Be my Valentine

What is romance?

I don’t think it is being crammed into your local restarant which has been set up to squeeze in as many “tables for two” as possible.

On the other hand what could be more romatic than preparing a delicious meal for your loved one – to eat at your own pace, with a good bottle of wine, in the comfort of your home?

Why not try Savvy Cook’s honey roast chicken recipe? It is easy and delicious and good for you.

Here are some ideas for easy starters and puds:

fresh shell-on prawns with (home made) mayonnaise; serve with fresh brown bread and butter and don’t forget finger bowls with a slice of lemon.

Parma ham or bresola curled over a base of rocket; trickle over some good olive oil.

pears baked in red wine; peel but leave the stalks on. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar per 4 pears and some good quality red wine; cook in a covered dish slowly in the oven at 150 C for about an hour and serve at room temperature with a dollop of creme fraiche.

A slab of good quality dark chocolate and some crystalised stem ginger; really good chocolate raises serotonin levels in the brain (making us feel happy) and it also contains phenylethylamine which is similar to the chemicals released in our bodies when we fall in love.

Have a wonderful 14th of Feb and bon appetit!

Monique

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