Mr Perfect Day and I have never really been big observers of Valentine’s Day. We don’t go for the sentimental cards or the overpriced bouquets. Being the foodies that we are however, we do usually cook something special and have a nice romantic dinner at home. This year, however, I wanted to make it a little more special since R (3.5) is now at an age where he really enjoys special days like this and I love any excuse to celebrate, craft, create or go to town with our meals. So this year, I planned an entire day of heart themed meals. You know what they say though, about the best laid plans……
It all began with this idea which I found on Pinterest. I thought it looked simple enough. Minimal effort for maximum impact. Two batches of pancakes, one coloured pink, one left plain. A heart shaped cookie cutter, and voila! Easy peasy, right? Well, yes, unless you are me whose pancakes inevitably turn into rubber or charcoal. This morning it was charcoal. Now, I am an advocate of adding one’s own stamp on a creative dish but somehow black heart shaped pancakes didn’t quite measure up to the Valentine’s breakfast spectacular that I’d envisaged. Enter Mr.Perfect Day. Chef extraordinaire. Between assuring me that I wasn’t a failure for not being able to provide my family with a traditional pancake breakfast, he tossed my batter in the trash, and started over from scratch. He cooked the pancakes while I was in charge of cutting and assembly. A perfect team effort. And isn’t that what Valentine’s is all about?
Lunch went more smoothly with some heart shaped chicken quesadillas and watermelon, also cut into heart shapes, naturally. I found the inspiration for the quesadillas at this post from Super Organised Mum.
I kept the quesadillas pretty simple as R is going through a very fussy eating phase. There are a tonne of quesadilla recipes online, but I just made this recipe up to keep it nice and simple. These were so delicious, we all went back for seconds and R gobbled his up. A proud Mama moment since he has been turning his nose up at almost everything we put in front of him lately. These would also be delicious served with some salsa, sour cream and a green salad.
No Fuss Chicken Quesadillas (serves 4)
You will need:
1/2 Barbequed Chicken
Fajita seasoning mix
Corn kernels (frozen, tinned or freshly cooked)
Cheese (I used provalone but any melty cheese would work well)
1. Add the barbecued chicken to a fry-pan set to medium heat.
2. Sprinkle some Fajita seasoning over the chicken (I used about a third of the packet) and a little water to make a paste.
3. Fry until the chicken is warmed and coated in the seasoning mixture and the sauce has thickened a little.
4. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut the torilla wraps into an even number of heart shapes.
5. Butter one side of each heart shaped tortilla.
6. On the NON-BUTTERED side, spread some avacado,then add some chicken, top with the corn kernels, then the cheese. Finally, top with another heart shaped tortilla, buttered side up.
7. Cook in a sandwich press until the tortillas are golden and crispy.
We ended our heart filled food day with heart shaped pizza, again made by the fabulous Mr. Perfect Day. He even arranged the salami into a heart shape! He made my day today. x