I don’t believe in Valentines Day. If you love someone, you should show it to them all year round and not just on the 14th of February, innit? But any occasion is good for having chocolate.
I followed Jamie Oliver’s brownie recipe. He is the God of cooking. I worship the man. It’s a bloomin’ brilliant brownies recipe you can find on his website. My version is with pistachios, dried cherries and demerara sugar.
I also promised Kamil that I’d put up a recipe for chocolate ganache. It couldn’t be simpler – you basically melt a bar of dark chocolate with 50-70 ml of cream and a knob of butter on a low heat. I also add a splash of alcohol (brandy or sweet wine if someone gives it to me – I would never drink sweet wine, yuk).
Jamie Oliver adds to his ganache some clementine zest, I prefer orange though. Then you mix everything, put it into shot or espresso glasses and voila!
Just to set the record straight – Kamil is not the flatmate described in the ‘creamy mushroom pasta’ post. He is the other one, the one who cooked and baked with me, the one my boyfriend and I enjoyed brilliant themed parties and film marathons with.
Happy Valentines Day!