Valentine’s Day meal
Here’s my meal for one on Valentine’s Day that’s not of chocolate, heart and bright sparkling scenery or flowers. It can be creative experiment and explore your food for your soul.
Something that you really love to eat and most of the ingredients are at hand reached. Pampering myself eating this comfort delicious meal with great love effort and knowing that I am loved by my family and friends who had have encouraged me to be confidence in my cooking.
My desire to live my life to the fullest; happy to have mastered my home cook meal; to plate up and sharing with love joy peace and my effort to publish it will be indulgent not only for Valentine’s Day but for any day and for everyone.
I am falling in love with my home cook meal for one. Thus I have also made one for my family too. So everyone can enjoy eating with love laughter and had a satisfied stomach and smile. Family size picture below.
To make puff pastry (rough)
250 g plain flour
1 Tsp salt
250 g butter, at room temperature, but not soft
about 150 ml cold water
1 egg and a bit of milk to brush pastry
To make chicken and chickpeas
4 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 eschallots, 1 finely chopped, 1 left whole, skin removed and bashed with the back of your hand
2 Tbs finely chopped coriander stalks (use the tender middle bit, closer to the leaves)
1 red long chilli, finely chopped (optional)
150 ml white wine
2 chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
200 g diced bacon
1 green capsicum, membrane and seeds removed, cut into small strip pieces
2 L chicken stock
8 Tbs Providore Leggo’s brand: parmesan, emmental, mascarpone & Roquefort sauce
350 g macaroni pasta
salt and pepper
400 g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Tbs roughly chopped coriander
Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Cut the butter into cubes, add them to the bowl and rub them in loosely. You need to see bits of butter. Make a well in the bowl and pour in about two-thirds of the cold water, mixing until you have a firm rough dough adding extra water if needed. Cover with cling wrap and leave to rest for 30 mins in the fridge.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board, knead gently and form into a smooth rectangle. Roll the dough in one direction only, until 3 times the width, about 20 x 50 cm. Keep edges straight and even. Don’t overwork the butter, you should have a marbled effect.
Fold the top third down to the center, then the bottom third up and over that. Give the dough a quarter turn (to the left or right) and roll out again to three times the length. Fold as before, cover with cling wrap and chill for at least 30 mins before rolling to use.
Preheat oven 180 degree C. Fill your kettle with water and turn it on to boil. Heat the olive oil in a large deep frying pan (with a lid) over low–medium heat, add both cloves of eschallot, the coriander stalks and chilli (if using) and cook for 1 minute or until the eschallot starts to turn golden. Pour in the wine, then increase the heat to medium–high to cook out the alcohol for 1–2 minutes.
Add the chicken pieces and diced bacon, cover with a fitted lid and steam for 5-7 minutes until chicken meat turn white and cooked, remove them with a slotted spoon to avoid over cooking them. Set aside.
Add the pasta to the pan, season it with a pinch of salt, pour the consomme and then pour in enough water from the kettle to cover it. Boil the pasta for 10 minutes, then add the chickpeas and more water so the pasta is fully covered and cook, stirring regularly, add in the capsicum for a further 5-7 minutes or until perfectly al dente.Take out the dough from fridge.
While the pasta is cooking, dust the table with flour; roll the dough out not too thin. Then use biscuit cutter or any shapes cutter, cut the dough into your choice shapes. Put them in a plate, cover with wet cloth and back into fridge until ready to use.
When the pasta is cooked, turn off the heat and return the chicken, bacon and any juices they have released to the pan. Season to taste, then stir in remaining coriander and spoon it into a baking dish and scatters the Providore Leggo’s brand sauce. Then place your cut up shapes pastry on top and brush with a bit of egg and milk to make pastry shine and glossy. Bake it for 15-20 minutes until pastry cooked through light golden brown. Serve with salads.
Note: You can make 6 individual servings instead of a large, if you are doing one like I do; before putting in oven spoon it on to individual baking pie dish and place the pastry on top, brush with a bit of egg and milk before putting into oven. You can buy the rough pastry if you don’t want to made it. You may just use normal puff pastry.