Common misconception: treating your lady friend to a memorable Valentine’s Day meal requires either a lot of money, or major kitchen prowess.
Reality: a great Valentine’s Day meal just requires this invaluable document, the ability to read and the capacity to love. Although, only two of the three are actually necessary.
We teamed up with Lonsdale Quay restaurant The District Brasserie to give you two – yes, two! – options for impressing your date this year. And as everyone knows, the way to a women’s heart is through her…brain, and that relies on nourisment from food. So there you go.
Preparing dinner is the sexiest, and conveniently, most cost effective, gesture a man can make on Valentines’.
With this in mind, we asked professional Chef Mon-Kau of The District Brasserie to lay out a recipe most men could grasp. It may not be as easy as making Kraft dinner, but it’s not nearly as complex a process as you’ll hopefully be asked to figure out later in the evening. Hint: for both activities, success hinges on not boiling over too quickly.
SORT OF OSSO BUCCO, by Chef Mon-Kau, The District Brassiere
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 dry bay leaf
- 2 whole cloves
- 3 beef shanks trimmed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- All purpose flour, for dredging
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3?4 cup cocktail oniond
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1?2 cup ketchup
- 1 cup white wine ( or light beer )
- 3 cups beef stock
- 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 1?2 cup cornstarch
First, prepare the shanks: pat them dry with a paper towel, season with salt and pepper and then dredge in flour. Melt butter in a fry pan. Place shanks in butter and brown (about 2-3 minutes per side.) Remove from pan.
In the same pan, add the onion, ketchup and carrot. Sauté until soft and slightly browned (about 8 minutes.) In a slow cooker, place the shanks, mustard, vegetables, herbs, wine and stock (your slow cooker might not hold this much stock – use all the booze first, and top up with stock).
Allow to cook on low for 6-7 hours, then turn on high for an hour or until the meat falls apart. Add cornstarch to remaining beef stock and add to sauce. Allow to thicken.
Serve over your favorite pasta or gnocchi. Finish with the parsley, pine nuts, parmesan or balsamic glaze. Voila, you’re done.
We’re sure this recipe will lead to a night so romantic you’ll have to name your first born child Osso or Buccu.
There’s no shame in admitting that pros know best – even when you are absolutely positive they should have just run the damn ball in.
If you’re looking for a special place to bring your date without breaking the bank, The District Brasserie has some great specials.
From Sunday, February 8 to Thursday, February 12, guests can enter to win nightly prizes simply by tweeting selfies with a provided saucy prop to @districtsocial with #SinglesAwarenessWeek.
With $2 off Belgian beers, cocktails and martinis, $50 gift cards up for grabs and a welcoming atmosphere for all, The District Brasserie is the place to be for couples and singles all week long.
Check them out at http://www.eatatdistrict.com/
Or just go visit them at 13 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.