I single-handedly decided that I want Valentine's picnics to be our tradition. Seeing as Valentine's day is a kind of made up holiday, it only seems fair to save some money.
For some reason, though, I couldn't think of anything picnic worthy to make. I aimlessley walked around the store, while Talal worked on fixing his garage door at home. I settled on crabcakes and salad. It was a light, yummy option. Better yet, it was something new. Per Talal's request, we had cheesecake on the menu, too.
I got back home and started cooking. Cheesecake first, since it takes a while. In an effort to speed up my time in the kitchen, I started the cake before the creamcheese was at room temperature. Note for next time, wait. Otherwise, your cheesecake will turn out lumpy, like mine. I worked on the crab cakes. I quickly peeked at a menu at the store and fiddled around with it on my own.
I thinly sliced green onions and diced a red bell pepper for one pound of drained crabmeat. I through in mayo and an egg to bind, mustard for some acidity and tabasco for spice. To avoid a super dense crab cake, I put two healthy handfuls of panko breadcrumbs. I formed the crab cakes. I pressed firmly to remove any excess liquid. Once formed, I coated it with more panko and stuck them in the oven at 425 degrees. Once the bottom crisped up, I flipped them.
When everything was done, I realized this wasn't picnic food. As I let the cheescake cool in the freezer, Talal and I finished watching Spectre and ate my delicious lunch. After checking the cheesecake and cutting a piece to take to the park, I realized that it was still raw inside. I have no clue how it cooked for 45 minutes at 325 degrees and did nothing. It was really annoying, but luckily it tasted great.
Off to the park to sit in the chilly, windy air.
At My Future Home
With My Future Husband