Not everything we eat today will be in the shape of a Valentine, but we've got a few gastro-cardio items on the menu.
To start, I've made a coeur à la crème. Yes, to start. Ordinarily coeur à la crème is made from sweetened cream cheese packed into a heart-shaped mold, and drizzled with raspberries or strawberries. Well I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I do have a heart-shaped mold (with the little perforations in the bottom). So I blended some Point Reyes Farmstead Blue Cheese with a little Cowgirl Creamery crème fraîche. In order to ratchet up the flavor, I briefly heated some fresh sage and bay leaves in the crème fraîche first, and let it cool. The drizzle will be made from red beets. Cranky is baking crackers today (his first try), although we will not be using a heart-shaped cracker cutter. No.
Our next hearty nibble will be steak tartare, shaped into a heart (ohgod, how tedious), and probably served with more of those crackers. Maybe decorated with a cute little arrow made from capers.
Then we'll move on to this pie-cake thingie from Emporio Rulli. I believe it's filled with hazelnuts and cream, and possibly chocolate too.
I've been told there are also more oysters in the fridge. For dessert. That's just the way I am.