From starter to dessert, these delicious recipes will make your Valentine's Day one to remember.
February 14th, also know as Valentine's Day, is where we celebrate the love we hold with our partner and it originates from someone known as St. Valentine. It is known that this infamous holiday has been celebrated for centuries, dating as far back as the Romans, however it is unclear who St. Valentine actually was, and why we celebrate the joy of love under his name almost 1750 years later. Some characteristics the stories all have in common though are love, romance and heroic acts.
Today we celebrate by sending our loved one, or love interest, gifts and spending that day together doing the things you love the most, like eating! As Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), you and your loved one will have the whole day to spend as you please, so we have come up with an array of romantic Valentines Day food ideas to get you both through the day, one tasty meal at a time.
TIP: Have a heart shaped cookie cutter to hand.
We're starting really easy with this one. All you need is a heart shaped cookie cutter to make this lovely breakfast. Simply toast your bread, cut out a heart, place in a frying pan and crack an egg into the hole.
If you desire a slightly more substantial breakfast then these bacon hearts will hit the spot. While your toast is toasting and your egg is frying just slice up some bacon (or buy streaky bacon to make it a little easier), grease a baking tray, make some heart shapes out of two pieces and pop it under the grill.
This classic salad has had a Valentines Day food makeover. Prepare everything as normal with sliced tomato, cut your mozzarella into hearts and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Spread a touch of green pesto on to the tomato extra flavour.
There's no better time than the holidays to indulge and this cheese fondue for two will leave you wanting more! Combine 1/2 pound cheese of your choice, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1 garlic clove, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon of brandy. Some great tips are to buy high quality cheese and add the mixture slowly to avoid lumps and bumps. Serve with bread and vegetables.
Cherry Pie Hearts
Keeping on the heart theme, we have these delicious mini cherry pies, which are extremely easy to make. Roll out puff pastry and cut out around 20 hearts for the casing, using the whole sheet of pastry. Lay half the hearts on a greased baking stray and scoop some cherry pie mixture onto them. Cover with the remaining hearts and press the edges with a fork, bake in the oven on 180° celsius for 15 minutes and sprinkle with sugar to serve.
Peanut Butter Hearts
Wow your loved one with these peanut butter chocolate truffles, a real Valentines Day food treat. Blend a jar of smooth peanut butter with 1/4 cup butter, 2 tablespoons of milk and a pinch of salt to make the filling and mould into heart shapes by hand. Next melt your favourite chocolate and cover your hearts, repeating this until you have your desired thickness. Sprinkle with chocolate and salt on your last layer to finish. Yum!
This Valentine's Day Appleyard London has partnered with La Belle Assiette to deliver the full romantic dinner experience to you. La Belle Assiette is offering an alternative to crammed dining rooms and overpriced “special” menus, by giving you the chance to enjoy a special, restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home, prepared, served and cleared away by one of their 250 professional chefs. Book with them this February and receive a FREE bouquet of luxury Appleyard London flowers, for maximum brownie points…
To book your dinner experience simply go to labelleassiette.co.uk , choose your location, date, menu and pay securely online. You can make your dinner reservations up to 24h prior the date.
Use the code: VDAYFLOWERS16 at the checkout when booking your menu to receive our unique bouquet of flowers. Discount expires 14th February 2016.