valentine's day meal for two
It’s that time of year again where flower sales sky rocket and everything in the shops turns pink and fuzzy, Valentine’s Day! We all know roses are red and violets are blue, but did you know that plum puddings are the ones for you? Bet you didn’t! We’ve put together a fool-proof meal plan for any love birds looking for a fruit-filled dinner.
Every Valentine’s meal calls for a fruity cocktail to share with your partner, so why not try a strawberry and kiwi cocktail! All you need is 4 whole strawberries, a kiwi, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 ½ parts vodka. Simply blend together the strawberries, kiwi and sugar, add the vodka and pour over ice! For a non-alcoholic alternative, try swapping out the vodka with lemonade.
Alternatively, why not try a Kiwi Crush? Crush together ice, elderflower cordial, grapefruit juice and a slice of kiwi then pour into a chilled glass. Or for a more simple drink, try popping a few raspberries into your glass of champagne!
Melon with Smoked Salmon
For a light and simple starter for your romantic meal, whisk together the juice of a lime, ½ a teaspoon of preserved ginger, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, drizzle over chopped melon and serve with slices of smoked salmon and a slice of lemon to flavour!
Honey and Pineapple Stir-fry
For a refreshing main course try cooking a honey and pineapple chicken stir-fry. It is really simple to make. Begin with mixing pineapple juice, 250ml water, 125ml honey, 125ml cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons plain flour, ½ teaspoon garlic and ½ teaspoon paprika into a bowl until smooth. Slice two chicken breasts and stir-fry until they are cooked through. In a separate pan add your choice of stir-fry vegetables and cook for a further 5 minutes, until the vegetables are slightly soft. Add the sauce you made previously to the pan and stir constantly until the sauce thickens. Add in the cooked chicken, fresh pineapple chunks and some rice noodles, then fry together for a final 2 minutes, or until heated through.
To complete your romantic dinner for two, why not finish off with a Fresh Flavorking Plum Mousse? To make this refreshing dessert simply add 500ml of cold water, 500g of pitted and quartered Flavorking plums, 250g of mixed fruit (we suggest a selection of fresh berries), 1 stalk of chopped rhubarb, 150g of sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, ¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger, a pinch of ground nutmeg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a large saucepan. Bring this to the boil, then bring the heat down and let it simmer until the fruit is tender (this should take around 10 minutes). Take out the cinnamon sticks, take the lid off the saucepan and return the liquid to the boil while stirring occasionally. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and continue cooking until the mixture thickens. If you are using very seeded fruit you should strain the mixture before pureeing it in a food processor. Finally, chill in the fridge for an hour and serve with added fruit on the top.
We highly recommend using Flavorking plums for this one as it gives that extra sweet taste you need for this romantic occasion!