Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner February 11 2015

 

 Valentine's day is this Saturday and if you have so far failed to get dinner reservations, don't panic! We have  put together the perfect 3 course meal for you and your loved one to enjoy! Not only is it delicious, but it's also  very easy to make!

 

 

 

 Serves: 2 

 

 Starter: Baked Caprese Salad

 

 Ingredients:

 -Wholemeal baguette

 -Mozzarella cheese

 -Large Tomatoes

 -Extra virgin olive oil

 -Fresh basil

 -Salt and Pepper

 

 Instructions: 

 -Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

 -Slice 4 pieces off baguette and arrange on a baking sheet.

 -Brush the bread with some olive oil and bake for 5-10 minutes or until golden.

 -Remove the bread from the oven and top with a thin slice of tomato and a thin slice of mozzarella, season with salt and  pepper and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes.

 -Garnish with basil and olive oil.

 

 Main: Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

 

 

 

 Ingredients:

 -Wholewheat pasta

 -1 large red onion

 -3 crushed Garlic cloves

 -Chilli flakes

 -Basil

 -2 tablespoons Tomato puree

 -Extra virgin olive oil

 -Black pepper

 -Parmesan cheese (or cheese of your choice)

 -Tinned tomatoes

 -Sun-dried tomatoes

 

 Instructions: 

 -Boil large pan of water, then add the pasta.

 -Chop the onion and sautee with the garlic and olive oil in a pan over medium heat.

 -Pour the tinned tomatoes,chilli flakes, chopped basil and tomato puree over the garlic and onion, stirring regularly until  hot.

 -Add 50ml of water to the sauce, bring to the boil.

 -Take the sauce off the heat and stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, salt and pepper.

 -Drain the pasta and place into two bowls.

 -Pour the sauce over the pasta, and garnish with basil, Parmesan cheese and pepper.

 

 

 Dessert: Fruit Kabobs

 

 Ingredients:

 -Organic Dark chocolate (We love greenandblacks.co.uk)

 -Watermelon

 -Strawberry

 -Banana

 -Pineapple

 -Marshmallow

 -Heart shaped cookie cutter (tesco.com)

 -Wooden skewers

 

 

 Instructions:

 -Slice the banana, pineapple and watermelon.

 -Using the small cookie cutter, cut the banana, pineapple and watermelon in to heart shapes.

 -Wash the strawberries and slice the top off.

 -Assemble different fruits and marshmallows onto a skewer and lay onto a piece of grease-proof paper.

 -Heat water in a pan on a medium heat.

 -Break up the dark chocolate in a bowl, and then place the bowl into the pan of water making sure the water doesn't get  into the chocolate.

 -Stir the chocolate until it has completely melted.

 -Using a spoon, drizzle the dark chocolate over the fruit kabobs.

 -Put the fruit kabobs in the fridge for 20 minutes and then they are ready to enjoy!