Food is an expression of love and nothing says “I love you” more than taking the time to make something from scratch for a person you care about. Here are 6 easy ideas that you can use that will surely surprise and wow that special someone this Valentine’s Day.
Red Velvet Pancakes
Starting off with this is a bit cliché, but come on! Who wouldn’t appreciate red velvet pancakes? Do not be ashamed to buy a premade pancake mix. The secret here is to add cocoa powder and a touch of red food colouring to give it that inviting red colour. Don’t forget to top them off with cream cheese frosting (Cream cheese and powdered sugar).
If you want to take that extra leap to make these from scratch make sure to take a look at this video recipe below!
Rossini / Bellini
Nothing starts off a romantic evening better than a glass of wine. Make it interesting this time, make a Rossini or Bellini! Just to clarify. No, I don’t mean Rossini the classical composer and Bellini the bar in Paceville. I’m talking about cocktails.
The process for both is quite simple. For a Rossini, get a few strawberries and a tablespoon of sugar. For a Bellini, get a few Peaches and a tablespoon of sugar. Pulp or blend until smooth. This final step the same for both. Just add Prosecco, a light sparkling Italian wine (that I’m sure you will love if you have never tried before). Serve with a fruit garnish and that’s it.
Videos for both are below:
A pastry is so easy yet so elegant if done right. The best part about this statement? It’s very hard to go wrong here. Get yourself a sheet of puff pastry and go wild! Savoury or sweet, the filling is in your hands. Two tips that you should follow when it comes to pastry are:
Do not over fill – It it’s a really pity to see the filling just burst out whilst baking. Make sure to calculate the right amount of filling and you’re golden.
Egg wash = Glue – Egg wash (beaten eggs) acts like a glue when it comes to pastry. If you are closing something up make sure to brush some egg wash on the sides to seal it shut.
Still not convinced that it’s this easy? Here is a video of Savoury Salmon Puffs I had shot a while back.
There is something romantic about risotto. Rather than the end product, it’s the process. To make a good risotto, it needs your constant attention. Be it from adding stock when it needs more to the constant stirring, the beauty here is that you can get the other person involved. Cooking for someone is romantic, but cooking with someone is a whole other level… Just remember to keep your eye on the rice!
Here is an easy mushroom risotto recipe:
However you can be creative also when it comes to risotto. The secret is in the stock. Make sure the stock compliments the highlight of the dish. Case in point with my Lobster Risotto, the stock used featured the lobster carcass.
Everyone loves a light creamy desert so how can you go wrong with a no bake cheesecake! You don’t need to go for the classical cake format, use cups instead.
The recipe is so so simple!
For the base layer crush some digestive biscuits and mix with melted butter. For the cream mixture add whipping cream, cream cheese, lemon juice and granulated sugar and whisk until peaks are formed. Add that on top of the base layer. Top it with whatever your heart desires, I would however suggest some seasonal berries.
The recipe is as follows:
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
I don’t think I need to explain this one, you all know what you need to do!
Wishing you all have a Happy Valentine’s Day!