Valentine's Day: Chocolate & cheese board lovin'

Nothing says love more than cheese. Surprise your partner this Valentine's Day with the ultimate sweet and salty pairing: chocolate and cheese. It's really easy. Follow these simple cheese and chocolate pairing rules here to create the perfect board.

  • Dark Chocolate: Stick with aged and blue cheeses. You will want something with less milk content. Think less creamy, and more nutty, salty goodness like Gouda, Parmesan and Cheddar. Blue Cheese also makes a great dark chocolate pairing. The chocolate notes can bring out the light fruit and floral notes in the cheese. 
  • Milk Chocolate: Work on mirroring the flavors in the cheese and chocolate here. Creamy, buttery cheeses like Triple Cream Brie or Camembert can work wonders on milk chocolate. I like to melt out the chocolate myself so I can add Maldon salt, coconut flakes or dried flower. 

 

Slow and Low: Immune boosting slow roasted pork

This dish is super easy. Not a ginger fan? Substitute it with lemongrass or more garlic. Don't eat pork? Substitute half a chicken or beef chuck roast. These ingredients will give you a boost of energy and help you need to stay healthy through flu season. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork shoulder (6lbs)
  • Maldon salt
  • Black pepper 
  • Cumin 
  • 2 cara cara oranges
  • 1 white onion 
  • 2 carrots 
  • 1 ginger root
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 can/bottle stout beer 

Season pork shoulder with salt, black pepper and cumin. In a large pot, sear the pork shoulder on all sides until golden brown. Remove the pork and drain fat from the pot.  Drop 2 T of olive oil in the pot and cook onion, carrots and 1 garlic clove until golden brown. Add stout beer, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 sliced orange and 2 cups of water. Place pork back in the pot and secure the lid. Simmer for 2.5 hours on low heat. 

In a small sauce pan on low heat bring the juice and zest of 1 orange, 2 T of ginger, 1 clove of garlic , 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water to a simmer. Once the ginger and garlic are soft add 1 T of cornstarch to thicken the sauce. 

Now that your pork is cooked- break it apart with 2 forks and pour your orange, ginger glaze on top. Serve over crispy potatoes or coconut rice and top with fresh herbs. 

Enjoy!