Valentine’s Day Breakfast for Two | Pika Chakula

Valentine’s Day Breakfast for Two

2013-02-05

Romantic breakfast for two for your Valentine.

Pomegranate-Ginger Sparklers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely minced peeled ginger
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) cava or other dry sparkling wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon pomegranate molasses

Method:

Combine the sugar, 1 cup water and the ginger in a saucepan over medium-low heat; allow to come to a gentle simmer, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Remove from the heat and let the ginger syrup cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup and discard the ginger.

Pop open the bubbly and grab a couple of champagne flutes. Divide the pomegranate molasses between the flutes, then add about 2 tablespoons of the ginger syrup to each. Top with the bubbly. Clink glasses and enjoy! (Store the remaining ginger syrup in the fridge. You can drizzle it into seltzer the rest of the week.)

Chocolate Chip-Date French Toast

Ingredients:

For the French toast:

  • 6 large egg yolks (save the whites for your ultra-healthy breakfast tomorrow!)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Kosher salt
  • Unsalted butter, for frying
  • 1 small loaf bread, sliced 1 inch thick
  • Small handful of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 dates, pitted and chopped

For the syrup:

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon

Method:

Make the French toast: Whisk the egg yolks, milk, vanilla, orange juice and zest, brown sugar, cinnamon, garam masala and a pinch of salt in a large glass baking dish.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Put a wire rack on a baking sheet and place in the oven.

Set a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon butter. While the butter melts, prick a few holes on each side of a slice of bread with a fork. Lay it in the egg mixture and, using either a fork or your hands, push the bread into the egg mixture so the bread loosens up a little and soaks up the liquid. Flip and repeat.

Using a slotted spatula or tongs, pick up the bread, allowing the excess egg mixture to drip off, and lay it in the hot pan. As the first side is cooking, 2 to 3 minutes, push chocolate chips and chopped dates into the soft, uncooked side of the bread. Be assertive! Then flip and cook 2 to 3 more minutes. Remove and set on the rack in the oven to stay warm. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread, adding more butter to the pan if needed.

Meanwhile, make the syrup: Combine the maple syrup and bourbon. Warm it in the microwave, if you want. (You can make the syrup the night before; store in a jar in the fridge, then warm before serving.)

Strawberry Salad With Balsamic-Cardamom Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • Miniscule pinch of ground cardamom (It’s strong stuff!)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 1 large sprig mint, leaves roughly torn

Method:

Whisk the balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, cardamom, a pinch of salt and a few generous grinds of pepper in a medium bowl.

Tumble in the strawberries and blackberries, sprinkle the mint over them and gently toss, being careful not to bruise the berries. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your palate

 

 

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  1. posted by altair on Feb 5, 2013

    It would be in a small town, want it to be a “cool” place for teens to hang out, cool decor, unique menu items and creative ways to make pizza and ice cream. Any ideas would be appreciated… thanks!

  2. posted by Jon P on Feb 5, 2013

    Okay, so me & my boyfriend have decided to make things for each other for Valentine’s day to save money and I was going to decorate a glass jar with glass paint and write our names on the label and things (like an old fashioned jar with the fabric top and stuff). I was also going to make some sweets to put in the jar and wrap them up and write I love you on each of them in different languages.
    But I don’t know how I’m going to get a jar and it’s probably going to be too small to fit loads of wrapped sweets in and I don’t know how i’m going to make the sweets.
    Any help?

  3. posted by Harry on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m planning a movie marathon with some friends. Does anyone have any movie suggestions?

  4. posted by veemodz on Feb 5, 2013

    We have been together 6 months on Febuary 5TH

  5. posted by Hotshot t on Feb 5, 2013

    i am going to the Philippines and i will spend Valentine’s day in manila, any suggestions on what to do and where to take my fiance?
    I forgot to mention that i am arriving to the Philippines on Sat the 13th. staying in a 5 star hotel in manila and flying to Palawan on the Monday the 15th.

