What started off as a fun twist to our homemade Valentine's Day dinner about 6ish years ago has become a yearly tradition for me + V. We really turned this heart-shaped foodie thayng into a sport, with each year more ambitious than the last. This heart-shaped challenge is the reason why Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year! Straight from our kitchen, here are Jincent's heart-shaped foodie noms of 2013:
1 -- Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes with Arrow.
I love this cupid's arrow concept from the original cakepopster genius, herself, Miss Bakerella! A few changes from the Bakerella tutorial were made, like using skewers instead of lollipop sticks, as well as using a heart craft punch for the bigger hearts. The little hearts were quickly hand-drafted, then cut out. A gold sharpie to draw in the feather lines, tape to adhere the hearts to the skewers andVoila!
From simple to spruced up cuppycake in minutes!
2 -- Heart-Shaped Strawberry Kabob.
These need no explaining. They really do look that easy!
4 -- Heart-Shaped Carrots.
So my carrot hearts didn't come out as nicely as Sophistimom's. But that's ok. I like my wonky geometric hearts. They kinda look like V's. V for Vince. ;-)
5 -- Heart-Shaped Beef Pinwheels. (With Heart-Shaped Quinoa.)
This was all V. He was inspired by a heart-shaped cinnamon roll that I had stumbled upon and wanted to do a savory version. Shallot + Chive cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, plank steak. All rolled into a heart-shaped pinwheel. Held together with toothpicks. A little ambitious for me, but like the aspiring gourmet chef that V is, he made it look easy. And it turned out ... well, let's just say I heart it. ;-)
Hope this inspires your own homemade Valentine's meal in the future! Keep it fun + heartilicious, my peoples!
besos ... jin.