February Foodie Round-up: The Valentine’s edition

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ―Virginia Woolf

A quote that I couldn’t agree with more!

If you are one of those very people that hasn’t dined well recently, and are perhaps in need of something overly indulgent then read on. Or if you are on the search for something special to make to demonstrate how much you love your Valentine (or you could always leave this page open in the hope that they cook you something?) here’s a selection of fabulously extravagant, and fabulously not so extravagant Valentine’s recipes. Enjoy!  

Start the most romantic day of the year off with a breakfast that could have been cooked by Cupid himself. Being presented with a plate of A Modern Mother’s Nutella Pancakes would melt the hardest of hearts first thing in the morning wouldn’t it? And then there’s what has to be one of the most luxurious breakfasts ever – Eggs Benedict -Kate on Thin Ice shows us how it’s done! And for gluten free folk, how about cooking up a batch of these Banana pancakes with blueberries and strawberries?  Can anything say “I love you” more than making something exclusively for them?

Now with breakfast out of the way, here are a few ideas for a light lunch for your loved one. Coombe Mill’s Butternut Squash & Fig Salad is as pretty as a picture, and healthy on top of that! Or how about Honest Mum’s Pan Fried Chilli and Ginger Scallops for a delicious romantic midday banquet? This next recipe for Spicy Prawns with Chorizo and Feta by MadHouse Family Reviews is guaranteed to put a little fire into any belly.

Moving on to dinner (I do suggest you leave significant enough gaps between courses by the way!) Have you got the kids out of the way, the candles lit and the champers on ice? Then it’s time to get started. To me, simply agreeing to share food is an expression of love in itself, especially when it’s something like Taming Twin’s One Pan Roasted Garlic Macaroni Cheese! Or in the same cheesy vein, how gorgeous does Delicieux’s Tartiflette with Brocolli look? And then there’s this simple but gorgeous Kale with Apple and Bacon from the incredibly talented Appledrane (such beautiful pictures!). Or, if your special person is a fan of the spices of life, how about a spicy Tadka Dahl, Steamed Rice and Mughlai Shammi Kebab from The Intrepid Misadventurer?    

As you might expect with any Valentine’s Food selection – this last section is going to feature a lot of sweet stuff, don’t say I didn’t warn you! Start by mixing yourself a Super Golden Bakes Cherry Julep (how pretty is this?) and then on with the baking and creating! Be good to your (love) heart with this Low Fat Strawberry Gateaux from Happy Healthy Mummy, or how about attempting Chez Maxima’s delicious looking Limoncello Cake? Anyonita Nibble’s Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Crunch looks divine, as does Half a Pot of Cream’s Nigella’s Chocolate Cheesecake! I can vouch for this next recipe – Tarte Au Chocolat Orange because I made it – would you like two spoons or just the one?  Domestic Goddesque’s Apple Heart Tarts are just so sweet, as is Actually Mummy’s Heart Fudge, and I am  pretty sure I could eat it all in one go! Then there are these lovely Raspberry and Coconut Love Cakes from Red Ted Art,  and Crazy Kitchen’s perfect Chocolate Shortbread Hearts fit the bill too! Finally, I am ever so slightly in love with these Strawberry and Chilli Sweets by Vohn’s Vittles? Too beautiful to eat? Anyway, that’s your lot for this month, have a great Valentine’s, and thanks to every single one of you that submitted recipes last month…

Next month will be all about Italian food in its many guises, so if you have a recipe that fits the bill, you know what to do! Until then!


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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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10 Responses to February Foodie Round-up: The Valentine’s edition

  1. Anyonita 11 February 2014 at 16:54 #

    Oh, so many of these recipes sound delicious! Thanks for including my mousse!

  2. The Intrepid Misadventurer 11 February 2014 at 17:31 #

    Thank you featuring my recipe! I hope that a few will be inspired to try the Spicy Tadka dal and Shammi Kebabs. Have a fabulous time! xxx

  3. HELEN 11 February 2014 at 17:50 #

    wow , loads of great recipes! thank you for including mine!

  4. Coombemill 11 February 2014 at 18:00 #

    What a beautifully written round up with some delicious recipes. Thrilled to have my original salad included too. Thank you.

  5. Frau Dietz 11 February 2014 at 19:11 #

    What a tremendous collection of thoroughly delicious-sounding recipes – shall be bookmarking this for future reference. You put me to shame 😉

  6. Vanessa Holburn 11 February 2014 at 19:48 #

    Mmmm, I’ll have one of everything please!! Oh, but I’m reading it, then I must be the one making it????

  7. Galina V 11 February 2014 at 20:31 #

    What a delightful selection of recipes and ideas. Thank you for including my Limoncello cake!

  8. Actually Mummy... 11 February 2014 at 23:01 #

    Oh my god I am actually drooling! Some of those dinner dishes sound just too lush! Thanks for including my fudge 😉

  9. Mummylish 12 February 2014 at 22:00 #

    Yum yum yum! Wonderful recipes, thank you for including my yummy paleo banana pancakes 🙂

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