  6. posted by Orbit on Feb 5, 2013

    I am 20 years old and in my first relationship. My boyfriend is 23 and has been absolutely worth waiting for. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I am absolutely clueless as to what I should do for him. We are both college students and on a limited budget, and we live in a town that is quite void of “natural beauty” (i.e. A beach for a moonlit picnic, a tranquil woodsy area, etc). I would really love to make our first Valentine’s Day together memorable- do you have any ideas as to activities (We have decided to not be physically intimate until marriage) or gifts? Also, his birthday is exactly a week after Valentine’s Day. Would it be “cheap” to give him one gift that is more costly for both rather than two smaller gifts? I would love to give him something sentimental/homemade, as well. What successes have you had in the past? What is your most memorable and romantic Birthday/Valentine’s Day memory? Any answer that you might be able to provide is so appreciated! Thank you so much!

  7. posted by Chris R on Feb 5, 2013

    I really love romance/ funny movies and I’m running out of good ones. I’ve seen the notebook, a walk to remember etc.
    Do you know any others please? :D Thankyouu

  8. posted by Balla on Feb 5, 2013

    So, it doesn’t have to be a classic, or have a deep storyline. And it can be a movie from any category.

  9. posted by josh12rox on Feb 5, 2013

    We’ve been dating for 5 months and he wants me to plan something for us to do on Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure what to do since I’ve never really had a date on Valentine’s Day but a break of our usual routine of movies, eating, and cuddling would be refreshing. All I really want to do on Valentine’s Day is to go roller/ice skating but he adamantly refused but whenever I ask him what he wants to do he says that I have to plan it.
    Honestly I don’t mind whether or not we celebrate Valentine’s Day and he said that he never really celebrated but maybe it’s time to break from our usual routine?

  10. posted by Con Orpe on Feb 5, 2013

    i seen a recipe of jamie oliver stating to use sherry vinegar for a tomatoe salad .. i can’t get any where i live so i was wondering if i can use balsamic vinegar instead?

  11. posted by Jeff on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m 23, he’s almost 22. We are both in college. We have been dating for over a year now, though we did break up in October and got back together the end of December. We broke up because he had completely shut down on me. It got to the point that I was the only one who ever tried to make plans to hang out, and he rejected me repeatedly. Finally I decided it was enough when he took me out for breakfast on my birthday but then neglected to contact me the rest of the day.

    It was he who begged ME to take him back. He said he wanted to work on his emotional unavailability, and I see that he has been making an effort to spend more time with me and open up. That being said, we are both very busy with our last semester of school, and our schedules are rather opposite. We will try to fit in an hour or two a day during the week, but sometimes we can go awhile without much contact. And if I do see him, it is after 10pm (he has late classes and frisbee four nights per week), always a night before one of us has to get up early.

    No part of me is upset that he’s busy with class or homework or anything like that, but I get really upset with him when he decides to go out with his friends on Friday night or Saturday without inviting me. Generally I get about one weekend night, but shouldn’t he be wanting to spend time with me if he hasn’t seen me much all week?

    For instance, this last week I saw him between classes on Monday for Valentine’s Day, and on Tuesday he cooked me dinner. I didn’t see him at all on Wednesday, and on Thursday, even though I was tired and wanted to go to bed at seven, I let him come over around 11pm. On Friday morning, I asked him if he had plans for the evening. He said no, so I asked if he wanted to do something, but then he told me that he wanted to make plans with other people. Do I have any right to be upset about that?

    When I asked him to explain why, he said that he hasn’t been seeing much of his friends lately because he’s been giving me a lot of his free time. And while I totally see that as a valid point, I’m also his girlfriend and want to spend time with him too. What’s worst is that I offered to go out with him and his friends on Friday, as he said they were probably just going to a campus party. But he didn’t seem interested in inviting me, and when I invited myself, he said he would text me late later that night if that’s what they ended up doing.

