One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ―Virginia Woolf
A quote that I couldn’t agree with more!
If you are one of those very people that hasn’t dined well recently and are perhaps in need of something overly indulgent then read on. Or if you are on the search for something special to make to demonstrate how much you love your Valentine, here’s a selection of fabulously extravagant, and fabulously not-so-extravagant Valentine’s recipes. Or you could always leave this page open in the hope that they cook you something? Check out these easy and romantic recipe ideas!
Valentine’s Day breakfast recipes
Start the most romantic day of the year off with a breakfast that could have been cooked by Cupid himself. Being presented with a plate of A Modern Mother’s Nutella Pancakes would melt the hardest of hearts first thing in the morning wouldn’t it? And then there’s what has to be one of the most luxurious breakfasts ever – Eggs Benedict -Kate on Thin Ice shows us how it’s done! Can anything say “I love you” more than making something exclusively for them?
Valentine’s Day lunch recipes
Now with breakfast out of the way, here are a few ideas for a light lunch for your loved one. Coombe Mill’s Butternut Squash & Fig Salad is as pretty as a picture, and healthy on top of that! Or how about Honest Mum’s Pan Fried Chilli and Ginger Scallops for a delicious romantic midday banquet? This next recipe for Spicy Prawns with Chorizo and Feta by MadHouse Family Reviews is guaranteed to put a little fire into any belly.
Valentine’s Day dinner recipe ideas
Moving on to dinner (I do suggest you leave significant enough gaps between courses by the way!) Have you got the kids out of the way, the candles lit and the champers on ice? Then it’s time to get started. To me, simply agreeing to share food is an expression of love in itself, especially when it’s something like Taming Twin’s One Pan Roasted Garlic Macaroni Cheese! Or in the same cheesy vein, how gorgeous does Delicieux’s Tartiflette with Brocolli look? And then there’s this simple but gorgeous Kale with Apple and Bacon from the incredibly talented Appledrane (some temptingly beautiful — left). Or, if your special person is a fan of the spices of life, how about a spicy Tadka Dahl, Steamed Rice and Mughlai Shammi Kebab from The Intrepid Misadventurer?
Valentine’s Day cocktail and dessert recipes
As you might expect with any Valentine’s Food selection – this last section is going to feature a lot of sweet stuff, don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Start by mixing yourself a Super Golden Bakes Cherry Julep (how pretty is this — above?) and then on with the baking and creating! Be good to your (love) heart with Chez Maxima’s boozy Limoncello Cake? Anyonita Nibble’s Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Crunch looks divine, as does Half a Pot of Cream’s Nigella’s Chocolate Cheesecake! I can vouch for this next recipe – Tarte Au Chocolat Orange because I made it – would you like two spoons or just the one? Domestic Goddesque’s Apple Heart Tarts are just so sweet, as is Actually Mummy’s Heart Fudge, and I am pretty sure I could eat it all in one go! Then there are these lovely Raspberry and Coconut Love Cakes from Red Ted Art, and Crazy Kitchen’s perfect Chocolate Shortbread Hearts fit the bill too!
Have a great Valentine’s Day and share recipes of your own in the comments section!
About Emma Raphael
Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children.
Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)!