Happy (almost) Hearts Day! My valentine this year is a little black dog name Zeuggie. I'm pretty sure he is going to get me something small and sparkly tomorrow. Rule for all boys, men and doggies out there - you can never go wrong with small and sparkly for your valentine. Wait I take that back, I'd rather have a new flash for my camera or a new pair of ski boots.
Since most girls love pink, hearts, sparkles and bubbles, I hosted group yesterday for a little crafting and champagne. Ribbons, stamps, fun papers and glitter provided the activity and was an outlet for everyone to express there one "Tarte and Parcel-esque" creativity.
The menu was equally whimsical. Based on the theme: "Love is sweet and a little savory" snacks included:
* My Heart "Beets" for You Hummus
* Shot of Love Shrimp
* Apple of My Eye Ravioli
* Be(ef) Tender to my Loins Bruchetta
* Making Whoopie Pies
* Cupid Cakes
My favorite of the bunch was the"Shot of Love Shrimp" inspired from a Bloody Mary. Here are the instructions!
Shot of Love Shrimp
* Ingredients *
1 lb cooked prawns
1/2 lb cherry tomatoes
1 14 oz can of tomato sauce
1 cup Absolut Pepper Vodka
3 tablespoons Tabasco
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
Coronichons (I love mini pickles!)
* Instructions *
1. Marinate shrimp and cherry tomatoes in next 5 ingredients overnight.
2. Alternate shrimp and tomatoes on skewers with celery, pepperoncinis and coronichons.
As an aside, the marathon is at long last finally a commitment. I am running the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in June. To help with the training I have joined, Team in In Training and raising money for cancer research. If you have a need for dessert or apps for your next shower, luncheon, dinner or party I would be happy to exchange any culinary skills for a donation. Fight cancer and eat well... I'd say it's a double win. :)