The key to a perfect Valentine's Day is to show your loved one just how much they mean to you
TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Nothing says romance like a man who can
cook! Cooking at home is a cost effective and interactive option.
Forget crowded restaurants, impossible reservations, slow service and
overpriced champagne -- This year, impress your loved one with a
gourmet dinner at home.
Remember food can be a natural aphrodisiac and what better way to spice
up your Valentine's Day evening than with an intimate dinner for two.
Celebrate the one you love with Savoury Moroccan Lamb Shanks. Don't let
this meal intimidate you. With the right tools and simple recipe,
you'll be a gourmet chef in no time.
Slow cookers should be a man's best friend. With Valentine's Day landing
on a Tuesday this year, a slow cooker will let you prepare the meal in
the morning and come home to the delicious aroma of a finished dish.
The Breville Slow Cooker with Easy Sear will ensure your Savoury Moroccan Lamb Shanks dish is rich with
flavours and that the meat melts in your mouth. The mixture of
cinnamon, cardamom and cloves will make your lover blush.
Savoury Moroccan Lamb Shanks
6 lamb shanks
2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
3 tablespoons grape seed oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 carrots, chopped
1 celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, whole
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 bottle Merlot wine
1 litre of stock: chicken, beef, or vegetable
The night before:
In a small bowl, combine the ground pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander,
cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom. Rub this mixture onto each lamb
shank. Place in a glass rectangle pan, cover with plastic wrap and
refrigerate overnight, or at least 12 hours (it is worth the wait).
Remove the shanks from the refrigerator, and sprinkle salt to taste.
In the morning:
Place the Breville EasySear Insert onto the stove top and turn the heat
to medium. Add enough grape seed oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
Sear each lamb shank until a rich dark golden colour is achieved.
Remove the shanks from the EasySear Insert and set aside. Add the
carrots, celery, and onion. Sauté until golden (about 8 minutes). Add
the garlic and tomato paste and cook for another 5 minutes. Deglaze the
pan with the entire bottle of red wine. Allow the mixture to come to a
boil. Return the lamb shanks into the EasySear Insert and add enough
broth to barely cover the shanks. Add the bay leaf and thyme. Turn off
the stove, and using oven mitts, place the EasySear Insert into the
Breville Slow Cooker. If selecting Low, cook for 8 to 10 hours; If
selecting High, cook for 4 to 6 hours; if Selecting Dual cook for 6 to
Serve lamb over couscous, or buttery mashed potatoes.
After your romantic dinner, consider making a naughty beverage that can
be as sinful as desert. The Breville Milk Café will make any coffee base or hot drink simply lovely as it turns milk
or a combination of milk with Baileys into the most velvety drink
For information on essential kitchen products, visit www.breville.ca. For more recipe ideas, visit www.foodthinkers.com.
Founded in 1932 in Sydney, Australia Breville has grown to become an
iconic Australian brand and now delivers kitchen products to over 30
countries around the globe.
Breville designs and engineers small kitchen countertop appliances to
deliver commercial quality performance that look great and are easy to
use. Breville is passionate about listening to what obstacles the home
chef encounters and creating a simple solution. Breville's Mission is
to design the best kitchen tools in the world. Additional information
can be found at www.breville.ca.
SOURCE Breville Group Ltd.
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Breville Public Relations
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