I went to a craft store with my daughter and she saw there a pink diary with a big heart on a cover. She asked me with a gentle voice if she can have it to be her first 'drawing' diary (as she can not write yet...). It was such a cute request I could not resist. Back home she started to draw all her favorite things inside and write all the letters and numbers she knew how to write. On the first page she drew a big heart and wrote her name inside. When she saw a heart shaped beef and tomatoes on her plate, she was amazed and she loved it! She also liked a lot little polenta flowers.
For the heart:
125g/4.4ounce of ground beef
2 medium size tomato
2 tablespoons of oil
salt, black pepper , parsley
For the flowers:
2 tablespoons of polenta (or hard wheat semolina)
salt, black pepper
Did you know that the average human heart , beating at 72 beats per minute, will beat approximately 2.5 billion times during an average 66 year lifespan?
Step1 Peel a shallot and chop it. Peel tomatoes and cut them into small cubes. I n a small pot , heat oil on medium heat and add half of the chopped shallot. Fry it till it turns golden brown and then add tomatoes, salt, black pepper and parsley. Cook on low heat for about 10min. Stir regularly.
Step2 Prepare the polenta following the instructions on the package you bought. When it is cooked, spread it on a baking tray covered with non stick baking paper. Broil for few min, until pale golden. Cut flower shapes using a knife or a cookie cutter - can be different sizes.
Step3 While the polenta broils and the tomatoes cooks, mix the beef with the remaining amount of shallot, a bit of salt, paper and p arsley. Form a heart shape from this mixture and fry it on both sides until well done.
Step4 Place the meat on a plate and cover it with the cooked tomatoes making a heart shape. Decorate with a bit of parsley. Place the polenta flowers around the heart. Use the ketchup to make the centers of the flowers. Enjoy!
Heart shaped tomatoes and beef meal
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