With a huge thumbs up from the husband, who pukes at the very thought of forced romance, I have always been working on Valentine’s Day, cooking someone else's heart-shaped meal… leaving him off the hook and tucked up with a gourmet microwave warm-up and a movie.
Valentines is not as easy for some, but it is easily the most unoriginal time of year, branded with pricey red roses and rich twosome menus that guarantee a sore tummy and no nooky.
Have no fear. I’ve put together some delicious fire-starting ideas to up the temperature without having to give in to the cliché of it all.
- Pretend you have sorted the whole evening and booked the ever alarming Valentine’s table for two. Organise a whole lot of your friends to secretly do the same and hey presto, you all arrive at the same place, at the same time, push the tables together and have a blast. Don’t forget to wear some killer underwear to motivate a late nighter when you get home.
- Blindfold your man and play a game. Have things like oysters, fresh strawberries, buttery asparagus, squashy marshmallows, chilli chocolate, litchis wrapped in Parma ham, frozen grapes and seriously good ice cream. Anything with an interesting texture that’s got great flavour. Make him guess what he’s eating… need I say more?
- It sounds too easy, but cook-up a simple dinner that involves his favourite dish, it could be a steak, a curry or a pizza. Light some candles, put on some music and grab a bottle of red. Finish off with some hand fed chocolate truffles. How can you go wrong?
- Have a picnic. In the garden, on the balcony or on the bedroom floor. Grab a whole lot of cheese, cold meats and pates. Add in some seductive and super easy chocolate mousse (we've even got a video for you) to end off with and you’re in for some fun.
- Go huge with bubbly and sushi body shots. No cutlery allowed. I wonder what dessert will be?
And hey, do it anytime of the year, the food of love is you, let your hair down in a blissful haze of deliciousness.
Love and merrymaking,