I can think of few things less wanted than a box of chocolates with Santa on it. The day after Christmas that is. The frantic discounting of Christmas goodies post the big day amuses me somewhat. Especially when they’re on the same shelf as the Valentine goodies. These too will become undesirable in about 9 days’ time. Giving someone a box of chocolates with hearts, kittens and coochie-coo prose on it on the 15th of February is not the best idea. It says you forgot. Or you’re cheap. I’m not sure which is worse. So I imagine it’s even harder to move after-the-fact Valentine stock than Christmas stock.
Go it has to, because the chickens and bunnies are lined up to go on the shelves. It seems we are doomed to measure the passage of time in chocolate.
With Valentine’s Day in mind, I briefly entertained the idea of panna cotta hearts for this post. Or maybe heart-shaped waffles topped with something decadent. But, being a bit of a cynic, I just couldn’t do it. Not when my idea of romance is a bloke taking out the trash without having to be asked. My heart just wasn’t in it.
Fortunately the fine folks from Expresso morning show on SABC3 came to the rescue. Would I appear on tele to cook something? Is the Pope Catholic? Could I make something with melon? Honey I could make something with chicken feet and sawdust if that’s what you wanted. Fortunately they didn’t.
So here it is – my recipe for a melon and prawn salad with an Asian-inspired dressing. It’s sexy and plenty fancy enough for you to serve as a starter to your cuddle-bear/buttercup/honey-buns come Valentine’s Day.