If you’re not a natural in the kitchen then Valentine’s Day can be a little bit scary. It’s natural to want to impress your other half in a display of just how special they are to you, and one of the best ways to do this is by putting all of your love and attention into making a delicious meal you can share.
Now, this doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. There are plenty of ways to make a delicious feast even if you don’t have the culinary prowess of Jamie Oliver. Here we’ve come up with some simple, tasty dinner ideas that even the least confident chef can whip up.
If you’re really worried about putting together a Valentine’s feast then tapas is the route you need to go down. Head to your local supermarket, or visit a local deli if you really want a treat, and stock up on delicious morsels that are sure to bring a hint of Spanish delight to your evening of love. Think marinated olives, chorizo and cured meats, stuffed peppadew peppers and a selection of delicious cheeses, as well as plenty of yummy breads to mop up all of the wonderful oils. Want to try your hand at cooking? Smoky chicken skewers or flash fried prawns in a bath of gorgeous olive oil, garlic and parsley are sure to be a hit.
Breakfast for dinner
For many budding chefs, breakfast feels like the least threatening meal of the day. If you’re worried about whipping up a feast this Valentine’s Day then why not have a delicious decadent breakfast for dinner, with a whole host of special sweet and savoury options. Crepes or pancakes stacked with berries and syrup, smoked salmon and poached eggs or shop-bought waffles warmed and piled high with bananas and caramel – whatever you fancy, it’s sure to be a success. Wash it down with a spicy Bloody Mary or a glass of something sparkly, and eat it in bed to truly top off the evening.
Italian food is one of the most romantic cuisines out there, and it can be deceptively easy to put together. Take a leaf out of the tapas book and start with a selection of delicious antipasti, from olives and marinated artichokes to delicate slices of prosciutto, sundried tomatoes and marinated peppers. Then, move onto a quick and easy spaghetti dish, focusing on letting the fresh flavours shine through. A traditional carbonara, with lashings of parmesan, is always a hit, or serve ribbons of tagliatelle with fresh pesto and roasted cherry tomatoes.
Stock up on some delicious wine, or their favourite drink, and buy a delicious dessert to share and you’re on a surefire road to success. Don’t get stressed out this Valentine’s Day; you want to make sure you enjoy yourself, after all!
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