5 recipes to prepare for your significant other this Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day will arrive in the blink of an eye and so it’s a good idea to consider what you and your partner are going to do to celebrate the day. While it’s nice to eat out, Valentine’s Day makes restaurants crowded which can sometimes impact on service and food quality.

This is why it might be a good idea to treat your partner to a home cooked meal. With this in mind, here are five recipes to consider preparing on the day:

 

The romantic roast

Roast dinners are synonymous with comfort and served with love – making one the perfect dish to create on Valentine’s. Whether you have a range oven from the likes of Fisher & Paykel or a smaller built in style – it’s a meal anyone can create.

Here are five elements of a roast to cook and serve on that special day:

 

  1. Roast beef

Beef is loved by many as it can be cooked to taste – with the more adventurous preferring it pinker inside. Here’s how to cook it perfectly with plenty of taste:

 

You will need:

  • Joint of beef
  • olive oil
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • Rosemary, thyme and sage – these can be fresh or dried.

 

Method:

  1. Chop the vegetables and place these in a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Rub oil, herbs and seasoning – salt and pepper – on the beef then simply place this on top of the vegetables in the tray.
  3. Cook on gas mark 6/200°C for an hour to serve it medium – so it is a little pink in the middle. If you prefer medium rare remove it from the oven 10-15 minutes earlier.

 

 

  1. Dauphinoise potatoes

Delicious and creamy – Dauphinoise potatoes are indulgent but easy to cook and make an impression, while working perfectly alongside that roast beef.

 

You will need:

  • Baking potatoes – one for each person
  • 500ml double cream
  • Grated mature cheese to top
  • 3 cloves of garlic

 

Method:

  1. Slice the potatoes into thin slices and move into a mixing bowl – season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Grate the garlic bulbs onto the potatoes.
  3. Pour the double cream over your potatoes and mix.
  4. Move the potatoes into a gratin dish – place the slices in rows so they are just overlapping.
  5. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top and then place the dish in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Test the potatoes with a fork and once soft they are ready.

 

 

  1. Yorkshire puddings

It’s easy to pick up frozen Yorkshires and to pop these in the oven but making your own is satisfying and relatively simple.

 

You will need:

  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 4 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons of cold water
  • 4 tablespoons of warm milk

 

Method:

  1. Start by sieving the flour into a bowl.
  2. Mix the egg, warm milk and cold water in a jug then slowly add this to the flour – mixing continually.
  3. Leave the mixture to stand at room temperature for an hour.
  4. Place ½ teaspoon of lard or fat to a muffin tin and put this in the oven, once it is smoking add the mixture.
  5. Cook after everything else at 230°C for 15-20 minutes or until the Yorkshires have risen. This will also give the beef time to rest and the rest of the meal can be left in a top oven to warm.

 

 

  1. Italian peas

Skip the usual roasted vegetables and do something a little different with Italian peas that are tasty and the perfect green accompaniment to your Valentine’s dinner.

 

You will need:

  • Frozen garden peas
  • ½ onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chicken stock
  • Olive oil

 

Method:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.
  2. Add the garlic and onions and cook for five minutes.
  3. Add the frozen peas and stir in the chicken stock – cook for around ten minutes until the peas are tender.

 

 

  1. Gravy

Gravy can be much more than just adding some granules to boiling water – here’s how to enhance yours:

 

You will need:

  • Beef gravy granules – Bisto Best is a good choice
  • Beef juices
  • Plain flour – to thicken up mixture
  • Water

 

Method:

  1. Heat up water in a saucepan and add two tablespoons of gravy granules – mix.
  2. Pour in a little of the beef fat and stir this in – add more to taste.
  3. Sieve a teaspoon of plain flour into the saucepan if you want to thicken up the gravy.

 

Ready to serve up the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner? Follow these recipes and finish off with a box of chocolates for dessert and some wine while chilling on the sofa!

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