Valentines day recipes and treats

Valentines day treats and recipes to spoil the one you love

Over the past few years I have shared lots of great recipes and dishes which are perfect for a romantic valentines day with the one you love. Way back in 2012 I celebrated my first valentines day since starting RussellsKitchen and shared some lovely recipes with you. It’s more than a few years later now, but all of them are timeless classics which are still perfect recipes for preparing for and sharing with the one you love.

These are perfect for valentines day but would also be lovely recipes and dishes for any romantic evening in, just the two of you. Below I’ve given you several suggestions for starters, main courses and desserts as well as homemade foodie valentines day gifts too.

This year I have also listed some great vegetarian and vegan valentines day recipes so you can still prepare a fantastic and romantic valentines day meal, no matter your diet.

Valentines day is just a week or so away and in the past I have  tried out different recipes which I think would make a great Valentines day meal at home for your loved one. I think its really nice and a very personal touch to prepare a meal  for that special someone. It can also be a lot of fun cooking together, I love baking with Hana and we always have a fun whilst we are baking up a treat. The best bit about cooking together is you get to enjoy your efforts together after.

Valentines day starters

Valentines day starters

Valentines day starters

Start as you mean to go on and set the scene for a romantic evening with these delishious valentines day starters.

Since ancient Greece figs have been synonomous with sexuality and desire so start an amorous with my Warm goats cheese and fig starter.

Or, if that doesn’t float your boat try out this gorgeous recipe for grilled oysters, always said to be an aphrodisiac!

Valentines day main courses

Valentines day main courses

Valentines day main courses

You’ve set the scene with a glass of wine and the perfect starter and your other half now desires not just you but also some good food. Valentines day main courses shouldn’t be too fussy, you want to enjoy time together not slaving away, but they should still be special.

Sticky lamb chops with fig are a fantastic way to carry on the theme of old romantic dishes, so here’s my sticky fig lamb chop recipe. Or you could try my lamb shanks with figs and honey too.

Alternatively I think the Italians always serve up fantastic dishes which work well as romantic and valentines day meals. Spaghetti vongole and clams in a cream and garlic sauce are both beautifully romantic and classically timeless recipes which would be the perfect way to spoil the one you love.

Vegan and vegetarian valentines day recipes

Vegan valentines day

Vegan valentines day

Last month was veganuary and I got in on the act with several vegan and vegetarian recipes. There were a couple which I thought would be perfect for a romantic evening in, aka a vegetarian valentines feast.

My first suggestion is this sweet potato risotto with pumpkin seeds and chopped walnuts. We had something similar to this in Turin on our honeymoon and I think this, or just about any risotto could be perfect for a romantic evening in.

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, this recipe for baked sweet potato with black bean chilli is quick and easy to make and you can prepare it all in advance.

Valentines day dessert

Eton Mess

Eton Mess (Photo: Eton Mess

For a valentines day dessert there really is only one choice in my book, eton mess. It’s so quick and easy to prepare. You can make it in advance and

Treats and homemade gifts

Homemade chocolates for the one you love Photo: Russell Bowes

Homemade chocolates for the one you love Photo: Russell Bowes

And if you are looking for some lovely homemade gifts you can prepare for your loved one, why not try out baking these adorable valentines day cupcakes or some homemade chocolates.

 

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