It’s that wonderful time of year again when the people we love put pressure on us to do something special, but we still end up doing the same thing, order a takeaway, or go to the same restaurant that we go to throughout the year. So nothing really special there.
So why not try and woo your loved one with some good old fashioned cooking?
I have 2 recipes that only get made on special occasions thus never become boring as it’s not made all the time.
So tell the wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, fiancé, whoever your loved ones may be to go take a nice bath and relax whilst you make a nice meal for you both.
Maybe you have bought some bath bombs to try out to make the bath more relaxing. :)
I’ll start with my all time favourite meal.
Steak with chilli wedges and cheesy cabbage.
Don’t knock it till you try it!
- Start with boiling the kettle and putting the oven on to heat at 200oc, Grab the potatoes and make as much or as little as you want – I recommend around 4-5 large potatoes. Cut into wedges and boil in salted water for around 10 mins.
- Whilst these are cooking prepare the cabbage by shredding ½ -3/4 of Savoy cabbage and finely chop 2 cloves of garlic.
- Drain the potatoes and shake the pan to make the wedges fluffy. Then transfer to a baking tray and cover in oil and sprinkle over chilli flakes and cook until golden and crispy.
- Put 2 frying pans on with a little oil and a knob of butter and let this melt. Then add the cabbage and garlic to 1 of the pans and fry for 4 minutes then add 150ml double cream and 100g of stilton cheese and let this cook and come together, if its too thick you can add more cream.
- Whilst the cabbage is cooking away, season your steak with pepper ONLY as salt takes the moisture out. Fry to your liking and scoop the butter over the steak as you fry. 3 Minutes each side for Rare and 4-5 Minutes for Medium.ALWAYS KEEP CHECKING THE CABBAGE WHILST COOKING STEAK SO IT DOESNT STICK TO THE PAN.
- Once all cooked place your steak on some kitchen roll and let it rest whilst you plate the potatoes and wedges.
The next bit is vital.
Have a bottle of nice Champagne on ice, light the candles and set the table.
I guarantee this is a winner.
What more could your partner want for Valentines Day? Forget all the gifts, the mobiles and just sit and enjoy a nice homemade meal and who knows what will happen.
IF you’re not a cheese type of person or don’t fancy steak, here is another nice meal to wow your partner
Stuffed Chicken with a sweet pepper sauce and roasted veg
- Get yourself 2 large chicken breasts and make a slice down one side and stuff with basil, mozzarella, tomatoes and chorizo, then wrap up nice tight with Parma ham or bacon.
- Preheat the oven to 200c and boil the kettle whilst you cut 2 large sweet red peppers and a handful of tomatoes and finely slice the chilli.
- Grab yourself a saucepan and place the peppers, tomatoes, chilli and 150ml of vegetable stock. And boil until soft.
- Get any type of vegetables you like, I like mini carrots, potatoes, red onion, peppers, garlic, sweet potato and rosemary. Place in an oven dish and drizzle over oil and roast the vegetables for 30-40mins. At the same time put the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes or until the juices run clear.
- When the peppers are nice and soft place in a blender and whizz until smooth. You can freeze some for another day.
- When all done plate up and drizzle the pepper sauce over the chicken and vegetables.
Like I said before I only make these on special occasions so the meal doesn’t get boring.
Why don’t you share these recipes with your friends? And if you do make one of these, take a snap and send it in!
Hope the cooking goes down well and have a brilliant Valentines Day.