Lorraine's Valentine's blog

21st February 2013

“So, how was everyone’s Valentine’s Day?

It it may be long gone now but it’s still possible to keep the love alive all year long with some lush foodie treats. You can still have a dinner date at home!

I love cooking to music in the kitchen, but if I wanted to romance my dinner date with some sexy sounds I would definitely have to go for a classic like Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye – I know, cheesy?! It may be an oldie, but it’s a goodie and still sounds great to me!

If I really wanted to impress during a relaxed and romantic evening in for two, I’d cook my partner something really sumptuous like Quick-cook canape crostinis followed by Five-spice roasted duck breasts with cherry and Shiraz sauce and sesame noodles. If the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, you’ll have them falling in love in no time! The duck is an absolute treat, but is still really quick and only takes fifteen minutes from start to finish.

PS - Here’s a little trick for you if you struggle with the fat on duck. Use a dry, cold pan and turn the heat up gradually – the fat will completely render away!

Or you could go for Prawn linguine with chorizo & Cabernet tomato sauce. The red wine gives the sauce a deep rich colour and the chorizo adds a little bit of spice to your love life!

It’s a really special dish but it’s really easy to make and THAT means you don’t have to spend ages slaving away when you want to be chatting, not cooking.

When it comes to dressing for a date, I love to be smart but most importantly comfortable – people are at their most beautiful when they feel comfortable, and that goes for girls and guys!

If I really wanted to impress I would serve my Strawberry mint mojito for that extra boozy kick – but I would adapt it for the wintery weather with some seasonal blackberries. It’s a delicious drink to start dinner with, and frozen berries could work just as well if you can’t get your hands on any fresh ones.

I love to travel and have drawn inspiration from all over the world for my recipes, but I would have to say the most romantic place I’ve ever been to is Barcelona. It has everything: Sexy, beautiful beaches to relax on, fabulous bars that are open REALLY late for when you want to party, and lots of culture to be found wandering around the Old Quarter, stopping in one of many coffee shops. I go at least a couple of times a year and absolutely love it!

My perfect date would have to be a lazy day in the park, eating and chatting by the river! I’d bring a big cosy blanket to snuggle under in the cold weather, a flask of hot tea and some of my delicious Blueberry and oat muffins – sure to keep you warm.

Some of you may have noticed the odd cheeky dish name in my book, and it has been quite fun conjuring up some Fast, Fresh and Flirty dish combos around Valentine’s Day – you could serve Naughty naughty nachos with a side of Skinny dipping if you feel so inclined?! I’m sure you have some ideas of your own for equally tantalising titles!

Hmm I feel a competition coming on…!”

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James Grant

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  • I made the Prawn Linguine for the first time last week and was amazed by all the flavour! I can't rate your books enough!

  • Never mind Valentines day. I'm hungry after just reading that post!

  • He would be a fortunate man indeed, beautiful woman wonderful food. Ahh one can but dream.

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