Yin and Yang Dinner for Two – Valentine’s Day (Part 4)

2011-02-13

Ebony and Ivory Martini

1 Martini

Drip chocolate sauce into chilled martini glasses and keep cold so that the chocolate design holds to the glass and doesn’t drip to the bottom.

1 oz vodka

1 oz. Bailey Mint Chocolate Irish Crème

1 oz. Carnation Evaporated Milk

Combine ingredients in a shaker with plenty of ice and shake

Strain as you pour into glasses. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings, an After Eight straw and a piece of fresh mint.

Fire and Ice Dessert

Serves 2

2 cups fresh pineapple

1/8 cup sugar

½ tsp. finely chopped hot fresh chili

1 tsp. salt

½ banana

¼ cup butter

¼ cup rum

1/8 cup brown sugar

Large splash Cognac

2 pinches nutmeg

2 pinches cinnamon

Lime Juice

Fresh mint sprig

Praline Ice Cream

Day before: combine sugar salt and chilli. Stir in the pineapple and let refrigerate overnight.

In a large skillet, warm the butter and rum and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

Place the pineapple mixture and the bananas in a single layer. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until richly browned

Add cognac and flambe, keeping face clear of flames. Give it a shot of lime juice. Arrange in 2 martini glasses over one scoop of praline ice cream.

Top each with a mint sprig.

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