By Elaine Lemm
Valentines is a day for romance and what better way to woo your significant other than with a romantic dinner for two. The dinner should not be complicated or have you dashing around when time is better spent with your loved one.
So choose from this selection of Valentines recipes, they are easy to make so no need to panic and some can be prepared in advance. Plus, the tips on surviving Valentines Day will help with any stress you may have.
A romantic dinner for two needs to be light and uncomplicated. A starter which can be made in advance helps make things easier.
A classic for a starter are oysters perhaps because they are considered an aphrodisiac? Perfect for romance. You can serve the oysters fresh and unadorned, or how about Warm Oysters with Chive Sauce so light and easy to prepare and cook. If you are anxious about choosing oysters,have a look at this simple guide.
Prawn Cocktail is another light and easy starter and again can be made in advance which makes it a good choice.
Make a light, simple soup such as Pea and Mint Soup or favourite Carrot and Ginger.
For ultimate sophistication how about a little Asparagus? It is not the season for British asparagus so you will have to rely on imported but you are forgiven this once. Like oysters, asparagus is thought to be an aphrodisiac and when served simply with butter or a butter sauce, is apparently considered a little erotic! If that's too much for you can also make the asparagus into Asparagus and Smoked Haddock Fishcakes, a little more subtle but also delicious.
Like the starters keep the main course simple so you don't spend the evening in the kitchen. Choose something which can be made in advance and simply needs to be whipped out of the oven at the last minute. Perfect is a Venison Pie. You can make the filling in advance and finish just before the meal. At dinner, place the pie in the center of the table and share.
Another great sharing dish is a Wild Mushroom Lasagna . This is an exotic dish of earthy wild mushrooms and for a touch more elegance sprinkle with truffle oil before serving. Pop it in the middle of the table and dig in. By the way, this is a perfect dish for vegetarians.
If you prefer something lighter then consider fish. This Sea Bass with Lemon Potatoes is perfect in its lightness. Prepare to the cooking point and store, then pop it into the oven as you sit down to your long, lingering starter and it will be ready when you finish. How easy.