M and I celebrated Valentine’s day with a home-cooked meal. I was inspired by a meal on Worst Cooks in America: Red Pepper Spaetzle in Mustard Cream Sauce with Sausage from Chef Robert Irvine.
I had placed a beautiful table setting for the occasion.
I got to use my mad chopping skills, new knives and cutting board.
[action shot] Check out those knife skills!
I hope Chef Robert is proud. Shallots and thyme are pictured here.
I got to break out my food processor too.
Check out the color of that awesome mixture.
Although this is blurry, I fried up some chicken sausage. It smelled delicious.
The mustard sauce required a lot of ingredients. Here is [clockwise] shallots, thyme, cream, white wine and mustard.
The spaetzle was the hardest part. You had to work the batter through a large-holed colander. It turns out my dough was too thick. At first I thought I didn’t follow the recipe properly but I learned that the online recipe was not the same as the TV show version (there’s an extra egg and the instructions tell you to only use a certain amount of the red pepper mixture to fold in with the flour and other ingredients). I’ve made note of these for next time.
[action shot] Look at that spaetzle!
It took 20 to 30 minutes to make this much spaetzle so there was enough for the two of us. At some point, I started standing on a chair because my arms got tired of the process! LOL!
It was all worth it to dine on this yummy food.