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"The way to a person's heart is through their stomach" . This is a true saying. Therefore it makes great sense to surprise your partner with some St. Valentine's Day Recipes and display your ability by preparing dishes YOURSELF instead of eating out. Here are some St. Valentine's Day recipes to help you create a day to remember. The seductive powers of food have been linked with love and sex since time immemorial. Nothing says LOVING like something from the oven! Putting thought into planning your meal reflects how much you care about your partner. Whether you are lucky enough to have the entire day free or whether you can only prepare one meal, be it Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, or here are some St Valentine's Day recipes to help you plan this special day. , There are some foods which are always romantic & associated with Valentines Day- champagne , chocolate , smoked salmon & oysters being high on the list so we have worked them into the various St Valentine's Day recipes suggested.

VALENTINES BREAKFAST RECIPE

Get the day off to a great start with a real vitamin-rich fruit smoothie and use fresh fruits, your favourite yoghurt and honey . Cinnamon was once rumoured to be used to make love potions and a dash will certainly liven up the flavour of your smoothie.

Fresh Fruit Smoothie recipe for Valentines Day (For 2)

Ingredients : 1 Banana, half cup of raspberries, half cup strawberries, 6 tinned apricots, water as required, 1 tbl. Yogurt, 1 tsp. honey, half tsp. cinnamon, tsp. chocolate mini-flakes.

Method : Chop the fruit into a plastic jug, cover with water, add yogurt, honey and cinnamon and blend until smooth. Pour into tall narrow glasses and sprinkle chocolate mini-flakes on top.

Corned Beef Hash with Fried Eggs . Give it a go on Valentines Day!

Ingredients : 2 medium sized potatoes, 1 small onion, Olive, oil, salt and pepper, 200g can of corned beef, worcestershire sauce, 4 eggs, wholemeal or granary bread.

Method : Fill a medium saucepan with about 7cm / 3 inches of water and bring to the boil. While this is happening, peel 2 medium size potatoes and cut into 1cm / 1/2 inch chunks. Cook in the boiling water until just soft, about 5 minutes. Drain and leave to steam. Chop and fry the onion in the olive oil in a frying pan until soft. Add the potatoes and fry over a medium-high heat so both begin to take on a nice golden brown colour. Season with a little salt and pepper . Cut the corned beef into cubes the same size as the potatoes. Add to the onion and potato mixture, stir everything together until heated through and nicely browned, then splash on a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Spoon on to two plates and keep warm while you fry the eggs, and place on top of the hash. Serve with hot buttered wholemeal or granary toast.

Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs . This & a glass of Champagne on Valentines Day.

Ingredients : 6 slices of smoked salmon, 4 eggs, pepper and salt, knob of butter, half cup of milk, tbl. fresh cream (single or double), sprig of parsley, wholemeal or granary bread

Method : Lay the smoked salmon out on 2 plates. Break the eggs into a saucepan and add milk, salt, pepper and butter and whisk with a fork until all mixed together. Cook over moderate heat, stirring all the time until cooked to taste (some people like it softer than others). Stir the cream into the scrambled egg. Place half the egg mixture on top of the salmon on each plate and decorate with parsley. Serve with wholemeal or granary bread.

Pancakes with Crispy Bacon& Maple Syrup on Valentines Day

Ingredients : 175g/6oz self raising flour, 110g/4oz caster sugar, 1 tbsp baking powder
2 eggs, 275ml/9fl oz milk, butter, for frying, 2 fl. ozs. of maple syrup, 8 slices of streaky bacon

Method : To make the pancakes, sift the flour into a bowl with the baking powder and caster sugar. Add the eggs and milk, whisk together . Heat a little butter in a non-stick pan and then add 2 tbsp of batter for each pancake. Swirl the mixture in the pan, until it is evenly spread. Grill the bacon until crisp (This can be carried out whilst you are making the pancakes). Serve pancakes topped with the crispy bacon and maple syrup.

VALENTINES DAY MORNING COFFEE RECIPES

St Valentine's Day Cappuccino - A St Valentine's Day recipe for cappuccinos uses stencils to create a heart shape on top of the froth. The stencils are available over the internet. Top your cappuccino with frothed milk and level to the cup rim using a spatula or knife. Place the stencil onto the cup and dust with sieved coco powder.

