Valentine’s Day 2013

Love is in the air!!!!!


We both managed to get the day off which may be a first on Valentines for us so Colin took me out for a lovely lunch at Antica Broca in St Margarets- a favourite Italian we are lucky to live near.  I’ll write it up on the restaurant page as soon as I get a chance.  A lovely day!

For dinner we wanted something a bit spicy, and I got a bit carried away with the chilli and my mouth has not quite recovered….


These filled lettuce leaves may look innocent enough but, believe me, they pack a punch!  Here’s the recipe:

150g pork mince

150g beef mince

1 garlic clove, chopped

2cm piece of ginger, chopped finely

2 red chillis, chopped- test to see how hot they are first!!!

1 tbsp fish sauce

zest and juice of 1 lime

6 spring onions, chopped

2 little gem lettuces

Dressing/ Dipping Sauce:

1 tbsp soy sauce

juice 1/2 lime

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 red chilli, chopped

fresh coriander leaves, chopped

1 tsp fish sauce

  • dry fry the meat in a frying pan with a little salt and pepper until brown.
  • add the garlic, ginger and chilli and stir for a couple of mins.
  • add the fish sauce, lime and spring onions, stir through and take off the heat.
  • mix all the dressing ingredients together and put in a small bowl.
  • separate the lettuce leaves and lie on a plate.  Fill with the spicy mixture.
  • Eat- drizzling a little sauce over the meat.

Colin has made this lots of times before, mainly for lunch, and it has always been lovely.  Too hot today- all my fault!  It’s usually Colin that over does the chillis!!!

Last night I was late night so no dinner for me.  Colin had a pie and mash- no horse in there as far as I am aware…..

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