Planning to cook up a meal for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Forget oysters and filet mignon—nothing conveys love and affection better than making everything (and we mean everything) on the plate in the shape of a heart. At least according to what we’ve seen floating around the interwebs this week.
In case this week’s Hallmark holiday hasn’t already completely repulsed you, we just had to share these methods for creating love-filled culinary masterpieces. Read on for some pre-V-Day cooking kicks, then, well, go use Pinterest for some actually useful things.
Cut It Out
Let’s be honest—it’s not enough to just have a Valentine’s Day-themed dessert; you need to have a heart shaped salad (topped with heart shaped bacon), followed by heart-shaped fish, and maybe even a heart-shaped fruit garnish. Hopefully you have a full set of heart cookie cutters in every size possible.
Source: Prudent Baby
Source: Oh! Party
Make it From Scratch
Forget the convenient packets of sugar you usually use for your morning coffee, and instead, spend a few hours making these colored sugar hearts. What better way to spend the abundance of free time you have than mixing, rolling, and shaping sugar and food coloring? I’m sure your Valentine will appreciate the effort—oh wait, it already dissolved in his coffee.
Source: Brit + Co.
Judging by the number of times this has been re-pinned on Pinterest (16,993 to be exact), heart-shaped hard-boiled eggs are hot commodities. I mean, what’s more romantic than an egg with a strategically placed dent? And, it only requires three office supplies, one complicated contraption, and the sweet sulphuric scent that will linger in your kitchen for the rest of the day.
Source: Anna the Red
Here’s an easy one: All you need is some salad veggies, a knife, and a little help from a skewer (um, I mean cupid’s arrow). Actually, this works with any oblong-shaped food, so try hot dogs, corn on the cob, breadsticks, pickles—really, the possibilities are endless.
Remember Bonsai kittens? You know—they were grown in oddly shaped jars, so you could be the first kid in sixth grade to have a square cat. OK, that wasn’t real—but this tomato version is. So go the natural route, and watch your love—er, tomato—grow.