why not try something a little special, and what could be better than the delicious sweetness of honey combined with one of nature’s best aphrodisiacs, almonds.

    Servings: 6 – 8

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 stick (55g) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, at room temperature, plus extra for coating the pan
    • 160g of digestive biscuits
    • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
    • 3/4 cup heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

    Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).

    Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

    Place the biscuits and almonds in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture forms fine crumbs, about 15 to 20 seconds. Add the butter and pulse until incorporated. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Adidas Homme Cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

    In a small saucepan, whisk the cream and honey together over low heat until the honey has dissolved. Increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to just below a boil. Place the chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until the mixture is smooth. Pour the chocolate filling over the prepared crust. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or preferably overnight.

    Loosen the tart from the sides of the pan by running a thin metal spatula around the edge. Unmold the tart and transfer to a serving plate.