Valentine’s Day Romantic Menu Ideas, Tips and Tricks
There is a saying that states that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Let’s be honest: no woman will stay off a mouthwatering meal either. With this in mind, we bet you want to treat your beloved to a tempting, scrumptious Valentine’s Day dinner! But we know nobody wants to swelter in the kitchen for 5 hours in a row. This is why we’d like to offer you a few easy and yummy Valentine’s Day recipes, share a few tricks and secret aphrodisiac ingredients that will help you cook an unforgettable romantic dinner to set the tone of the whole night!
Every sight and every sound
- Lay the table beforehand; make ample use of tiny details that will help set the mood: delicate napkins, beautiful candles, champagne glasses. Top it off with a handful of rose petals scattered about the table.
- Have you ever heard of a romantic dinner without a bottle of champagne? That’s right, you haven’t. Champagne is essential to the atmosphere of St. Valentine’s Day! If you are looking for an alternative, choose Prosecco or Cava. And if you’re afraid that the sort you chose is not too good on its own, make a berry fizz like this Blackberry Gin Fizz or pour a little Cassis into the flute before you fill it with champagne.
- If you haven’t decided on your romantic menu yet, here’s an idea: look for recipes that include aphrodisiac ingredients. We’re sure you know about the stimulating qualities of wine, chocolate and oysters, but there are less obvious options like fennel, pine nuts or vanilla that you can use in various easy, yet delicious Valentine’s Day recipes like this Mediterranean Roast Chicken Breast to turn up the heat of the night.
Grow your love by sharing
- If you are a good planner, you may go for the option of cooking a three-course romantic dinner in advance and reheating it on Valentine’s Day. But if your time-managing skills leave much to be desired, opt for some really easy romantic recipes that won’t need more than 20 minutes of hands-on time. For a starter, buy some luxury antipasti/seafood and make a No-cook Sharing platter.
- You don’t want to crowd the oven or overstrain yourself, believe us! This is why the main course of your romantic dinner can also be about sharing. Try cooking this Baked Salmon with Potatoes and Asparagus - it will not only save your energy, but stimulate interaction as well.
A little chocolate doesn't hurt
- Now that you’ve shared two dishes, it’s time to go for an individual treat. Cook this Tia Maria and chocolate creams recipe and decorate it using a heart-shaped cookie cutter (if you don’t have one, do buy it; it will also help to make a romantic gift for your sweetheart – a box of homemade heart-shaped cookies).
Tips and Tricks
You can go for any other recipes you’d want to surprise your beloved with. However, we recommend that you try a few of these universal tips that can help you ginger up any recipe:
- Add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar/olive oil to your main course or starter, sprinkle it with finely chopped fresh herbs or decorate with a whole sprig. You can also serve your main dish/starter on a handful of rocket leaves, add Melba toast and top it off with fresh ground black pepper, a dollop of crème fraîche or parmesan crisps.
- Enjoy your puddings/desserts to the best advantage with a dollop of whipped cream and/or fresh seasonal fruit. You can also sprinkle them with confectionary sugar, powdered cocoa or cinnamon (use a tea strainer or a fine sieve) and decorate with a sprig of mint.
We hope that our easy Valentine’s Day recipes and clever tricks will help you spend a most enjoyable dinner (and night!) with your sweetheart! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Recipes used in this post:
- Blackberry Gin Fizz
- Mediterranean Roast Chicken Breast
- No-cook Sharing platter
- Baked Salmon with Potatoes and Asparagus
- Tia Maria and chocolate creams