    Now I’m telling him that I need to be a part of his whole life, not just the girl he spends the crazy school-week with alone while he spends his homework-free nights with other people. He’s telling me that now he wants to see me even less during the week so that maybe he might invite me out more during the weekend. I don’t believe him, though, and he’s offended by that.

    Is this normal boyfriend/girlfriend behavior, or is this just hopeless?

  12. posted by Rkmc on Feb 5, 2013

    Hello World

    I met this girl and since a month we been dating a few times. She is a 21 yrs old intern and I am a 31 yrs old commercial pilot and tv-producer. There is a age difference but we connect amazingly well.

    Last month we have seen each other like 4 times and on each occasion we make out a lot and have a great time. Last weekend we came to my place, I cooked and she prepared the dessert. That weekend we slept together for the first time, since she is young and only slept with two guys before in her life and kissed a ton, I guess she finds me special to go all the way with me. The day later, Valentine’s Day I had a flight to Rome and had sent her 14 red roses from the airport to her work as a surprise what was appreciated.

    When I text her she always replies within a hour or two. On all our dates we are unstopable in kissing, sometimes we even kiss for hours smiling at each other. After we slept together last weekend, I made breakfast and we were cuddling and kissing together on the couch watching old movies on a sunday until 6pm, while she actually had to leave to a birthday party in the afternoon. When she bought the ingredients for the deserts, she nervously had put them into my fridge, the next day I found out that the package of, her main ingredient, strawberries, were packed in a heart shaped packing saying nothing else but “I love you” on the packing. This made me melt even more…

    Now the thing that makes me insecure. When I am in love I want to see someone often. Every time I am trying to meet up with her I really have to fit in her agenda. I mean OK I understand a 21 yrs old girl has a rich social agenda with her girls etc and respect that. But being a pilot and tv producer I am capable to create time twice a week to see her. While she somehow is able to see me once every 1.5 week or even every 2 weeks so far. I don’t feel even a bit of a priority and that makes me wonder about her feelings for me, but then I look at the positive signals as written above and they indicate the opposite. This confuses me whether to continue seeing her not

    My question? What do you conclude from her behaviour? Does she seem in love but simply resists to give up any of her life for love as it might scare her? Could it be a problem that she looks up at me cause of my profession (I co-host one of my TV Shows on Discovery myself) and holds back out of fear that I would find her boring? Is this more of an independence thing?

    I need to know as my motivation is fading due to conflicting mixed signals. I mean, you don’t just leave a heart shaped box with strawberries with huge letters “I Love You” (Valentines edition) just like that and with no meaning I assume, right??? Suddenly a day later you have a busy agenda for next 10 days. Then you come to meet me again and hang for 24 hrs in my arms kissing unwilling to leave and then, again, no time in the agenda………

    Or is she in love and playing hard to get? Is she insecure??? Young woman who identify themselves…..with this or recognize this, help this Romeo….

    Any advice ? And thanks!

  13. posted by Sriram R on Feb 5, 2013

    Well, I’m in a magazine club at school and I’m doing to put halloween jokes in it, any ideas? I have:
    J: Why was the graveyard busy? A: Everyone was dying to get in.
    J: Why does the ghost like going into the disco? A: To have a boo – gie
    ANY ELSE?

  14. posted by Nathan B on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m 20 years old, my boyfriend is 25, we’ve been together for almost a year in a half, and I very deeply, passionately love him. This is the first Valentine’s Day I’ve ever spent with someone I truly care about & want to make it special. We’re not incredibly wealthy, but I would like us to do something memorable and beautiful together, any suggestions? It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but lovely would be what I am aiming for.

    Thank you for all you help!

  15. posted by Andres C on Feb 5, 2013

    I just found out it is a Swedish tradition to eat pork on the Monday before Ash Wednesday. Has anyone else heard of this? Any ideas on recipes? We just had a roast for Valentine’s day, so pork roast doesn’t sound all that appealing.

