This Valentine’s day cook up an indulgent meal for two. Or better yet, make the meal together. Plan the menu first and decide on the number of courses you want to have. Since the meal is just for the two of you, choose dishes that are fuss-free and easy to make.
Everything doesn’t have to be shaped like a heart but have a few red ingredients for a more subtle finish. To help you plan your meal, here are some terrific Valentine’s day food ideas.
Various Valentines Day Food Ideas
Tiny Tomato And Cucumber Salad
This salad has plenty of red in it and suits the occasion perfectly. A simple yet delightful combination of fresh pear and cherry tomatoes along with sliced cucumber are the key ingredients.
The salad gets its unique flavor from the grated fresh ginger and sherry vinegar. Serve on a black plate to really bring out the color in the dish.
Vietnamese Chicken & Shrimp Sticks
Who says Valentine’s day food ideas have to be boring or ordinary? Spice up the day with a little South Asian cuisine. The small portions in this dish are just right for two people. Minced chicken, onions, cilantro leaves, eggs and shrimp are combined and molded onto peeled sugarcane sticks and are then grilled evenly for 10 minutes. This quick, flavorful appetizer goes well with a sweet red chilli sauce.
Creamy Potato & Shallot Gratin
Here’s a heart-warming recipe that makes a perfect dish for two. You will need to prepare the gratin one day before, refrigerate and bake it the next day. It is beautifully simple and very filling.
The dish consists of layers of thinly sliced potatoes, shallots and a creamy sauce. Its delicate flavor comes from the bay leaf, thyme leaves and nutmeg seasoning. The gratin can be served with warm garlic bread.
Corn & Bacon Macaroni Pie
If potato and shallots are not on your list of favorite things, try cooking a macaroni pie. The corn and bacon in this dish adds a new twist to the timeless macaroni and cheese preparation. The cheese sauce has the punchy flavors of mustard and Worcestershire sauce and the finely chopped green onions gives the dish some color.
All these ingredients really come together when baked in the pie crust. This macaroni pie will take you a little over an hour to prepare and bake.
These superb mini desserts are from Nigella Lawson’s ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’ cookbook. The snowy meringues are made from beaten egg whites, salt and sugar. A dash of white wine vinegar, vanilla and cornflour are folded in to hold the mixture together.
The meringues need to be baked for 30 minutes and left inside the oven for another 30 minutes. They are finally topped with dollops of whipped cream and red fruit like mulberries, raspberries and strawberries. These mini pavlovas are a perfect end to a lovely meal.
St. Valentine’s Cake
Celebrate Valentine’s day the old-fashioned way with a beautiful heart-shaped St. Valentine’s cake. You will need a basic butter cake baked in a heart shaped pan and rolled white fondant.
Red and green food coloring give the fondant hearts a delightful pink color. The rich orange butter-cream is flavored with orange liqueur and gently sweetened with icing sugar.