For Valentine's Day, I gave my Valentine (Mr. Monk) a haircut, scarfed down 2 mostly-icing cupcakes in my car after going to the gym, and made a Hoisin Ginger marinade for some beef strips:
The marinade was super easy to make: I just mixed about 2 Tblspns hoisin, 2 Tblspns soy sauce, a finely chopped scallion, and about a Tblspn diced ginger all together, then covered the beef strips and left them marinating while I took a shower.
If I'm going for "easy," then this is definitely a winner, however if I'm going for "perfect" I think next time I might try a little less ginger, a little more scallion, and some garlic. I might also try a tiny tiny amount of lime juice (for acid!) I think this would also be a big winner as a menstrual dish: It is sweet, salty, and red meaty all at the same time!
I am leaning towards making a caramel sauce for my blue cheese cheesecake (instead of the jalapeno puree.)