Foodie Round-up: Love is in the kitchen

foodie roundupHave you got a card ready to send to the object of your hearts desire? You have? Good.

Now that’s sorted, what are you going to eat on the 14th? If you’re anything like us, you might have stopped going out on Valentine’s Day years ago.  Not because we have been married for a few years, but because an evening full of themed menus, couples gazing into each others eyes on the surrounding tables, and the sheer forcedness of it all can be a bit much. But don’t let me spoil it for those of you who love going out on this romantic day of days because that’s not my intention. However, my intention is to give you a selection of fabulous Valentine’s recipes from across the Blogosphere, to seriously impress your loved ones if you decide to stay at home instead…

The Londoner’s up first with a gorgeous looking version of Baked Camembert… because nothing says “I love you” like agreeing to share food in the first place right?

Or you could perhaps turn your hand to this rather impressive Mushroom Risotto with Chilli Truffle Scallops (in a very professional looking Parmesan bowl) from Franglais Kitchen.

I am also slightly in love with these rather delicious looking Parma Ham and Caramelised Red Onion Valentine’s tarts from Andy’s Kitchen Food Blog .

How about turning your hand to some soufflés?  Maison Cupcake shows us how to make a Goats Cheese Souffles with Thyme.   Anyone who can’t appreciate the effort you’ve put in when you dish up one of these beauties isn’t worth it – plenty more fish in the sea!

Little Loaf makes her own Squid Ink Tagliatelle, perfect for a Lady and the Tramp style evening?   I also thought this post was apt as Little Loaf also dishes up some stellar advice for those about to take the plunge in the marriage department….

I also loved the look of Rocket and Squash’s Aubergine and Mozzarella di Campania Bake.  Yet another post which includes a great recipe and important relationship advice (especially if you are a messy cook!)…

With more recipes from the land of love itself, My Little Italian Kitchen has a fantastic current selection of Romantic food, including beautiful Heart Shaped Pizzas, dainty Chocolate Florentines (guaranteed to melt anyone’s heart), and some tiny edible Baci which will no doubt induce lots of just that (as Baci is Italian for kiss it’s a good excuse to get puckering up!)…

Want to wake your sweetheart up with breakfast in bed on that special day?   Turquoise Lemons  gives us a demo on simple but effective Cheats Croissants.  If you want to forego the crumbs in bed however, then how about this Chocolate Porridge from a much nicer kind of Crumbs… You can’t go wrong with chocolate on Valentine’s day.  Or any day really.

If you’re in love with a  lot of people, I suggest popping over to Sweet2Eat Baking, because not only does she make beautiful looking cakes like these Victoria Sponge Mini Hearts, she features plenty of other Valentine’s recipes too, and really has this day completely wrapped up!

Mama Owl will be making these beautiful little Sweetheart Shortbreads for her Valentine no doubt,  and if you are looking for some Valentine’s themed cupcakes to make with the children, then MyLittle3andMe have just the job.   A Trifle Rushed has another great Valentines project to construct – a Seasonal Gingerbread House.   Perhaps you could stick photos of your intended and an imaginary future brood at the windows to give someone that big hint?!?

Inside a British Mums Kitchen has these beautiful Snowy Day Chocolate Treats because you have got to know someone loves you if they’ve made you these…

Or how about this?   I think I would make this majestic Valentine’s Bouquet of Roses Cake from Fold in the Flour even if I didn’t have a “Significant Other”.   Gorgeous isn’t it?

And finally, take your pick from an amazing array of speciality Valentine’s Cocktails from Ana Mum Diary…  After all that cooking and baking your deserve at least two!    Have a great day everyone, may your hearts be pierced by Cupid – painlessly of course!

For March there will be no theme, so please please leave your fabulous recipes on the linky below, and I hope to include plenty of them in next month’s round up…



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About Emma Raphael

Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children. Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)!

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8 Responses to Foodie Round-up: Love is in the kitchen

  1. Sarah, Maison Cupcake 12 February 2013 at 20:18 #

    Thank you for the mention!

    • Emma 13 February 2013 at 06:14 #

      You are welcome! :)

  2. Emma (My Little 3 and Me) 12 February 2013 at 20:57 #

    Thanks for mentioning or Valentine Cup Cakes. :-)

    • Emma 13 February 2013 at 07:19 #

      They look fabulous! :)

  3. Susie @ Fold in the Flour 12 February 2013 at 23:19 #

    Thanks for including my cake – glad you like it! :)

    • Emma 13 February 2013 at 06:15 #

      It is a fantastic cake, so pretty! :)

  4. Sally (Recipe Junkie) 15 February 2013 at 10:53 #

    Am I being dense? I can’t see the linky anywhere…

    • Marianne 15 February 2013 at 11:39 #

      Hi Sally,

      No you’re not dense for some reason it had disappeared, I’ve reinstalled it now and thanks for bringing this to our attention link up can’t wait to see what you’ve got