Valentine’s Day or for singles like me, Single Blessedness Day (formerly Singles Awareness Day), works as double-edged swords to people where to some it is a happy day, to some non-existent and to some others a dreadful day. Why should a single day of the year be so dreadful anyway if it can be celebrated in our own way? Certainly at Negros Museum’s Museum Café, there are thousand ways to celebrate this day with their lovely specials for the Hearts Day that is certainly good for your heart – literally. May it be with pairs or friends or just simply alone, these new selections and old improved ones certainly appeal to your organic, and healthy palate too.
Actually, Valentine’s Day is not limited to a day but is every day for those who love and enjoy life which the Museum Café believe so much. Nevertheless they had made extra-specials for you when you come to celebrate your loving feeling for one other with candles lighting up the table, or if you come as a group of friends, perhaps to affirm friendship and have a good times of talks and laughters.
CLASSIC SHRIMP COCKTAIL
We only buy shrimps in the market when we see a few shrimps still moving, to be sure they are fresh. At home rinsed and directly in plenty boiling ‘seawater’: 35 grams Bago sea salt per liter water. The best and most original way to cook shrimps. One minute for small shrimps up to 3 minutes for big shrimps; just done. Quickly cooled down in the fridge. Served as starter, cold with some lettuce and creamy cocktail sauce beefed up with a hint of brandy.
GRILLED BEEF TENDERLOIN IN GREEN PEPPERCORN SAUCE
Tenderloin from the Brahman Cow and creamy sauce with fresh green peppercorns (dried it will become black peppercorns) from Concepcion. We serve this ‘Tournedos au Poivre’ as main course with our salad and your choice of our bread varieties or organic brown rice.
STINGRAY IN COCONUT WINE SAUCE
Rare in the market, but we could buy a fresh wing of a 1.50 cm diameter Stingray. We made fillets and from the cuttings and bones a stock, added coconut milk and wine and reduced it to sauce thickness. We serve this Stingy Ray as main course with our salad and your choice of our bread varieties or organic brown rice.
MARANG ICE CREAM
We made the classical French Parfait-ice-cream mixed 1:1 with sweet ripe Marang. This is real fusion, East-meets-West in the tastiest way! This delicious fruit is not known in the Western world.
RAVIOLI CHEESE-ALOGBATI-PISTACHIO or GROUND PORK-FRESH BASIL-CELERY
One Raviolo, two and more Ravioli (plural) are a traditional type of Italian filled pasta. They are composed of a filling sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough and are served either in broth or with a sauce. The word ravioli is reminiscent of the Italian verb ‘riavvolgere’, ‘to wrap’. The earliest mention of ravioli appear in the writings of Francesco di Marco, a merchant of Venice in the 14th century. In Venice, the mid-14th century manuscript Libro per cuoco offers ravioli of green herbs blanched and minced, mixed with beaten egg and fresh cheese; we did the same: fresh Sagay cows milk cheese with alogbati, egg and added some pistachio nuts. The yellow Ravioli is fillet with ground pork, fresh organic basil and celery. We serve it as starter and as main course with cream-sauce and Parmesan cheese.
GRILLED TUNA with MATURED GREEN TOMATO-RAISIN CHUTNEY
We found a nice fresh Yellow fin Tuna in the Talisay Market. Made fillets and grill it for you. It comes with matured, more than a year, green tomato-raisin chutney, a beautiful marriage of tastes. With organic brown rice and our rich organic salad.
Selections for this week are some of the rarest but all native ingredients available in the local markets of Metro Bacólod, guaranteed in freshness daily. Unlike the previous weeks, a number of these are local recipes that some may find either so familiar or so exotic. Still included in the selections are the improved recipes featured from last week that will appeal more to classy palate in this season.
For those who want alcohol-free Valentines Day, you may opt for the naturally brewed tea made from certified organic tea leaves. It is good for this week’s cold spells and not to mention, available in its iced version too. Do away with the generic over sweetened ice tea for this is the real thing. Organic tea relaxes the body and would certainly add to the soothing feeling of being with some special for you. Coffee addicts can have coffee still with the selection of Batangas Coffee and a native brewed Buenos Aires Mountain Coffee while those who want to spice up the mood, they can opt for the Museum Café’s updated selections of wines and liquors just for you.