It may fall on a Thursday, but you can still spoil your partner with a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner that’s easy to make. From mood-setting snacks to simple supper ideas and fancy drinks, here’s our guide to the ultimate Valentine's Day dinner.
A dozen red roses are all well and good, but roses you can eat make an even tastier table setting. These gorgeous cake pop roses will set the scene for a delicious night in.
Make like the Italians and kick things off with a glass of sgroppino, a special sweet cocktail made by pouring a mix of Prosecco and a little vodka over a scoop of lemon, raspberry or strawberry sorbet.
Pink is the colour of love, and beetroots make beautiful, vibrant food that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Try starting your feast by dipping pitta into a fuchsia-coloured beetroot dip or tucking into a slice of this pretty beetroot and red onion quiche.
If work or other commitments mean you've got very little time to prepare, a simple main is what you need. Flavoured with just butter, black pepper and Parmesan, cacio e pepe is a luxurious pasta dish made in minutes. Or for an easy twist on a steak supper, try this recipe for quick-cook spiced lamb steaks, flavoured with harissa and served with creamy houmous and yogurt.
Bring a little extra spice to the table by opting for something a little more exotic. We love the sticky, sweet and spicy combination of flavours in this classic kung pao beef recipe, or the smoky Middle Eastern-inspired spices covering these cauliflower steaks. What's more, both recipes are ready in under half an hour.
For something a little more relaxed, say 'I love you' with a heavenly homemade pizza, topped with your Valentine’s favourite things; from a Florentine with crispy ham and egg, to an ultra creamy bianca pizza.
Nothing casts a spell like a deliciously indulgent chocolate dessert, and you can’t beat this oozing chocolate and peanut butter fondant for ultimate 'oooohhh' factor. Cooked in just 20 minutes, this impressive pud is a lot easier to make than you might think.
Cosying up on the sofa with a romantic film after dinner is surely the perfect end to the night, so ensure you've got a sweet treat on hand. These salted caramel popcorn bites are the perfect choice, sweet, chewy, crunchy and chocolately all rolled into one.
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