To quotate my favourite film:
‘-Sometimes I’m thinking, is love actually possible in life? Does it actually exists?
-Yes, love. Is it actually possible to happen?
– Well, they show love quite often on TV…Like some people are in love or talk…
– Yes, I’m thinking in real life it’s actually not possible…’
Don’t try to remember which film is it from. If you are not Polish, you wouldn’t know. You can see the clip here though.
I don’t have a single romantic bone in my body. I was lucky to be brought up during communism where people didn’t believe in frills like that. Parents also didn’t hug you or told you they loved you (hold on, surely not just my parents??)…
And Valentine’s Day…what is it all about that on one day you have to go over the top, roses are overpriced and you have only the right to celebrate it if you are in a relationship.
I say, it should be an occasion for single people to party wild and celebrate being with someone who understands them the most – themselves.
So, although I’m not a romantic, I love parties and gatherings of people I like, or love even…
And for that reason only, this year I’m baking and cooking for them.
Asparagus and pea risotto
The recipe for tiramisu you can find in dessert section in this blog, the only difference this time was that I made individual tiramisu for everyone.
The recipe for chocolate cheescake was adapted from Cook Vegetarian.
For the base:
175g digestive biscuits
1 tbsp muscovado sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
75g butter melted
For the filling:
100g dark chocolate
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp dark rum (I use honey vodka)
3 medium free-range eggs
40g moscovado sugar
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
250g vegetarian mascarpone cheese
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Crush the biscuits, sugar and cocoa powder in a food processor. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into the bottom of spring-form cake tin. Set aside.
2.To make the filling, place chocolate, butter, cocoa powder and rum into a bowl set over simmering water until everything has melted together and is smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
3. Meanwhile beat the eggs and sugar until smooth and brown. It might take 10 minutes.
4. Add the flour, vanilla and mascarpone and whisk briefly until incorporated. Add the chocolate mixture and blend to combine. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 40- 45 minutes. Cool and serve with raspberries.
Happy Valentine’s Day all single people!