They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, and what better gift is there than to cook for the one you love? Win over your beloved, be that your significant other, your best mates or your family, with our ultimate Valentine’s menu.
As the pre-cursor to the main event, your starter has to do some work in terms of setting the scene for the meal ahead. Mussels are a great way to begin because they’re easy to throw together, while still looking impressive, and there’s nothing that bonds a couple faster than getting stuck into a giant bowl of mussels and mopping up all the juices at the end. For non-fishy eaters, opt for something substantial like a panzanella salad, like this updated version with fried halloumi and exotic tomatoes.
Get the recipe for tomato-and-chilli mussels with garlic toast here.
Get the recipe for panzanella with halloumi and exotic tomatoes here.
There’s no greater labour of love than cooking for your SO, and we’re of the opinion that if you’re going to do it, do it properly. And by properly, we mean making your own pasta for these rotolo. If you’re more of a traditionalist, and want to stick to the tried-and-trusted steak idea, fillet is a foolproof favourite especially when served with a rich café au lait sauce. Does seafood make your heart beat that bit faster? Crispy yellowtail (with a side of fries, of course) is the showstopper you need.
Get the recipe for rotolo with burnt sage and lemon.
Get the recipe for beef fillet with café au lait.
Get the recipe for crispy yellowtail with chips here.
Nothing screams Valentine’s Day like chocolate and there’s something that feels particularly dreamy about chocolate mousse. This updated warm version can be baked in individual ramekins, or in a larger dish, perfect for sharing. If you’re keen for something a little lighter, these delicate layered jelly and panna cottas can be made ahead and feel all kinds of fancy.
Get the recipe for warm chocolate mousse here.
Get the recipe for these layered rosé champagne jelly and panna cottas here.
Make the evening that bit more special by mixing up a cocktail. Negronis are always a great way to kick off a meal, and this over-ice version is all the more refreshing.
Get the recipe for Negroni on ice here.