5 Valentine’s Day recipes for every situation

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5 Valentine’s Day recipes for every situation

They say the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and we couldn’t agree more. We’ve rounded up 5 recipes that tick off all your Valentine’s Day needs – whether you need a sweet treat for the kids to sell at their civvies day bake sale or have to quickly change your plans due to loadshedding these are the recipes that will showcase all your love.

Not sure what to make for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? Worry not, we’ve got your back. There’s something for everyone: the kids, your friends, the singletons and even a plan B if loadshedding gets in the way. There’s no need to stick to tradition, define what the day means for you. Just make sure you’re surrounded by love (even if it’s just by yourself).

1. Civvies Day cake sale: chocolate coconut custard brownies

For the little ones, Valentine’s Day means civvies, secret Valentines and treats at the annual Valentine’s Day cake sale! If your kids are hosting this year’s sale, these fudgy, dense chocolate brownies will sell out fast. You’ll need just 8 ingredients to make this milk tart-brownie hybrid – inexpensive, easy to make and an irresistible result.

Get the recipe for chocolate coconut custard brownies here.

2. Galentine’s Day: Spanish tapas platter

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. In 2023, it’s totally in vogue to tell the homies you love them. Host a casual get-together and pass around some tapas while everyone catches up. If you don’t start the festivities too late, you can squeeze in a classic rom-com and have a watch party.

Get the recipes for Spanish tapas platter here.

3. Single and don’t want to mingle: butter chicken noodles

Whether you’re nursing a broken heart or want to spend the day by yourself (self-love is very valid), these butter chicken noodles are the perfect company. This recipe is the best of both worlds and pairs perfectly with your favourite romantic flick. butter chicken noodles Get the recipe for butter chicken noodles here.

4. Just for 2: pork meatballs in tomato sauce

Lady and the Tramp moment? Check! Woo your special somebody with a home-cooked meal made for sharing. These juicy meatballs in tomato sauce will hit the spot. There’s no shame in using store-bought sauce, but for this occasion, follow our easy recipe to really go all out. Pair with their favourite bottle of wine to complete the occasion. To wrap things up, don’t forget dessert. Get the recipe for pork meatballs in tomato sauce here. 

5. Loadshedding menu: T-bone with parsley-and-walnut salad

Don’t let loadshedding ruin your plans. Dine by candlelight. Prep before the lights go out – for a fast fix, you can’t go wrong with searing a steak. If you have an air-fryer, we suggest using it to make a side of classic frites. Get the recipe for T-bone with parsley-and-walnut salad here.

Are you looking for more Valentine’s Day inspo? Check out Mogau’s easy strawberry curd sandwich cookies. 

Lesego Madisa Article by: Lesego Madisa

TASTE's commercial content producer loves thrifty recipes, fridge foraging and never says "no" to cake. When she's not flipping through the pages of food mags and cookbooks, she's happily baking and knitting in her tiny apartment.

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