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Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu Ideas

If you’re thinking of staying in for a candlelit dinner for two to celebrate Valentine’s day, I have some loved-up menu ideas which are all about pure indulgence! My favourite options for romance are as follows:

Rhubarb and Vodka Love Potion

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Crab and Prawn Coconut Soup

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Gambas Pil Pil

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Venison with Red Wine and Chocolate Sauce and Celeriac and Apple Puree

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Chicken Wrapped in Parma Ham

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Profiteroles

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Espresso Panna Cotta

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Lemon Tart

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All Three!!!!!

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Chocolate Cocktail

Tip…

Both of the starters can be prepared in advance as can all three of the dessert options.

Inspired by…

My love of cooking and sharing food with those I love xx

How easy…

The starters and desserts are all easy and can be prepared in advance. Both of the main course take a little time and attention but are sooooooo worth it and will be appreciated. The cocktails, to start and finish should be done together I think! (The base for the chocolate cocktail can be made in advance).

New Year’s Eve Dinner

I always think that a New Year’s Eve dinner with family and friends should be a wonderful relaxed indulgence, even though the excesses of Christmas are still lingering. So, our menu for tomorrow evening marries indulgence with ease: tried and tested dishes that can be mainly prepared in advance, assuring me that I can be chatting, sipping and merrymaking rather than glowing over a hot stove. Cheers and an early ‘Happy New Year’!

What we’re having…

Gambas Pil Pil

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Just Gorgeous Beef Casserole with Red Wine and Cinnamon

Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes, Broccoli Sautéed in Garlic and Pancetta

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Anglo Italian Trifle

Coffee and Kahlua Ice Cream

Preparation…

The raw prawns are marinating in oil, garlic and chilli in the fridge, prepped this morning.

The beef is marinating in red wine, garlic, bay leaves and cinnamon in the fridge, prepped this morning. The casserole will be finished off tomorrow afternoon and left to create its magic in the oven for 2 hours, 30 minutes.

The potatoes will be prepared tomorrow morning and then popped in a plastic bag into the fridge before being tossed onto a baking dish and oven-roasted for 40 minutes.

The broccoli will be boiled to al dente tomorrow morning, cooled and popped into the fridge. I’ll sauté them just before serving main course.

I’m going to turn my hand to the trifle in a minute and will then pop it into the fridge to gather flavours (or marinate!) overnight.

The ice cream was whipped up in 15 minutes this morning and is now in the freezer.

Job done! Looking forward to a lovely relaxed evening and a brand spanking new year! xx

 

Gambas Pil Pil copy

 

 

 

Beef Casserole with Red Wine and Cinnamon copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anglo Italian Trifle 2 copy_1     Coffee & Kahlua Ice cream 1 copy

 

Spring Dinner for 4

Good friends coming around for dinner tonight and we’re really looking forward to catching up, sharing time, wine and food with them. The menu is a combination of some of my favourite dishes, tried out and enjoyed thanks to my blog!

Thai Crab Poppadam Canapés

Chicken Liver Paté with Brandy

Chicken Wrapped in Parma Ham with Mascarpone Peas and Rosemary and Garlic Parmentier Potatoes

The Yummiest Profiteroles (Connagh’s favourite, hence his quality control test here ‘Oh wow Mum!!!’

Light and Zesty Lemon Tart

Happy Friday! xx