This Valentine's Day, why not wow your love by laying on a carefully prepared feast? And before you dig out the takeaway menus, it's perfectly possible to whip up an impressive spread without too much time spent in the kitchen.
Apron on, chopping board at the ready, and Prosecco in the fridge? Okay, here we go...
Meet and greet your date at the door with one of these bright red Cupid's cocktails. It packs a perfect punch with gin, grapefruit juice, pomegranate, and Prosecco – bound to hit the spot.
I love you from my head to-ma-toes
These Mediterranean-inspired tarts are 'heart' to resist and can be made in a flash – perfect if you're short on time but still want to deliver a feast for your favourite. Use some ready rolled puff pastry, add some sundried tomato pesto and a sprinkle of goat's cheese and voila! An adorable starter, perfect for nibbling.
nutty over you
Show your Valentine that you're nuts (for them) with these delicious Asian-inspired satay chicken skewers. They'd make a delicious starter, or could be partnered with a zingy citrus salad for a main.
love me tender
Want to really raise the steaks? Cook your beloved a steak! Not just any steak though, a steak cleverly seasoned with coffee to bring out the best flavour. Serve it with matchstick fries for a heart-winning main.
If your Valentine doesn't eat meat, you could switch things up with a cauliflower take – super thoughtful and super tasty, it's a guaranteed brownie-point winner!
FOND-UE OF YOU
The quickest, most romantic dessert has to be chocolate fondue. No matter how pressed for time you are, we reckon you can manage this one – just prepare the chocolate sauce ahead of time and warm it up before serving. You can serve it with whatever you like; fresh fruit, marshmallows, pretzels or biscuits will pair wonderfully.
If there's one thing that's guaranteed to impress your Valentine, it's homemade cherry profiteroles. And they're really not as tricky to make as you might think.
All you need is eggs, butter and flour to create the light pastry, and cutting the little buns in half makes them easy to fill with whipped cream and cherries. The pièce de résistance? That oozing, dark chocolate sauce drizzled over the top. Pure decadence.
share the love
Another fantastically speedy dessert, this brownie milkshake is the work of mere moments and yet it couldn't be more romantic. This decadent, chocolate brownie and raspberry masterpiece is creamy, rich and perfect for sharing – just add two straws. It gets a big thumbs up from us...
Let's get fizzical
A special occasion calls for a special bottle of bubbles, so this February 14th why not pick up this bargain bottle of Champagne in store! The best news is that your Valentine needn't know the price... you generous so and so! Don't forget to top your glasses with a sliver of strawberry to ramp up the romance.