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Valentine's Recipe Ideas...

February 10th 2015
By: Melanie

If you are planning on staying at home this Valentines, it doesn't need to be dull, you can either create a stunning feast or buy a Valentines meal from one of the leading supermarkets, starter, main, pudding and one drink for around £6.00. Add a few candles and you have the perfect romantic meal for two.

If you do fancy cooking up a feast then here are some of our favourite aphrodisiac recipes:

One-pan tikka salmon with jewelled rice

You will need:

 *   3 tbsp tikka curry paste
 *   150ml pot natural low-fat yogurt
 *   3 salmon fillets, skinned
 *   2 tsp olive oil
 *   1 large red onion, chopped
 *   1 tsp turmeric
 *   50g soft dried apricots, chopped
 *   200g brown basmati rice
 *   100g pack pomegranate seeds
 *   small pack coriander, leaves picked

For the method visit the BBC website.

Merlot-poached pears with vanilla & cinnamon

You will need:

 *   750ml bottle Merlot or other red wine
 *   200g golden caster sugar
 *   2 cinnamon sticks, snapped in half
 *   1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways then halved across to make 4 strips
 *   4 firm pears, peeled

For the method visit the BBC website.

One-pan salmon with roast asparagus

You will need:

 *   400g new potatoes, halved if large
 *   2 tbsp olive oil
 *   8 asparagus spears, trimmed and halved
 *   2 handfuls cherry tomatoes
 *   1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
 *   2 salmon fillets, about 140g/5oz each
 *   handful basil leaves

For the method visit the BBC website.

Rib-eye steak with basil hollandaise

 *   1 bone thickness rib-eye steak, about 600g
 *   4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
 *   4 garlic cloves, left in their skins
 *   handful thyme sprigs
 *   1 bay leaf

For the basil hollandaise

 *   100ml white wine vinegar
 *   small bunch basil, stalks roughly chopped
 *   1 bay leaf
 *   few peppercorns
 *   2 egg yolks
 *   250g unsalted butter, melted and skimmed to give about 200ml (See 'Know how' below)
 *   squeeze lemon juice

For the method visit the BBC website.

Chocolate fondant

 *   50g melted butter, for brushing
 *   cocoa powder, for dusting
 *   200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
 *   200g butter, in small pieces
 *   200g golden caster sugar
 *   4 eggs and 4 yolks
 *   200g plain flour
 *   Caramel sauce (see 'Goes well with') and vanilla ice cream or orange sorbet, to serve

For the method visit the BBC website.

Need some more inspiration check out Valentine's at home.