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Easy Valentines Recipes
Valentines Romantic Dinner
Making Valentines romantic is difficult for some but to prepare a meal that has been cooked by you, will definitely impress.
All you need to do is ensure that the venue is romantic and you can do that by getting some candles and placing them all over the room.
Petals can also be sprinkled over the table, especially if you have a white tablecloth and red rose petals.
Background music should be romantic and soft so that you are able to speak to each other.
The meal to cook should be something that will tantalise her taste buds by being tasty and presentable.
To start off you can get a bottle of wine or champagne.
Great starter choices could be a prawn cocktail, parma ham and melon or you could go for the aphrodisiac, oysters.
Oysters do not need to be prepared and it will save you some time as you work on the main course.
This goes very well with champagne!
If you are not into fish then a great starter to prepare is pear stuffed with mascarpone cheese as it is soft, light and refreshing.
The Main Event
There are a number of recipes to choose from to impress your valentine. For aphrodisiac recipes you could try fillet steak with a chocolate chili sauce.
The fillet is soft and easy to cook, along with the chocolate chili sauce. As a side dish you could have artichokes and a salad.
Cooking the fillet is easy enough because all you have to do is fry it in a little butter and olive oil until it is cooked the way that you like it. Ideally it should be done medium rare to get the full flavour of the meat.
I would buy the artichokes already prepared as this takes really long and it is a delicate process.
For the chocolate chili sauce you need:
2 slabs of dark chocolate (not cooking chocolate)
1 cup of cream
1 ounce of butter
1 teaspoon of chili powder
Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and cook on a low heat until the chocolate has melted. Serve hot or cold.
Do not drown the steak in sauce but sprinkle it around for just a hint to get the flavour.
Home - made Lasagne
- Prep time: 1 hour
- Cook time: 3 hours
- Ready in: 4 hours
- Yields: serves 6
Lasagne for Valentines
If you have the time, Lasagne is a great dish and she will be very impressed that you have gone to so much trouble.
It is a delicious meal and is comfort food, so you will need to find an energetic dessert for after.
Preparing Lasagne takes time but you can do the sauce the night before as it is so much better than next day.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 350grams lean mince
- 1/2 cup wine
- 2 tablespoons salt
- sprinkle black pepper
- 1 tin tomato puree
- pinch sweet basil
- Place your chopped onion, carrot into a saucepan with oil.
- Allow the onion to brown
- Add mince and stir it into the onion mix
- Add wine and allow to soak into the mince
- Add salt, sweet basil and black pepper
- Add puree into the mixture with a glass of water and let it cook on slow for about two hours
After you have prepared the bolognaise sauce you can start on the Bechamel Sauce.
Put 60 grams of butter into a saucepan and allow it to melt.
Add 1/3 cup flour and stir
Take it off the medium heat stove and add 4 1/2 cups of milk then whisk until smooth
Put the mixture back on the stove and stir until it is creamy.
Add a pinch of salt
Grate 250grams of cheddar and 250 grams of mozzarella cheese and stir with a wooden spoon until it is thick and blended into your mixture.
You can make your own but it takes time and patience. Buying them is so much easier and you can find it at almost any grocery store.
Boil a pot of water and add salt, oil and a glass of cold water.
Add two sheets of lasagne at a time and wait until they are semi soft before you take it out of the pot.
Once you have taken the sheets out of the pot you can layer a 13 inch x 9inch pyrex dish but do not forget to butter the dish first or the sheets will stick to the bottom.
After you have added a layer of pasta, add a layer of bolognaise, then another layer of pasta, bechamel, layer of pasta, bolognaise, layer of pasta, bechamel.
The top should have a slight mixture of bolognaise and bechamel just for colour.
Cover the dish with foil and allow it to cook in the oven at 180 degrees for an hour and a half.
Remove the foil and add mozzarella and parmesan (grated) then put the oven on grill until the top cheese goes slightly crispy and golden brown.
After impressing your valentine with the home - made lasagne, finishing off with a dessert is a great idea.
You can stay with the Italian mood by having some Italian kisses (chocolate covered ice- cream) or Tiramisu which is also delicious.
I think that a fabulous idea to keep the romance going is to have a chocolate fondue with fruits such as banana and strawberries. This is absolutely delicious and also light.
Yes there is such a thing and there are so many foods that will tantalise your entire body!
The food will help with the mood but it is up to you to do the rest.
Don't forget candles and soft music, set the table with flowers or champagne and you are good to go!
Happy Valentines Day!
If you have gone to all the trouble of making your valentine a home cooked meal, she will appreciate it and to top it off a romantic dessert will end the night well.
Chocolate fondue is great and you can add some of the extra aphrodisiac foods such as strawberries, bananas and cherries!
After your dessert a nice home - made cappuccino will also be delicious.
Have fun, take your time with the cooking and for a great lasagne, do the bolognaise the night before.
© 2014 Natasha Pelati