Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year which is great for enjoying the evening with a loved one (or a group of friends if you are feeling sociable or are unattached). However, going to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth. Struggling to get a reservation at your favourite place then dealing with the crowds and overworked staff makes entertaining at home look like an attractive option. Save the restaurant visit for the following week, when the crowds have died down and you can really enjoy yourself. A home cooked meal is also a great idea if you’re watching your budget. The following dishes can be made for a fraction of what a restaurant would charge.
If you’re staying in, an elegant menu is in order. The main dish (ribs or osso buco), potato and pudding recipes are designed to make four servings so you can either invite some friends to join you, cut the recipes in half or enjoy leftovers the next day. Half bottles of sparkling wines and red wines are usually available if you’re serving two people and don’t want to go overboard.
A Valentine’s Day Menu for 2 or 4 people
Champagne or sparkling wine
Smoked Salmon Spread with crackers OR a Selection of Freshly Shucked Oysters
A bold red wine, such as Sangiovese, Barolo or Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany the main course
Ice Wine Cocktails with a selection of cheeses
Chocolate Truffles (purchased from a good chocolate shop)
Bon Appétit and Happy Valentine’s Day!