Valentine’s Day is coming up. Like most parents, we will be staying in and having a romantic dinner. We all know restaurants get very expensive around Valentines day, and let’s face it, we wouldn’t get a babysitter anyway.
So with that in mind, I’ve put together a few Valentine’s Menus for you. All the recipes are designed for two, and lots of it can be prepared in advance, so you have more time to focus on you beloved one.
The Traditional Valentine’s Menu
Shellfish, steak and a chocolate dessert… What’s not to love?
Try Jamie Oliver’s Grilled Scallops to start, followed by Garlic Steak with Dauphinoise Potatoes. Although this Rich Chocolate Tart with Salt Flakes does serve more than 2, I’m sure you will find a way to eat it up over the next few days.
The Spicy Valentine’s Menu
Start with this Seared garlic seafood with a spicy harissa bisque which looks amazing. Follow in the North African theme with Moroccan Roast Chicken with apricots. Finish off your meal with a White Chocolate and Cardamom tart with raspberry dust. I have to tell you, the White Chocolate Tart is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!
The Vegetarian Valentine’s Menu
This citrus salad with fried rosemary and olives looks really unusual and light. If you wanted to make it more substantial, you could use it to top crostini. As a main, I love the look of these Melty Mushroom Wellingtons – the recipe is written for 4, so you can halve it easily or make 2 for the freezer. For dessert, try this Valentine’s Honey Fool.
The Comfort Food Valentine’s Menu
When your main course is really hearty, you need a light starter. This Chargrilled Mackerel with Beetroot is seasonal and light. Beef Wellington is a real treat for Valentine’s day. You could either finish your meal with Citrus Poached Pears, or if you’re being really extravagant, Crema Catalana.
The Healthy Valentine’s Menu
If your New Year health resolution is sticking, here’s a three course meal you can enjoy without worrying about the calories.
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