Lifestyle: Valentine’s Cooking and a #ShareTheLove Giveaway

Our fifth Valentine’s together, and the first we actually spent the day with each other. I’m not the mushy, lovey type and really don’t go in for the commercial aspect. If I want to show my boyfriend how I feel I won’t wait until the 14th of February! That said, it was nice to spend a day focussing on each other, no ipads, few phone interruptions. We spent the day in the kitchen, slowly creating a delicious but simple meal to enjoy.

 photo 2015-02-14 21.20.04_zpseqpt0fnq.jpgOur favourite things, without the extortionate price tag of eating out on Vlentine’s. Plus we could snuggle up in PJs AND both of us could have wine. Bliss!

 photo 2015-02-14 14.22.09_zpsrxiqb4hi.jpg photo 2015-02-14 14.23.38_zpseffg5dat.jpg photo 2015-02-14 14.35.22_zpsp6lsro6s.jpg photo 2015-02-14 15.45.42_zpsh9ppu3ld.jpgFirst up was pasta. Yep, we made pasta from scratch!  It was surprisingly simple, the dough was more basic than my usual pastry recipe. Just pasta flour, egg and olive oil, gradually combined on a work surface and knead until firm. This was chilled, and then rolled. W was lucky enough to get a KitchenAid for his twenty-first, and it’s pasta-machine attachment made the rolling and cutting of the pasta a breeze…and extremely fun. We went for fettucine, which we left to air dry whilst we got on with desert…

 photo 2015-02-14 15.47.42_zps2ntjuomj.jpg photo 2015-02-14 15.59.11_zps0pmxy0hv.jpgMars Bar Mousse. Again, surprisingly simple with the help of the KitchenAid (I never want to whip egg whites again by hand!) and absolutely delicious. The Mars Bars mean this isn’t as rich and bitter as usual recipes, and being a mousse it’s deceptively light. We definitely felt a bit ill after gorging this whilst watching James Bond (we’re trying to get through allllll the films this year).

I’ve teamed with with Intellcig, and together we’re offering you the chance to win a box of goodies – all baking themed, and many from Paperchase. They sent me the same box (I wanted to keep the contents a surprise) and it really was a treat, full of things I can’t wait to use! To enter (it’s UK only I’m afraid) just use the widget below, I’ll contact the winner in two weeks and send their details off to Intellicig who will be sending the package direct. Good luck!

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The set will include; A Paperchase baking recipe notes book, an apron, heart shaped measuring cups, heart cookie cutters, heart shaped muffin tray, set of teacup cake moulds, cupcake cases and toppers, vanilla/strawberry icing and heart sugar sprinkles. Intellicig are running a campaign called ‘SpreadTheLove’ – encouraging you to do something lovely for someone else. Be it a bunch of flowers, the washing up, or baking them a cake – just make them feel loved.

Now, I will be validating entries so please leave usernames etc so I can check. I’ll email the winner asap on the closing date, but if I don’t hear back from them by the end of that Friday’s working day I’ll have to choose another winner. Prize will be sent direct from Intellicig and may differ from described, but I hope you love it as much as I loved mine!

 photo 2015-02-15 18.57.57_zpsx80zmvsh.jpgI so enjoyed spending Valentine’s with my man, doing something we both love. It’s been a while since we spent a good long time in the kitchen so it was well overdue. Fingers crossed we can have more baking days over the next few months…diet or no diet!

Would you like the recipe for Mars Bar Mousse? How did you celebrate Valentine’s day? Hope you were all spoilt rotten!