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VALENTINE’S DINNER IDEAS FOR A ROMANTIC NIGHT IN

Cooking With Herbs Which Symbolise Love

I love cooking with fresh herbs, they are definitely at the top of my list when it comes to some of my favourite ingredients to work with.
I thought I would put together some menu ideas for you to choose from for a romantic evening in with your loved one and of course, incorporate the herbs that over centuries have symbolised love and romance.

I found this interesting article over on The Spruce talking everything love and herbs which inspired my Valentine’s Day menu, so be sure to check out their article if you would like to know more.

Starter Ideas Using Basil

Making your own pesto is a brilliant way to incorporate Basil into a dish and it can be used to coat pasta, dress a salad or as a dip. This is a nice recipe, linked in the image below, you can use a good quality olive oil instead of the rapeseed oil.

Bruschetta is a quick little ‘pickup’ starter ideal for with a glass of bubbles to kick your evening off. It’s a great little dish and is easy to make and is also vegetarian. I have linked Gino D’Acampo’s recipe below.

Main Courses Ideas using Thyme, Oregano & Basil

This is a really tasty recipe which makes a roast chicken into something a bit more special.

This is a nice little steak recipe but the herb butter (or butter compound as they call it!) is really tasty to use on fresh fish too, again packed with all the fresh herbs of love!

It is obviously an American recipe so you have to adjust the ‘New York Steak Strips’ for a nice British steak instead!
A handy tip is to make plenty of the butter and then form it into a cylinder shape, wrap in cling film and freeze and you can just slice a piece of when needed.

This recipe makes a lovely Pork loin roast, it does improve the flavour if you are able to marinade it overnight. If you choose to serve it with the Ratatouille this is a really nice recipe but remember not to overcook it, all the vegetables should retain their shape and once you have chopped all the ingredients it really only should take 15/20 minutes to cook.

Dessert…

When it comes to dessert I am torn between the perfect Valentines partnership of Chocolate and Raspberries or a recipe including Passionfruit so I just had to recommend both so you can choose……

A friend made this raspberry and chocolate dessert when we went for dinner (when we could do this!) and I just had to ask for the recipe. I need to share it with you …. simple and yummy.

If you have never made a Posset before you will be amazed at how 4 ingredients can make such a tasty dessert. This recipe comes with coconut star biscuits but I have included a lavender biscuit recipe as it is Valentines and Lavender means ‘devotion and undying love’!

Please note that this recipe makes 10 little pots so you may want to halve it.

If you fancy heart-shaped lavender biscuits then this is a nice recipe, you don’t have to make as much lavender sugar as they suggest so you could halve this, although you can use it for baking with afterwards too. I have added a link about cooking with lavender that you may find interesting…..

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/learn-how-to-cook-with-lavender-plus-10-recipes-that-use-culinary-lavender#how-to-use-edible-lavender-in-cooking

Audrey Spencer, owner

My passion for cooking stems from my childhood growing up on my family's farm. Mealtimes would often involve being joined by friends, family and neighbours, all eager to enjoy the wonderful farmhouse fayre. As a professional chef I’ve worked in award winning restaurants, boutique country house hotels, and even the Royal Palace! Today, I hope my recipes can help you to enjoy good food, and good company, in style.