Chocolate is always associated with St Valentine's Day so perhaps the following St Valentine's Day recipe for chocolate cake will continue the theme of the day. A properly baked chocolate cake prepared with your own hands can really lit your partner's eyes.

Remember that the cake should be a heart shaped one . Heart shaped cake tins are readily available. The decoration on the cake depends on you and your partner's taste .

St Valentine's Day Chocolate Fudge Cake

Ingredients : 2 cups sugar, 1 3/4 cups flour, 3/4 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 cup boiling water,

Ingredients for Fudge Frosting : 1 cup cocoa, 3/4 cup butter, melted, 1/2 cup hot milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 4 cups powdered sugar

Method : Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour three 8 or 9 inch cake rounds. Combine all cake ingredients, except boiling water, and mix for 2 to 3 minutes until well blended. Stir in boiling water; batter will be very thin. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until center tests done. Cool cake for 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely. Frost tops of layers and sides with frosting. Frosting: Add cocoa to melted butter and hot milk in mixing bowl; stir well. Add vanilla

VALENTINES DAY LUNCH RECIPES

A light lunch will be more than adequate as you will probably be saving the main St Valentine's Day recipes until dinner in the evening. However, if there is an opportunity, a light lunch will set the scene for the main performance. Accompanied by a glass of champagne which always suggests romance, some suggestions are Quiche Lorraine served with petis pois and a tossed Mediterranean salad or some home-made soup with fresh brown bread and butter. Heart shaped decorations can be sprinkled on the finished quiche to make it a special St. Valentine's Day recipe. Likewise, the bread to accompany the home-made soup can be cut into heart shapes.

Quiche Lorraine: .

Ingredients: (pastry): 175g/6oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting, salt, 75g/2¾oz butter, plus extra for greasing. (alternatively use ready made pastry)

( filling): 250g/9oz English cheddar, grated, 4 tomatoes, sliced (optional) 200g/7oz bacon, chopped, 5 eggs, beaten, 100ml/3½fl oz milk, 200ml/7fl oz double cream, salt, freshly ground black pepper, 2 sprigs of fresh thyme

Method: To make the pastry, sift the flour together with a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until you have a soft breadcrumb texture. Add enough cold water to make the crumb mixture come together to form a firm dough, and then rest it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll out the pastry on a light floured surface and line a 22cm/8½inch well-buttered flan dish. Don't cut off the edges of the pastry yet. Chill again. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Remove the pastry case from the fridge and line the base of the pastry with baking parchment and then fill it with baking beans. Place on a baking tray and bake blind for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and parchment and return to the oven for another five minutes to cook the base. Reduce the temperature of the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3. Sprinkle the cheese into the pastry base and add the sliced tomatoes if you are using them. Fry the bacon pieces until crisp and sprinkle over them over the top.
Combine the eggs with the milk and cream in a bowl and season well. Pour over the bacon and cheese. Sprinkle the thyme over the top and trim the edges of the pastry.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and set further. Trim the pastry edges to get a perfect edge and then serve in wedges.

Pumpkin or Butternut squash Soup

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 onion, chopped, 4 cloves of garlic, chopped, 1 butternut squash or pumpkin peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped, 2 pints/4cups/1200ml of water approx, Pepper as desired

Milk can be added near the end of cooking to make the soup a bit creamier.

Method : Fry the onion and garlic in the oil for a few minutes and then add the squash and stir well. Add water and bring to the boil - turn down to simmer and cook until the squash / pumpkin is tender (about 20 minutes).

VALENTINES DAY AFTERNOON TEA RECIPES

Why wait for nightfall for a romantic encounter when afternoon tea and cakes might be just what you're looking for! The St Valentine's day recipe for the Chocolate Fudge cake will be ideal here. If you had enough of that with morning coffee, you might like to try

Triple Chocolate Kisses

Ingredients : 2 egg whites, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon, almond extract, 1 ounce semisweet chocolate - grated, 42 milk chocolate kisses, baking cocoa.

