Valentine's Day - Are you ready?

Many relationship experts swear that one of the secrets to a successful relationship is to share meals with your significant other. If you’re anything like me you’ve not made your reservations on time, and with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, dinner reservations are becoming more impossible to find by the day. No one can deny that it’s nice to head out for a night on the town every now and then, but don’t think that your tantalizing, romantic meal has to come from a red seal chef.

Here’s a helpful guide to create a restaurant style quality three-course meal right in the comfort of your own home.

Ambiance

Creating a cozy ambience for your honey is just as important as the food that you’re going to serve. Start by making the setting special. Break out the nice dishes and the fancy table settings. Pay attention to the small details by creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Set out a few tea lights, or scented votive candles on shelves or nearby surfaces, put some flowers in a vase (doesn't have to be roses), and play some soft and inviting music from a smooth and calming playlist. 

Romance ©OliveandRuby.com

When you’ve set the mood the way you want to, you can focus on creating the right menu for the evening. If you don’t cook regularly, creating the menu for your stay-at-home romance can be a bit of a chore, but with this delicious menu for two, you can wow your partner, with minimal work for you. I’ve designed this menu with ease in mind, allowing you to make certain elements ahead of time and enjoy your evening with your honey, stress free.

Choose your menu

As a starter, a light salad is something that can simply never go wrong. This Kale, Strawberry and Orange salad combines the sweet with the savoury to make the flavours really pop. It’s the perfect way to kick off your meal together.

Kale Salad ©OliveandRuby.com

For the main course I suggest keeping it simple. I found this amazing Curried Roasted Dijon Chicken which can easily be made ahead of time. Reheat before serving and it’ll look like you slaved hours over it. 

Curried Dijon Chicken ©ClosetCooking.com

Serve with Roasted Garlic Green Beans and Oven Roasted Potatoes this is a classic meal with a spicy twist.

A strong finish

Brownies ©OliveandRuby.com

The dessert course should be a jaw dropper, so make and serve these Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies. These little treats are guaranteed to really wow you, and they’re the perfect food to cap off a wonderfully romantic evening for two. These are also easily made the day before, leaving you less time to worry on Valentine’s Day, and more time to play, instead.

As you enjoy your final bites of this spectacular dinner for two, I suggest leaving the dishes for the morning.

 

A special thank you to Kevin Lynch for the permission to reference his recipe and use the photo of the Curried Roasted Dijon chicken which can be found on his website closetcooking.com

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