Recipes: Don’t leave chocolate to the end for Valentine’s Day — infuse the meal
A box of chocolates? A slice of chocolate cake? So very been-there-done-that.
This Valentine’s Day, up the ante with your expression of love via chocolate. Rather than simply end the meal with a sweet hit of cocoa, why not use it as the inspiration for the entire menu? Start with slices of soft goat cheese sprinkled with a blend of unsweetened cocoa powder and chili powder, then topped with a Peppadew pepper.
Then move on to our flank steak rubbed with ground cocoa nibs, coffee and pumpkin seeds. Accompany that with a warm, soft polenta spiked with chopped dates and cocoa butter. Then finish the meal with a simple chocolate tart, chocolate martinis, or a plate of dates and figs to dunk in a pot of hot fudge sauce.