Method : In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form, about 6 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beat until soft peaks form, about 6 minutes. Beat in extract. Fold in grated chocolate. Insert a medium size open- star tip in a pastry or plastic bag. Fill with meringue. On lightly greased baking sheet, pipe forty-two 1 inch circles. Press chocolate kiss into the center of each. Pipe meringue around each kiss in continuous circles from the base to the top until the kiss is completely covered. Dust with cocoa. Bake 325 F. for 15-18 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Immediately remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3 1/2 dozen

VALENTINES DAY APERITIFS RECIPES

What is better than a romantic cocktail with which to start your evening? We continue with our St Valentine's Day recipes to make the day more special. It's a great compliment to your loved one if you make an effort to make something different and mouthwatering for him or her.

Raspberry Romance Cocktail for Valentines Day
Ingredients: 2 oz Coffee liquor, 1 1/2 oz Chambord (Raspberry liquor), Club soda, 2 1/2 ozs. Irish cream liquor, Ice

Method: Fill two long glasses with ice. Pour over the, Chambord, Coffee liqueur and Irish cream liqueur over the ice filled glass. Fill up the remainder of the glass with club soda and serve immediately. Serves Two

 

Affinity Valentines Day Cocktail

Ingredients : 1 1/2 oz. Scotch, 1 oz. sweet vermouth, 1 oz. dry vermouth, 2 dashes orange bitters

Method : In a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

 

Between The Sheets Valentines Cocktail

Ingredients : 1 oz. brandy, 1 oz. light rum, 1 oz. ounce Cointreau or triple sec, 1 oz. lemon juice

Method: In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

 

French Kiss Cocktail recipe for Valentines Day

Ingredients : 1 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth, 1 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, 1 lemon twist

Method : Pour the sweet vermouth and dry vermouth into an old-fashioned glass almost filled with ice cubes. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Amaretto Valentines Seduction Cocktail

Ingredients: 2oz Lemon Lime Soda, 0.5 oz Amaretto, 1 cup Ice, 2 oz Orange juice
1 oz Peach Schnapps, 0.5 oz Sweet and Sour mix, 1 oz Triple sec

Method: Combine all ingredients together in a blender, with or without ice. Blend well, pour over ice (if not already used) in a hurricane glass and serve.

 

Caribbean Romance Cocktail for St Valentines Day

Ingredients : 1 oz Amaretto, 1 splash Grenadine, 1.5 oz Orange juice, 1.5 oz Pineapple Juice, 1.5 oz White Rum
Method : Pour the rum, amaretto, orange juice and pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker that is half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes, and float grenadine on top. Garnish with slices of orange, lemon or lime, and serve.

Accompany the cocktails with:

Aphrodisiac Valentines Plate. Place the the following foods on an elegant serving platter - cubes of different types of cheeses, large stuffed black olives, large stuffed green olives, assorted pickled vegetables and hot peppers, and smoked oysters. Finger feed each other to make it very erotic.

Cleopatra's Stuffed Caramel Walnuts ..a superb Valentines day recipe
It is said this delicacy was fed by Cleopatra to her lovers to give them energy. Mix some almond paste with some orange extract. Spread this between two walnut halves. Melt some caramel candies with 2 Tbsp. water in the microwave and stir until smooth. Dip each whole walnut in the melted caramel and place on waxed paper to harden.

 

 

VALENTINE RECIPES FOR A CANDLELIT DINNER FOR TWO

Although the preceding St Valentine's Day Recipes will have been fun and set the scene for the day, the time has now come for the "piece de resistance"! Now that the evening is well under way with some of those beautiful St Valentine's Day Cocktail recipes, it is time to light the fires of love with oysters, asparagus and more and get the dinner under way. Keep lighting subtle and intimate. Arrange some romantic and relaxing dinner music, light scented candles for ambience, use your best available china, crystal and cutlery. Dress the table with flowers, candles and napkins, all in a consistent colour scheme. Red or pink are probably the most romantic. Following are a few suggestions to help you decide which of the delicious St Valentine's Day recipes you are going to chose for this special occasion. Avoid anything too filling (feeling bloated is not romantic), things which are difficult to eat (spaghetti can cause a mess) shellfish that need extracting (oysters are the exception as once prepared, they are pretty straightforward, and, of course, the final thing to avoid is anything your partner doesn't like!

