Saint Valentine Red Recipe Round-up

Find inspiration with this romantic Saint Valentine recipe round-up to prepare a delicious and intimate evening at home with your loved one.

Here is my Saint Valentine recipe for success: both should leave work earlier than usual if are working (if not you have all day), and each can get 1 nice red wine bottles on the way home. Get home, change, relax, put something sexy on and have a glass of wine together. Then spend the early evening cooking a red meal together. Have more wine! Enjoy dinner together! Unless a recipe may suffer from it, romantic escapades during the meal prep are welcomed :-)

Saint Valentine recipe round-up

And to get your started here is a nice selection of CulturEatz recipes from around the world with a focus on love, hearts and the color red, perfect for Saint Valentine :

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Olivier Piffaudat: a chocolatier like no other!

The chocolatier Olivier Piffaudat is breaking the conventional chocolate mold with with his black garlic chocolate for Saint Valentine’s Day.

Have you ever heard the proverb “Birds of a feather flock together”? When I take a look around at my friends, I realize I truly live by this proverb. Most of my friends are not afraid of the weird, the unknow, the exotic. And one friend who truly brings this to mind is Olivier Piffaudat, a passionate chocolatier who really knows how to think outside the box. Or should I say outside the chocolate shell in his case.

chocolate display

When it comes to creating his flavors, he is a mad genius. You can count on one hand the more traditional flavors in his store. All the rest are very unusual. And I love how Olivier groups them: fruits, vegetables and cocktails. One chocolate is making its debut too, a very special one for Saint-Valentine’s day…one made with black garlic!

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Salara, a Guyanese Coconut Roll

I am in love with this Guyanese sweet delicacy! The Salara is a soft rolled bread with a fragrant cinnamon coconut filling that is tinted red.

#twelveloaves is a great group where we bake a bread with the addition of the monthly theme, flavor or ingredient. I am pretty sure you will have a general guess as to what February inspired as a theme: red of course, for the month of Saint Valentine. We were given lots of suggestions but I wanted something really original. I was thrilled to come across this exotic Guyanese Coconut Roll recipe called Salara.

Salara Coconut Roll

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Labrador Tea and Survey Winner

Labrador tea, named after the swamps of Labrador where it loves to grow, was the herbal drink of choice by the indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of North America.

Here is a sneak peak at one of the most popular requests from the survey I published a couple of weeks ago. You, my readers, love to learn about unusual ingredients! I used to do posts with unusual ingredients a lot more and I really loved those post. Not sure why I put them aside but let’s bring them back. And the first unusual ingredient to bring back this series is the Labrador Tea.

Just to put some minds at ease, no dog is involved in the process of making Labrador Tea :-) , rather the name comes from the Labrador region, one of the few places on earth where this plant grows. And I just so happened to have this tea in my pantry!

Labrador Tea with leaves

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Raspberry Coconut Protein Bars

Did you know you can make protein bars at home for a fraction of the cost of store bought ones? These Raspberry Coconut Protein Bars are healthy and a fun energy snack.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Amy of Amy’s Cooking Adventures, who suggested a fun chick flick, Failure to Launch, for which I made Raspberry Coconut Protein Bars !

Fill out the CulturEatz survey TODAY. All infos are at the end of this post! There are just a few spots left free before the contests closes. Enter the giveaway :-)

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Survey Prize Contest! Giving you what you want!

Want to win a unique food prize? Enter the CulturEatz Survey Prize Contest automatically by filling out a short and sweet survey!

I have been pestering telling you about all kinds of news and changes on CulturEatz lately with the ongoing rebrand. Well now it is YOUR TURN to tell me something with this survey prize contest!

I have set up a very short & sweet survey because I want to know what you think! Tell me what you like, dislike, what you want to see more of, and tell me your deepest darkest secrets. OK you can skip that last one 😉

cultureatz Survey Prize Contest

UPDATE: We have received the 100 filled surveys early, the contest is closed as of Jan 27th 2016 11:59pm

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Vanillekipferl, an Austrian Cookie

Although mostly associated with Christmas, you can enjoy these delicate crescent shaped Austrian Vanillekipferl cookies year round.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. For the month of January we did things a little different: we were asked to choose a traditional cookie from our culture. I made Austrian Vanillekipferl cookies, in honor of a big part of my cultural background but mostly in honor of my Austrian dad who is currently recovering from a successful heart surgery.

Austrian Vanillekipferl vanilla powder sugar

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