Romantic Dinner Recipes
Starters - Main course - Desserts
Valentines Day is traditionally a day for romance so let me whet your appetite with some romantic dinner recipes, just for two.
Serving a romantic dinner at home is about more than just the food, you will want to create the right atmosphere to go with the perfect meal.
The extra care taken to provide a beautifully laid table, fragranced candles and soft lighting and music, all help to make it a night to remember.
The most important advice I can give to a new cook is to stick with simple recipes and not to try something new on the night. If you are tempted by new romantic dinner recipes you might like to have a trial run beforehand, and take notes of the timings.
Rather than do all the preparation yourself, you might like to share the experience, even if you only have a small kitchen to work in!
Romantic meals are best eaten at the table, rather than on a tray in front of the TV. Take time to lay the table nicely, with a clean, ironed tablecloth (perhaps a red cloth
if you have it), napkins, candles and maybe a small vase of flowers or a single red rose. Try to keep your centrepiece low, so that you don't have to peer round it to have a conversation with your dinner partner!
If you are going for the full three course meal then the cutlery needed for your dessert is positioned closest to the plate, followed by the main course and those for the starter on the outside.
Remember to leave room for the plate on which you will serve your main course, so that you don't have to go fishing around under it to find your cutlery!
Keep in mind the condiments you will be serving with each course. Presenting these in the containers in which they were bought, is not ideal.
There are some really interesting salt and pepper shakers
available. I especially love the two peas in a pod set shown when you click on the previous link.
An egg cup can do double duty as a container for ground ginger to sprinkle on melon for your starter, or for mustard to accompany a steak main course.