Starters

Heart-Shaped Smoked Salmon..a romantic Valentines day recipe !
This looks attractive, feels indulgent, and goes very well with a glass of champagne.

Ingredients: Bread - sliced wholemeal (1 slices per person) , Small tub soft cheese, Smoked Salmon, Lemon slices , Fresh Dill to garnish (optional)

Method: Spread 2 slices of bread with soft cheese , Cover the soft cheese with a layer of smoked salmon. Make a heart shape per slice of bread . Arrange on a plate and garnish with a slice of lemon and a piece of dill. A squeeze of lemon on the salmon adds to the flavour.

Dessert Pear with Smoked Salmon and Peppered Cream

Ingredients: 2 dessert pears, 1 x 80gm pkt peppered Boursin cheese, 225gms (8ozs) smoked salmon, 4 anchovy fillets - optional, 4 thin slices fresh lemon - optional, fresh parsley sprigs, 4 thin slices brown bread, buttered and cut into quarters - optional

Method: Skin the pears and cut in half lengthways, remove the stalk and fill the cavity with peppered Boursin and place, cut side down, on individual plates. Cover each pear with strips of smoked salmon and top with a curled anchovy fillet. Garnish the tip of the pear with a lemon slice and a sprig of fresh parsley. Serve with brown bread and butter.

Main Course:- Mix & Match these main course suggestions according to the time you have available and the tastes of you and your loved one.

Chicken Escalopes , Continental Salad and French Fries

Ingredients : One large/two small chicken breast fillets, Flour, 1 egg, 3 slices older wholemeal bread, Olive oil

Salad and Dressing Ingredients: Pack of Continental Salad, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Mustard and Frozen Fries


Home-made escalopes can be prepared ahead of time - you can do the first 5 steps the night before. If you're worried about the salad dressing, bottled ones are so good now that they are a suitable substitute (homemade ones can also be prepared the night before).

  1. Cut the breast fillets in half
  2. Sprinkle a plate with a good layer of flour, mixed with salt and pepper to
  3. Beat an egg well in a cup, then pour onto a second plate.
  4. Make breadcrumbs from the sliced bread using a liquidiser or grater then put the breadcrumbs on a third plate.
  5. Coat both sides of each chicken breast with first flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.

    The meal does not take long to cook, and can be done after you have had your starter, so you can linger over your champagne.
  6. Put the chip pan on
  7. Toss the salad in a large bowl and take it to the table. Make sure your partner has a full glass .
  8. Heat some oil in a large frying pan. Make sure it is hot before you add the escalopes .
  9. Cook the fries when the chip pan is hot, and keep an eye on them as they cook much more quickly than fatter chips.
  10. When one side is golden brown, turn them over.
  11. When both escalopes and fries are ready, serve immediately.

Sirloin steak with green peppercorn sauce

Baked Potato with Sour Cream
Tossed Salad

 

Prepare the Baked Potatoes first.

 

Baked Potato - Ingredients
2 fat, floury potatoes (maris piper, king edward or marfona are all good bakers)
olive oil, tub of sour cream, flaked sea salt

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
2. Wash the potatoes well, dry them and prick several times with a fork. Pour some olive oil into your hands and rub over the potatoes, then scatter over some sea salt which should stick to the oil. Place directly on the shelf in the oven and bake for a good 1¼-1½ hours, depending on the size of the potato. When cooked, the potato should be golden and crispy on the outside and give a little when squeezed. Serve split open with lots of sour cream.

When the potatoes are almost finished start on the steaks.

Steak with Peppercorn Sauce : Ingredients
2 x 225g thick, well marbled sirloin steaks, 25g Butter, 2 tsp green peppercorns, in brine, 1 small garlic clove, crushed to a paste with salt, 1 tbsp Cognac, 2 tsp Dijon Mustard, 100ml whipping Cream

Method:
1.Heat a heavy-based frying pan until very hot. Generously season the fatty edges of the steaks with salt. Pressed together as one double thickness steak, put them fatty-edge down into the dry pan. Turn down the heat to medium and cook until they have crisped up and exuded their fat into the pan.

