Happy Valentine’s Day: Delicious Valentine’s meal ideas

Caribbean Brown Stew Chicken - BritMums

Caribbean brown stew chicken by Helen Graves

Love one another and you will be happy; it is as simple and as difficult as that. Michael Leunig

Happy Valentines Day to everyone, what could possibly go more hand in glove than food and romance? I can still remember the thrill of feeling ever-so-grown-up when my first date took me to a restaurant, I was 18. I felt so special and since that time I have connected Valentines with Food.

A few years back, pre-twins, we booked into a very popular Italian restaurant beautifully set on a country green in a well-to-do village with a menu that has your taste buds drooling from the front page but sadly they had overpacked their Valentine’s night into two sittings. We were cramped in a corner with a waiter who was rushed off his feet and the experience was so poor we never went back. These days we eat in and avoid being part of the masses!

Valentine’s main dish recipes that let them know they’re loved

I’ve been wondering what culinary delights to prepare for our romantic dinner, I’ve had a good thumb through Jo Pratt’s In The Mood For Entertaining and I’ve settled on Seared Scallops with Smoky Leeks and Orange Butter for my starter now I just have to confirm main and dessert. Here’s what’s inspiring me so far.

Cook Sister! That’s Jeanne (who will also be speaking at Brit Mums Live this Spring) always comes up trumps when it comes to good foodie ideas, she has Pork Filet stuffed with Pear and Sage as a classic.

Helen Graves at Food Stories from Peckham has Caribbean Brown Stew Chicken which would warm up the coldest feet on a winters night and maybe add a little Caribbean spice to your night wink, wink…

Here’s a lady who’s avatar alone is enough to grab my attention! Beth Sachs writes Jam and Clotted Cream A Cornish Food Blog. It’s a mixture of reviews, recipes and fun and her latest recipe is Sweet and Sour chicken but in her archives I found a recipe for Spicy Beef, Spinach Stir Fry and Egg Fried Rice.

One pot vegetable dahl - BritMums

Eye-catching and tasty one-pot vegetable dahl by Mallika Basu.

Laura Scott writes How To Cook Good Food Her Teryaki Salmon and Stir Fried Greens would make a scrumptious main dish.

If it’s an Indian night that takes your fancy you really must check out Quick Indian Cooking where Mallika Basu has enough recipes to blow your mind. She also has a book called Miss Masala. Why not make an easy but indulgent homemade Indian with her one-pot vegetable dahl, spiced peastandoori chicken and healthy mango fool

A Valentine’s Day treat to make with kids

Kicking off St Valentines in style is Emily from A Mummy Too who has put together a three-course menu Olive Tapenade, Creamy Pasta and lemon cheesecake. She is mummy to Joel who often comes up with some cute kid classics and she has a brilliant idea to get the kids involved White Chocolate and Strawberry Icing Hearts.

Chocolate recipes for Valentine’s Day

Of course every Special Lovers Meal should finish with a dessert to rock the senses and that’s where our foodie bloggers excel in brilliance

Cass from The Dairy of a Frugal Family whilst trying to survive the credit crunch and pass on her tips she suggests a Chocolate Fudge Pudding that is to die for.


Valentine's heart cakes - BritMums

Cute Valentine’s Heart Cakes from Tin and Thyme


@choclette8 talks nonstop chocolate and writes Chocolate Log Blog, she never runs out of ideas and her Valentines Heart Cakes are simply beautiful to look at — too beautiful to eat? I don’t think so, where’s my fork? Her We Should Cocoa challenge for February is ‘something savoury and vegetarian with chocolate’ any ideas? I’m stumped.

One more delicious idea comes from Eat Like A Girl who wins me over with Boozy Raspberry Chocolate Brownies

So food lovers get cooking and make this a special Valentine’s meal and make this February 14th one to remember.

Have fun and see you in March

Mari x

More ideas to have a great Valentine’s Day 


Homepage image: Boozy Raspberry Brownies by Eat Like a Girl

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Mother of four and nana to three, Marianne Weekes has spent half her life in the UK and the other half in Italy.

Blogging since Jan 2010, she finds it hard to drag herself away from her laptop and writes about food, travel and lifestyle.
Always on the lookout for the next thing which takes her down many surprising lanes.


  1. 14 February 2012 / 17:26

    Hi Mari,
    What a great round up of food ideas. I will be visiting some of these blogs later on this evening. Happy Valentine’s to you!!

  2. Marianne
    14 February 2012 / 17:50

    Thanks Laura, I hope there are some new blogs to keep you entertained this month and I love your pretzels today yum
    Happy Valentine’s to you too 🙂

  3. 14 February 2012 / 19:30

    I’ve added some easy chocolate ginger truffles – lots of ginger going on in the link up!

    • Marianne
      14 February 2012 / 20:35

      Thank you they’re delicious, it’s a very ginger week this week 🙂

  4. 16 February 2012 / 08:45

    I have just added Watercress soup to my skinny recipes page:- http://www.mrsw.co.uk/recipes/ – Easy to make, delicious, looks impressive and is full of vits – a winner all round! Also have recipes for skinny banana cake (dangerous as one slice leads to another and another!!!), spicy bean and avocado tostadas are my favs. x

    • Marianne
      18 February 2012 / 15:41

      Thank you Mrs W some fabulous recipes there 😉

  5. 18 February 2012 / 14:00

    Thanks for the mention! 🙂 Sorry we didn’t get to meet the other day, we got stuck on a train behind a signal failure for 2 hours!

  6. Marianne
    18 February 2012 / 15:42

    How annoying to be stuck on a train, hopefully our paths will cross soon