  16. posted by Cpt Excelsior on Feb 5, 2013

    My boyfriend and I have been together for 2 years. I wanted to do something special for Valentine’s Day, but I don’t have a lot of money, so here is what I came up with. We are two hours from Virginia Beach and I thought we could drive down there one morning, hang out, watch the sunset, stay over night, and watch the sun rise. It would just be a spontaneous thing – I wouldn’t tell him in advance. What do you guys think? I’m also thinking of getting him/making him a few small gifts.
    Another idea that I had is to wake him up around 3 am and just drive to the beach to watch the sun rise, then head back.

    Thanks in advance for your feedback!

  17. posted by unbleevable39 on Feb 5, 2013

    I actually don’t know what to do. He’s a pretty practical guy, so just suggest something a guy would actually use. I kinda want to get him a box of Godiva truffles for part of his present, but I’m not really sure if chocolate actually is a good present

  18. posted by colingrillo on Feb 5, 2013

    I tried just a simple vinaigrette with 1/4 C Balsamic vinegar to 1/2 C olive oil and chopped shallots, but it still left me wanting a better flavor. I have four bottles ranging from cheap to moderately expensive. I was told to drizzle the expensive one on fruit. What is the best kind of fruit to maximize flavors.

  19. posted by kass9191 on Feb 5, 2013

    I am wanting to surprise my hubby for Valentine’s day with a Bed & Breakfast stay in Savannah to do some of the ghost tours. I have never been to Savannah so I dont really know the best or the ones closest to the ghost tours, town, restuarants, etc. Any suggestions appreciated!!!

  20. posted by sakyue1993 on Feb 5, 2013

    They don’t have lemon juice, cream of tartar or white vinegar here. Only two dark vinegars: balsamic vinegar and red wwine vinegar. I need a cup of buttermilk for cheese biscuits we are making to surprise them with. Can I use either?

  21. posted by Myles on Feb 5, 2013

    I want to want some chick flicks with my friends, and on my own. I love romance and this kind of genre, and I’m not sure which ones to choose from.

  22. posted by Tyler H on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m 16 but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do anything, We’ve been dating for two years and, it’s not like i’m afraid to do anything drastic. I wanted to know your cute plans or ideas to make your man happy on valentines day.
    I’m pretty set on what I want to do but you never know if you come up with a better suggestion i’ll use yours! Thanks so much!

  23. posted by Beavis on Feb 5, 2013

    Id say ours is pretty good. We have TONS of choices. We have calzones, pizza, burgers, chicken nuggets, pretzels muffins, candy, salads, sandwiches, chips, fruit, and then specialties like hot turkey sandwich or meatloaf on monday. What is yours like? Im curious

  24. posted by jag43216 on Feb 5, 2013

    I bought some chocolate balsamic vinegar from a oil and vinegar specialty store…You could sample it with bread, and I just thought it was interesting so I bought some. Any ideas on what to use it with?

  25. posted by Travoiz on Feb 5, 2013

    Hello World.

    Ok, I am a a bit insecure and want your opintion. A few months ago I met this girl and since a month we been dating a few times. She is a 21 yrs old intern and I am a 31 yrs old commerical pilot and tv-producer. There is a age difference but we connect amazingly well and look great together.

    Last monthe we have seen each other like 4 times and on each occasion we make out a lot and have a great time. Last weekend we came to my place, I cooked and she prepared the dessert. That weekend we slept together for the first time. The day later, Valentine’s Day I had a flight to Rome and had sent her 14 red roses from the airport to her work as a surprised what was appreciated.

    When I text her she always replies within a hour or two. When we meet up I feel a certain “in love” feeling from the way she looks at me and we kiss for hours. After we slept together last weekend, I made breakfast and we were cuttling and kissing together on the couch watching old movies on a sunday untill 6pm, while she actually had to leave to a birthday party in the afternoon. When she bought the ingredients for the deserts, she nervously had put them into my fridge, the next day I found out that the package of, her main ingredient, strawberries, were packed in a heart shaped packing saying nothing else but “I love you” on the packing.