2. Once the fat is crisped, lay the steaks flat in the pan and cook for a couple of minutes each side, or until cooked to your liking. Lift out and keep warm on the plate whilst you make the sauce.

3. Tip up the pan and remove the pool of fat with kitchen paper, but do not wipe out the crispy bits. Add the butter. When it froths add the green peppercorns and squash some of them into the butter using the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in the garlic and cognac and bubble for a few moments.

4. Whisk in the mustard and cream. Simmer, whisking occasionally, until the sauce has a good consistency. Serve with the steaks.

 

Tossed Salad

Ingredients : Mixed Lettuce Leaves, 3 tomatoes, 1 red onion, 1 avocado pear, feta cheese cubes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil

Method : Put the mixed lettuce leaves into a salad bowl and add sliced tomatoes, cubed avocado pear, sliced red onions and cubes of feta cheese. Pour over one third of a cup of dressing made up of two thirds balsamic vinegar and one third olive oil.

Desserts

Butterfinger Crème Brûlée Recipe

Ingredients : 1/4 C. (about half 2.1 oz bar) finely chopped Nestle Butterfinger Candy Bar, divided , 2 C. heavy whipping cream , 10 Tsps. granulated sugar, pinch of salt ,4 large egg yolks , 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method : Preheat oven to 300°F. Place 1 tablespoon Butterfinger pieces into each of four 6 ounce custard cups.

Place cream, 7 tablespoons sugar and salt in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Beat egg yolks in medium bowl; gradually whisk cream mixture into egg yolks. Stir in vanilla extract.

Pour cream mixture through a fine sieve into prepared cups. Place cups in 9-inch-square baking pan; fill pan with hot water to 1-inch depth. Loosely cover with foil.

Bake for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until knife inserted in centers comes out clean. Remove to wire rack to cool slightly. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Sprinkle each crème brûlée evenly with remaining sugar. Broil until sugar is melted and caramelized. Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes or until caramel has hardened.

Raspberry Truffle Cream Pie

Ingredients: 1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Raspberry Chips , 1/3 cup milk
2 cups miniature marshmallows or 20 large marshmallows , 3-1/2 cups (8 oz.) frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed , 1 packaged crumb crust (6 oz.) , Additional whipped topping (optional)

Method : Place raspberry chips and milk in large microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.

Add marshmallows; microwave at HIGH 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until marshmallows are melted when stirred.

Spread 1/2 cup chip mixture over bottom of crust.

Cool remaining mixture to room temperature; fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Cover; refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until firm.

Garnish with whipped topping, if desired. Cover; refrigerate leftover pie.

Sweetheart Chocolate Cheesecake valentines recipes

Ingredients for Chocolate Crumb Crust : 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 45 wafers), 6 tablespoons powdered sugar, 6 tablespoons powdered unsweetened cocoa
6 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

Ingredients for filling : Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened, 1 1/4 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/2 cup dairy sour cream, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 3 eggs

Method: Chocolate Crumb Crust :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together wafer crumbs, powdered sugar, 6 tablespoons cocoa and the melted butter or margarine. Press mixture onto bottom and to 1-inch up side of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 8 minutes. Cool slightly.

Method to make Cheesecake :
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Beat in sour cream. Add cocoa and flour; beat until blended. Add eggs; beat just until blended. Pour batter into prepared crust.

Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F. Continue baking for 40 minutes or until set. Remove from oven to wire rack. With knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool completely; remove side of pan. Cover; refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.

Just before serving, garnish with chocolate-covered strawberries, or other topping, if desired. Cover; refrigerate leftover cheesecake.

Cheeseboard: Small amounts of two or three of your loved one's favourite cheese in the centre of the board, surrounded by some oatcakes and grapes.

COFFEE & MINT CHOCOLATES to finish - if you can find any room!

 


 

 

 

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