I love food and Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to share the love of food with the one you love.
I have teamed up with OXO Good Grips to create a lovely three course meal.
Yes I made heart shaped meatballs. Any excuse to make things into hearts with me.
To make this Valentine’s Day dinner I had the OXO Good Grips chopper, salad dressing shaker and egg separator. They were brilliant products and I would absolutely recommend these to other cooks who love fun kitchens gadgets.
For the starter I went for something very simple. Salad with pepper, tomatoes, red onion and served with homemade olive bread. I used the gorgeous salad dressing shaker to make the dressing. I loved that I was able to use it and make it a few hours before and pop it in the fridge. The bottle has a lovely lever which brilliantly keeps the mix air tight and perfect for keeping in the fridge for a few days. It also helps when making the dressing as you can give it a good shake without it going everywhere. I like that it has ml measures on the side so you can make the dressing inside and it’s the right amounts and ready to go.
Salad dressing recipe
– 60ml olive oil
– 20ml balsamic vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of sugar
– half a teaspoon of mild/medium mustard
Put all the ingredients in the bottle and give it a good shake.
Have a little taste to see if’s right for you. I like a more vinegary dressing so I usually add a splash more of vinegar.
Serve when you need it. It will last in the fridge for a few days.
Perfect to make a few hours before you need it.
The Main Meal
For the main part of the romantic meal I went for meatballs. I have to admit I was inspired by Lady and the Tramp for this. I decided to put my own Valentine’s Day spin on it though.
The wonderful chopper in action! It’s so pleasant to use. The results are stunning. I love how safe it is with it’s easily removable pot you can cut into it. It also comes apart very easily for washing. Of course the blades are sharp so please be careful.
I used the chopper to cut the onion. It worked so well and for once the meatballs looked neater. It’s nice not having a huge bit of onion sticking out! My meatball recipe is here www.sewwhite.com/baking/love-your-freezer-meatballs/
To make the hearts I rolled the mix into a ball. Then squashed it flat a bit. I then cut into the meatball just shy of half way down. I then finished shaping the heart. It was so quick and I think they looked adorable. You can see the 4 stages of meatball to heart in the photo below. I made a lot so I could freeze some!
The meatballs were so cute on a pasta sauce.
– 1 onion chopped up with the chopper so it’s nice and fine
– 2 garlic cloves chopped up too
– Fresh chilli to taste
– 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
– 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
– salt and pepper
– Soften the onions, chilli and garlic in a pan with a little oil on a medium heat.
– Add the tomato puree and mix in.
– Add the tins of tomatoes and season.
– Bring to a boil and then simmer until the meatballs and spaghetti are cooked.
– Normally I would put the meatballs into the sauce but as they are so cute and I wanted to show them off so I presented them on top.
I am a pudding person. I have a sweet tooth and I can whip one up so easily so I was looking forward to this part of the meal.
For a romantic pudding I went for chocolate mousse. Chocolate is always a winner. Plus putting the mousse into a nice cup to share is rather nice.
For the mousse I used the egg separator. I am terrible at separating eggs. I end up with so much shell in the mix and it drives me nuts. I’ve even deliberately not done a recipe which asked for egg whites I didn’t want the stress. The egg separator has two size clamp pieces on the back for a thin bowl or mug and a bigger mixing bowl. I love that thought of this. I really like it sits on the side of the bowl. This little gadget which is so small and light and I have to admit I did have my doubts. To my happiness and my surprise it worked incredibly well. After the making mousse I’ve made loads of meringues just so I can separate more eggs.
– 240g dark chocolate
– 30g unsalted butter
– 3 large eggs separated
– 150ml double cream
– Cocoa powder to serve (optional)
– Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
– Take off the heat and add the butter and allow to cool slightly.
– Mix in the egg yolks.
– In a new bowl lightly whip the double cream until it just starts to thicken.
– In a clean bowl using an electric mixer whisk up the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
– Fold into the chocolate and then add the double cream.
– Divide into the bowls or glasses and place in the fridge for at least an hour until set.
– Sprinkle with cocoa powder to serve.
Enjoy the chocolatey goodness.
All these items are so useful and brilliant kitchen gadgets to have in your home.
You can get them all plus so many more wonderful things at
Happy Valentine’s Day!