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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

everyday is a special day especially today


Today is really no different than yesterday, sure yesterday was Valentines day but if you are doing it right everyday is Valentines day. Mae West said "you only live once but once is all you need if you're doing it right" or something like that - I may not have the exact quote but I definitely have the sentiment. Lets use this flourless chocolate cake as an example.

Okay this dessert might look all frou frou but its really quite simple. Whip some egg whites, add some sugar and some cocoa powder and bake at 400 until its set in the middle. Let cool, cut out shapes with a ring mold and arrange on a plate with whipped cream and fresh berries. Its rich, its satisfying and it comes together in minutes. I used raspberries and what I call Mexican whipped cream which is chocolate whipped cream with cinnamon.

What could be more simple than chicken? Spatchcock a chicken and rub it with a compound butter of lemon zest and oregano and bake in a 400 degree oven until golden brown.

Rice some potatoes, I used yukon gold and sweet potatoes and forced them through the ricer, I also fried up some little shoestring potatoes to use as a garnish.

Make a glaze out of the pan juices and a little corn starch and some lemon juice and honey and drizzle this over each plate. Everyday is a special day and its easy if you just pay attention to the little details.

25 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Gosh, Christo, that flourless chocolate gateau looks so gorgeous. You are a natural talent!

Ann said...

Wonderful dishes. I love the sentiment.

Vickie said...

Yum, you do Mae West proud with these dishes! I'm a fiend for roast chicken with riced potatoes - but three kinds of potatoes? You're killin me!

Marjie said...

The compound butter with lemon zest and rosemary is also wonderful. My food is never as pretty as yours, but just like you I try to make it the best possible. what better way is there to make everyone happy?

briarrose said...

Oh my...it all looks so good. A wonderful way to say you care. :)

teresa said...

i actually just learned what the word spatchcock meant today while watching jamie oliver's show.

love them both, but i especially want to dig into that chicken, amazing!

Pavithra said...

Wow awesome and the flourless chocolate gateau fabulous.

5 Star Foodie said...

Every day would be a special day with yummy dishes like this :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

you just have to have those butter-rosemary chicken!....

everything's fab!

Raw said...

Your right every day should be a special day. So everyone deserve some sweets and a delicious food!

TavoLini said...

Riced potatoes? Nice :)

That cake looks top notch--do you just mix chocolate with whipping cream?

Barbara said...

What a gorgeous meal! That lovely leaning tower of a dessert to the riced potatoes. You sure know how to make a girl drool!

FOODalogue said...

Love your comment about every day is special if you pay attention to details! Clearly you paid attention to the details with this meal...it's beautiful.

Joanne said...

Yeah it's the details...like the lemon and honey drizzle (swoon) that would make this dish for me. Mexican whipped cream also never hurts.

Mexico in my kitchen said...

It does looks fru fru, and then you start describing it as very easy to do. :)

I always love how you plate your food. It is quite an art.

LaDivaCucina said...

MMMMM....it all looks sooo good! I'm glad you had a good Valentine's Day! And your last post with the eggs and salmon. DA-YUM! I'll take the eggs and dessert!

theUngourmet said...

It all looks excellent! I really love the way you did your potatoes. I really need to invest in a ricer!

Mickle in NZ said...

I'm remembering that compond butter mix for tomorrow roasted half-chicken. I even have a rosemary plant outside to raid however, I'm still a sucker for roasted potatoes.

starrlife said...

Spatchcock? Christo I just love the joy in your recent posts. All is well no?

mybizzykitchen.com said...

First of all, thanks for your kind comment about my husbands hospital stay - I really appreciate it!

And that chicken is stunning! My husband is going to be on a low fiber diet when he gets home and that fits the bill! :D

Chow and Chatter said...

lovely meal as ever

nutmegnanny said...

You make such beautiful (and I'm sure delicious) looking food. I spend a lot of time in Inwood...are you anywhere near there? If so I might have to come steal a bite or too...hahahaha :)

agrigirl said...

Amazing photos and I am not a big dessert person but flourless always sucks me in! Please explain what Spatchcock means.

Rachel said...

That chicken looks so delicous and sounds so easy!

Jamie said...

Oooh there is some very lucky woman in your life! This is sme fabulous V Day meal. And I so agree with Mae!

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