In case you didn’t know (!!), yesterday was that one day of the year when everything comes heart-shaped and sickly sweet. Yes, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day.
It’s not a day I give too much thought to, although I must admit I love a bit of romance and if you need a prompt to tell that special someone you love them, then I’m all for it.
Usually, my hubby and I exchange small tokens and I prepare a delicious meal for us to enjoy with a glass (or two!) of wine, and this day started like every other. Before leaving for work I surprised DH with a heartfelt card and a good bottle of Barolo from Wine World in Honiton, and off we went on our merry way to work.
However, it wasn’t until I got home that this Valentine’s Day became one like no other… for there waiting for me were a dozen, long stem, red rose – beautiful.
And as if he hadn’t done enough, DH surprised me with the Les Misérables soundtrack. Just perfect.
Well, it was a good job that I’d prepared the ultimate in Valentine’s meals ….sticky ribs followed by sticky toffee pudding – a sure fire way to any man’s heart!
For the sticky ribs you’ll need:
6-8 pork ribs or strips of pork belly
2 crushed cloves of garlic
A generous grating of fresh ginger
2tbs of soy sauce
2tbs of sweet chilli sauce
2tbs of hoi sin sauce
3tbs of honey
Lay the ribs/pork belly in an ovenproof dish. Mix the ingredients together and pour over the meat, making sure you cover it all. Cover and marinade for as long as you can (sometimes I do this the night before, other times I just throw it in and let it sit for 20 mins). Preheat the oven to 160°C. Boil the kettle and pour a tablespoon of water over the meat, and cook for 1.5/2 hours (using more boiling water if it looks a little dry).
Then serve with homemade chips and a delicious salad, or coleslaw.