Made with Love: International Valentine’s Recipes for a Full Day of Celebration

valentines foodFancy plans in the evening are often the focus of Valentine’s Day and everyone knows that a special dinner is coming. You can change things in a romantic way by surprising your significant other with food, starting the celebration of love early as they wake up and continuing throughout the day! Here are three exotic recipes for a sweet breakfast and/or savory lunch to share the love all day long.

Malawi Sunrise Sweet Potato Biscuits

This is a perfect sweet treat for a simple but thoughtful Valentine’s Day breakfast, easy to bake and provides a delectable start to the day.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup baked, mashed sweet potato
  • Pinch of ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup  flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375°F and roast your sweet potatoes until soft (be sure to cut them with a knife so they don’t burst). This can take up to an hour depending on the size of your sweet potato. Then peel or mash your potatoes. You may want to do this the night before so your morning routine is quicker. Reduce the oven heat to 350°F.

While the sweet potatoes are still very hot, add 3/4 cup of them to a bowl with the cubed butter to melt. If sweet potatoes are cold melt the butter then combine. Next add in the milk, ginger, and salt.

Mix the sweet potato mixture with the flour and baking soda on a heavily floured board. Press the dough flat to about an inch thick (With heavily floured hands). Use a cookie cutter dipped in flower (heart shaped for the occasion) to create your biscuit shapes. Lay the biscuits two inches apart, on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden.

Share these fresh baked biscuits with your sweetheart and enjoy!

Moroccan Semolina Soup with Milk, Anise Seeds and Honey

This soup perfectly blends sweet and savory elements for a wonderful Valentine’s Day meal. It can be served for breakfast or lunch, and is simple and quick to make. It is often served with honey but is delicious all by itself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter of water
  • 3/4 cup (approx. 130 g) coarse semolina
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 3 cups (750 ml) milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp anise seeds, or more to taste
  • Honey

Directions:

Bring water to a boil and stir in the semolina and salt. Simmer gently while stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes, until the semolina is tender and the mixture is thick. Remove and stir in the milk, butter and anise seeds. Bring back to a simmer, and cook for five to 10 minutes longer, or until the soup reaches a consistency you like.

You can serve warm with honey on the side or sweeten the soup with the honey added in. Now take pleasure in the warm loving feelings this will evoke as you share it with your loved one!

Bolivian Avocado and Tomato Salad

This flavorful recipe will give you a perfect light lunch for the day or an easily paired side salad that only takes minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados, halved and pitted
  • Minced red onion
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Chop your onion finely and your tomatoes into slightly larger chunks, combining in a bowl with minced parsley. Add olive oil, vinegar, then salt and pepper to preferred taste. Slice avocado in half and serve in a “boat” with salsa on top or cube avocado, tossing together. A nice refreshing dish to brighten up any meal on this special day!

Now that you have some recipe options for your entire Valentine’s Day, take your pick and start preparing for a wonderful day and evening! For many of these ingredients, visit International Food Club’s shop online or in person.

Sunrise Biscuits from Global Table Adventure

Semolina Soup from About.com

Avocado and Tomato Salad from Global Table Adventure

Photo by: xyllehollite

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