Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Vittles

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is here ; ) Whether you've got a sweetheart or are spending the day with other happily single folk, make it fun and enjoy yourself! I've got some eco friendly, fun and healthy ideas to make this Valentine's Day the best one yet!

  • If you're single, hit a bar with friends or rent a funny or scary movie and order in. Either place will assuredly not have many couples gazing into each others eyes ruining your good time!
  • If you have a honey, make a romantic, organically candle lit dinner at home. It's cheaper, less stress of finding a reservation at the right place, and perfectly private - ooh lala! I've got some couple-tastic recipes to try below. Be sure to check them out!
  • Make your own cards or support a local artist who hand makes cards from recycled materials. Also shop online at spots like Tiny Prints.
  • Buy and give a locally, organic grown plant. Your loved one will be able to enjoy it a lot longer then expensive flowers that will wilt as soon as the clock strikes midnight on the 15th ; )
  • Give organic, vegan or fair trade chocolates like the ones you can find at Rose City Chocolates or Chocolate Decadence.
  • Fair trade, recycled or vintage jewelry and handmade gifts are a hit for any occasion!
  • Wear sexy and cute organic, or hemp lingerie. You can find nice but naughty nothings s well as boudoir buddies at places like the Sensual Vegan.
And try some of these finger lickin' dishes:

Roasted Artichoke with Garlic Aioli
  • 1 large artichoke
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • Half head of garlic (roasted in tin foil with olive oil, salt and pepper for 30-40 minutes)

In a medium sized pot, place artichoke in water and bring water to a boil. Cover, reduce heat slightle and allow to steam for 15 minutes. Remove artichoke from pot, place in baking pan and drizzle with olive oil, garlic and salt. Bake artichoke in 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, until soft. Meanwhile, blend together mayonnaise and the roasted garlic until well mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. When artichoke is done cooking, allow to cool slightly. To eat, pull leaves from the artichoke, dip in chipotle sauce and enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Fondue
  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips or dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tbsp soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua or other flavored liqueur

Melt vegan margerine, chocolate and soy milk together in saucepan. Once melted, remove from heat, add the rest of the ingredients, combine well and transfer to fondue pot to keep warm. Serve with fresh fruit, pound cake, or sweet bread.

Have a super sweet Valentine's Day!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love these reciepes! Even my carniverous man will appreciate them!! Thanks and Happy Valentines day to you and your sweety!! xoxo