Valentine’s DIY dinner to die for

I want to tell you all about our Valentine’s day meal. It wasn’t frugal but it was excellent, which is often sometimes more important than scrimping and saving….right?!

The menu


(I was too excited to take a good picture!)

Well knock me down with a slab of rare meat, ain’t that a treat? Three courses with wine pairing AND a slutty aperitif. Going out with a fellow foodie is a must in my book.

The seafood trio starter was excellent – Nick even went to town on  some home-made ‘sea foam’, which basically consisted of whisked egg whites, fish stock and herbs. My favourite part was the beer-battered king prawns with soy sauce, ginger, lime and chilli dip. Not gluten free, and suffering a tad today, but worth it, of course!

seafood platter

For main, we had stilton crusted fillet steak (perfectly cooked, rare and bleeding) with savoy cabbage, potato, swede and carrot puree and home made port jelly.


Desert was lavender crepe brulee with basil and lemon shortbreads and an extra treat of an ad-hoc chilli and basil Caipiroska.

creme brulee

The result

Nick’s always been great at the romantic gestures and of course it’s excellent being wined and dined, but the most amazing part is the amount of effort that went into the whole affair. It’s always so much more impressive when you do-it-yourself and I think he’s done us all proud! Next year, it’ll be my turn to impress.

me and Nick




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