    All these signs indicate she must have some feelings for me I assume. Also the fact that she only slept with two guys before me (while made out with tons) and slept with me on the 4th date must mean something aswell.

    Now the thing that makes me insecure. When I am in love I want to see someone often. Every time I am trying to meet up with her I really have to fit in her agenda. I mean OK I understand a 21 yrs old girl has a rich social agenda with her girls etc and respect that. But being a pilot and tv producer I am capable to create time twice a week to see her. While she somehow is able to see me once every 1.5 week or even every 2 weeks so far. I don’t feel even a bit of a priority and that makes me wonder about her feelings for me, but then I look at the positive signals as written above and they indicate the opposite. This confuses me whether to continue seeing her not

    I decided not to “whine” about it but just let her live her life and hope she will want to see me more often. I also don’t know what is normal when two people start dating. how often do you see each other ( we do live a hour away). What is normal, as I lost sense to normality coming out of a 8 yrs realtionship.

    My question? What do you conclude from her behaviour? Does she seem in love but simply resists to give up any of her life for love as it might scare her?

    Is this typical for a 21 yrs old girl, and am I over reacting in my thoughts?

    Should I continue the way I do or ask why it’s so hard to make time for me or would that make her feel to claimed at this beginning stage? Does she play some game to keep the tension?

    I need to know cause I need to understand, otherwise I will get demotivated by lack of her unavailability and the flame in my heard could then easly die.

    Sorry for the long explanation but all answers, especially from young woman that share / shared her age are appreciated

  26. posted by skychi99 on Feb 5, 2013

    I have red wine vinegar, white vinegar and cider vinegar. My recipe calls for balsamic vinegar is there anything I use instead?

  27. posted by maskills24 on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m aenemic and for some reason I crave balsamic vinegar. I would just like to know what it is I’m craving.

  28. posted by Vultre9 on Feb 5, 2013

    If so, do you get “cheated on gifts” because of two special days together? My birthday is right before Valentine’s Day, and yes, I usually get birthday gifts OR Valentine gifts…but usually not both. oh well…who said life is fair?

  29. posted by superdork on Feb 5, 2013

    Can I use balsamic vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar when giving my dog a vinegar rinse after a bath?

    Luv,
    Canada’s Dog Girl
    Thank you for your help!

  30. posted by krow147 on Feb 5, 2013

    We’ve been together for almost three years. As far as gifts go, I’ve already given him a personalized story book that tells the story of how we met, a scrap book of us, a necklace, an Emporio Armani wrist watch, a ring, a bracelet, super man boxers, a giant card, white chocolate lindt candy, a pikachu stuffed toy, a singing dog stuffed toy, a build-a-bear, and a personalized robe. I would get him an earring since his ear is pierced, but I know he doesn’t really like wearing his earring anymore. Also, for last year’s Valentine’s Day, I made him breakfast and everything was heart shaped. I, also, played a song for him on ukelele and sang as well. I’ve, also, painted a portrait of the two of us. And, I’ve, also, given him a calligraphy set. He was born in China, but moved here when he was in elementary, so he wanted to get back to his roots.

    I’m running out of ideas…

    What should I get him for Valentine’s Day?

  31. posted by Gage on Feb 5, 2013

    I don’t know what to get her? She is 35, smokin hot, she doesn’t like jewelry because she doesn’t wear any.

    I usually just get her the basics such as flowers, card (with something nice written by me) and a teddy bear.

    But I want to get her something different. But what?

    I only have a few days…so please someone HELP!!!

  32. posted by Mackenzie P on Feb 5, 2013

    Well some that you think americans would find weird?

  33. posted by Goe122 on Feb 5, 2013

    I sent my boyfriend a Valentine’s card on Saturday, and he hasn’t received it yet.

    Does the Royal Mail get busy around this time?

