Romantic Recipes Ideas for a Sweet Valentine’s at Home

Posted on 10 Jan 2017 by Anna Scott
Everyone loves a slap-up meal and Valentine’s Day might seem like the perfect opportunity for splashing out, but maybe this year it’s time to look at it from a different angle. Sitting in a restaurant with a load of other couple doesn’t exactly scream intimacy so instead, think about opting for the slightly more personal touch by preparing a meal yourself. We’ve complied some recipe ideas for a simple starter, main and dessert as well as a few tips on what to avoid when deciding on your romantic dish of choice. Because cooking with love is a great idea but food also comes with many side effects that might not add to the romantic atmosphere…



  • Cook something TOO rich or filling. Indigestion does not an intimate evening make.

  • Same goes for strong flavours. We all love a heavy dose of garlic and chilli every now and again, but there’s a time and a place and Valentine’s Day isn’t it.


  • Keep it simple. This doesn’t have to mean basic and unimpressive, because if you use good quality ingredients then the flavours will shine through.

  • Check for allergies beforehand. You don’t want your Valentine’s evening to end with a trip to A&E.

  • Practice the recipe first if you get the chance. You don’t want to end up with an undercooked/overcooked disaster on the night.



A starter you can share is a great option and you don’t get much simpler than Baked Camembert. All you have to do is keep it in the box it comes in (just remove the lid and the plastic wrapping before placing it back in) then score the top of the cheese with a knife and insert some sprigs of rosemary and thyme. Bake at 180 degrees centigrade for 20-25 minutes and serve with your favourite crusty bread. You can even put some mixed crushed nuts on the side to dip the bread and cheese into as well.



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Main Course

Going back to the first point we made about not going overboard with the richness, we reckon Baked Salmon Parcels are an ideal option here. Prepare two boneless salmon fillets (make sure they are the same thickness by placing them on foil squares (large enough to wrap them in), then top with salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprig of fresh thyme. Make sure the parcels are sealed before baking them in the oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees centigrade. At the same time, season and roast some good quality cherry tomatoes still on the vine and roast too, then serve both with boiled and buttered new potatoes.



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A homemade cheesecake is a remarkable thing – perfect on its own but easy to dress up with suitably romantic accompaniments if you so desire. For a Classic Baked Cheesecake it’s best to prepare the day before. To make the base, combine 60g of melted unsalted butter and 140g of crushed digestive biscuits and pressed into the base of a 23cm cake tin. Beat 500g of cream cheese until soft, then stir in 200g caster sugar, 4 tablespoons of double cream and 30g of cornflour. Beat 4 large eggs then add to the mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour on top of the base and bake at 100 degrees centigrade for 1 to 1 and a half hours. There should still be a slight wobble in the middle when ready. Once cooled, dust with icing sugar and serve with fresh raspberries on the side.



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See, you don’t have to opt for some complicated culinary concoction to be romantic, and these simple recipes avoid many of the pitfalls associated with home cooking. Now all you have to do is invest in some candles to create a bit of atmosphere and your Valentine’s Day at home is sorted!

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