This story, from one of our favourite food lover's kitchen, should be subtly slipped to your partner with hints about Sunday breakfast...
Valentine's Day inspired us to get a peak into the kitchens of couples around the world. Do couples cook together, or is one person more often the head chef? What are their food traditions? What has cooking done for their relationship?
We caught up with Sabahat Naureen, a leadership coach and self-proclaimed foodie based in Calgary, Canada. Her and her husband's Valentine's Day traditions = total relationship goals.
Here's Sabahat and Chris's story.
"Chris and I met in Montreal during our last year of University. The month we started dating, lucky for me, happened to be during a dining festival in Montreal. He took me out to four really nice restaurants in a matter of weeks - which is a total rarity for University students! I guess he assumed the way to my heart was through my stomach! He was right. We've now been married for three years, and together for eight.
We cook together sometimes, but I like to take the lead in the kitchen on a day to day basis, mostly for the sake of speed and efficiency. I open the refrigerator, assess what we have, and throw things together that end up tasting pretty good most of the time. Chris will tell you I am also a tad bit unpredictable at times, as in, I think of something specific I want to eat, and I get stuck on it - and don't always communicate it to him.
Instead of going out, every year for Valentine's Day, Chris makes a special 3-5 course gourmet meal at home.
He never reveals the menu beforehand, so it's always an amazing surprise. He usually goes absolutely all out, sourcing hard to find ingredients and referring from chef cookbooks to come up with his masterpieces. In the past he's made duck risotto, oysters with different garnishes, beef wellington, roasted quail with deep fried egg, cheese fondue, etc. Thinking about these is making my mouth water!
The time Chris takes to make this special surprise just means the world to me - it's so thoughtful and sweet. Every couple should surprise each other every now and then with something special. And in honour of that, here's a little something to get you started. Surprise your husband or wife with a sweet treat this weekend! A favourite of mine, Coconut Crusted Stuffed French Toast."
Coconut Crusted Stuffed French Toast
- From the Kitchen of Sabahat Naureen
4 slices of brown bread
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk (I used cashew milk)
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
Step 1: Spread the cream cheese on the slices of bread and top them with half of the raspberries. Top each slice of bread with another one, making two 'cream cheese and raspberry' sandwiches. Cut the sandwiches diagonally, making four.
Step 2: Mix the eggs, milk and coconut flakes together.
Step 3: Dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture and coat them on all sides.
Step 4: Heat the olive oil on medium heat on a big pan and shallow fry the sandwiches. Use tongs to flip them over so they don't fall apart!
Step 5: Once browned and crisp on all sides, take them out of the pan and put on a plate.
Step 6: In a separate bowl, mix the Greek yogurt and maple syrup together, to use as a sauce.
Step 7: Serve the stuffed french toast with a dollop of the sweetened greek yogurt on the side, and sprinkle with the remaining raspberries.
The Chef & The Dish team will be eating this for Sunday brunch. YUM.
You can follow Sabahat on Twitter and Instagram. You'll see some great motivational quotes to inspire you to be awesome every day, plus a host of yummy food shots!
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