  34. posted by whites are not the only racists on Feb 5, 2013

    I’m a senior year in college with limited money. The wedding will be in the Boise, ID area and I’d like to keep the budget as low as humanly possible.

  35. posted by Ev dog on Feb 5, 2013

    What is the best Valentine’s Day you ever had and what is the best gift you’ve ever received by a significant other?

    I’m still waiting on one :-

  36. posted by Dark_LovexXx on Feb 5, 2013

    I want to do something romantic and affordable for my husband this Valentine’s day. God knows that I am not very creative, and I cannot seem to come up with anything that he would appreciate. He is very hard to please when it comes to gifts. I want us to spend some time together. We have a two year old as well, so he has to be in the equation somewhere. Does anyone have any ideas to help me out? Please, and thanks!

  37. posted by steve on Feb 5, 2013

    10 years ago this Valentine’s Day my husband proposed to me. It’s also my birthday and this year I am turning 30. He’s always done something really nice for my birthday, but this year I want to do something really nice for him. Please give me some ideas to make this Valentine’s Day really special.

  38. posted by Praveen on Feb 5, 2013

    So this will be me and my boyfriend’s 3rd valentine’s day together and i have kind of run out of ideas for presents….I have already gotten him a number of things throughout our relationship including a ring, a watch, a blanket (that i made), and a necklace. i am getting him a really nice frame and good pic of us for our two year but for valentine’s day i am completely clueless….please help!!!! :(

  39. posted by The Dark Knight on Feb 5, 2013

    A friend spilt some balsamic vinegar on my sofa & I dont know how to remove it. The sofa is brown/mink & a normal fabric type,not leather. Unfortunately the covers are not removeable so I have to clean it in situ.

  40. posted by Cliffy N on Mar 15, 2013

    I’ve tried ketchup and corn syrup. I’ve tried ketchup, corn syrup and horseradish, which made a passable cocktail sauce. Something’s missing. I make really good homemade BBQ pork and the yellow mustard is no problem, but how I long for the red sauce!

  41. posted by kewlflame14 on Mar 18, 2013

    It’s been 3 years in a row that I’ve had no partner for Valentine’s day. Ever since my husband left me and my daughter without any notice, I feel that can’t trust another man again. Please give me some helpful tips to survive another Valentine’s day without a romantic love in my life.
    Don’t get me wrong, I do know how lucky I am to have my daughter and I’m looking forward to spending valentines day with her. But I just hate how the whole thing is so focused on the romantic side of love and the commercialism of this day.

  42. posted by RxP DarkBox on Mar 21, 2013

    please help me. what’s a gift that i can give my boyfriend for valentine’s day? please and thank u

  43. posted by Daniel on Mar 22, 2013

    I am totally clueless as to what to get for my husband for Valentine’s Day. His birthday is on the 11th as well. He is training right now and won’t be home until the 13th. I will be 30 weeks pregnant for Valentine’s Day and we also have a 3 year old. We don’t really have anyone to watch our daughter so I need a family friendly idea. We have been together for almost 4 years. Any ideas? Thanks ahead of time. :)

  44. posted by Ryan Dunn on Mar 25, 2013

    Can someone please tell me where to find a nice, clean hotel or bed and breakfast place, or a day spa that offers a private jacuzzi or hot tub inside the room? I’m trying to book a nice romantic weekend for me and my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day, and I’m having a really hard time finding a rental that isn’t just some hourly hot tub room. I want to find a room we can stay in that has a private hot tub that will fit at least 2 people. Otherwise, the next choice is a day spa treatment for two that offers private hot tub rooms as well.

    Please let me know if you know of a good place. And “The Tubs” in El Cajon is exactly what I am *NOT* looking for. I want something nice and classy and relaxing, not some seedy, pay-by-the-hour hot tub room.

    Thank you,
    M

  45. posted by lildevilgurl152004 on Mar 26, 2013

    I want somewhere romantic and sweet!

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