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Thursday, 31 January 2013

A Valentine Salad and Eggspress Giveaway

Valentine's gifts tend to focus on chocolate treats so it's nice to have something a little different for Valentine's Day.  This bacon and heart-shaped egg salad fills you up and also provides the freshness and crunch that I feel is so important to enjoy in the winter months and would be the prefect for a Valentine's day brunch or lunch.

I was sent this little gadget, called an Eggspress, from Just Mustard which moulds hard-boiled eggs into heart shapes, so when you cut them in half you have a pretty little heart.  Just Mustard is a gift company with lots of fun novelty gifts.

The back of the packet tells you how to create your heart shaped eggs and are easy to follow.

Although it is easy to make, mine didn't turn out quite so perfect as the ones in the illustration.  The yolk does not always sit right in the middle.  The heart shape does form, but it's not very pronounced and I think you need to use them fairly quickly as I found that the egg started to lose the point at the bottom after about half an hour.

Bacon and Egg Salad (serves 2)

8 slices of smoked streaky bacon
4 medium eggs, hard boiled and cooled
1/2 bag of mixed lettuce leaves
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 apple, cored and chopped
4 cherry tomatoes, halved
juice of half a lime
2 tbsp olive oil
salt & freshly ground pepper
1 tsp honey

1. Grill the bacon until crisp, drain on kitchen paper and cool
2. Press the eggs as per instructions and cut in half.  If you don't have an Eggspress then simply cut the eggs in half.
3. Place the celery, apple and 4 slices of crispy bacon (crumbled) into a bowl.
4. Make the dressing with juice of half a lime, oil, seasoning and honey, whisk or shake in a jar then pour over the celery, apple and bacon mixture
5. Spread the salad leaves on the plates,  divide the celery, apple and bacon mixture between them.
6. Top each plate with two bacon rashers crossed.  Place 4 egg halves evenly around the plate and place the tomato halves between them and serve with crusty bread.

It was fun to serve the heart shaped eggs with this salad and if you would like to try it yourself, I have two Eggspress egg moulds to giveaway.  UK residents only please.  Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter Widget.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

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At 31 January 2013 at 08:56 , Blogger Helen Dickinson said...

A nice Chinese or indian!

At 31 January 2013 at 09:20 , Blogger Galina Varese said...

That would have been in an era before kids, when we used to go out often. I'd say a meal at a Lebanese restaurant was probably the best Valentine's dinner.
lol@ the eggs' shapes, sorry, they looked more like little bums, which is also endearing, and I think my guys would love to have that egg press.

At 31 January 2013 at 12:04 , Blogger Jo Hutchinson said...

Mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce, with home made bread.

At 31 January 2013 at 14:52 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

You made me laugh Galina! I think you are right.

At 31 January 2013 at 16:06 , Blogger Rebecca Phillips said...

I've never had a meal cooked for me for Valentine's Day! It's my partners birthday so we normally get a takeaway!

At 31 January 2013 at 18:22 , Blogger Rebecca U said...

Yum yum! What a cute thing to do

At 31 January 2013 at 18:25 , Blogger Rebecca U said...

Mexican food! (But anything that I don't have to make sounds good to me)!

At 31 January 2013 at 22:00 , Blogger Hotrod mum said...

steak and chips lol

katrina day-reilly

At 1 February 2013 at 10:20 , Blogger emma said...

Best meal was just beans on toast, was feeling poorly and just needed comfort food and he looked after me awww.

At 1 February 2013 at 10:20 , Blogger Unknown said...

A gorgeous meal at a chocolate themed restaurant.

At 3 February 2013 at 10:04 , Blogger Kim Plant said...

juts normal egg on toast I love it! x

At 3 February 2013 at 15:29 , Blogger tamalyn said...

my boyfriend took me for a meal one year to a country pub, i had salmon in a dill sauce with salad for starter and a country chicken slow cooked in a mushroom sauce, it was amazing!


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