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7 Recipes to Make at Home This Valentine’s Day

Trade out the expensive night out with an intimate home-cooked meal with these romantic recipes.

Oh, Valentine’s Day— you either love it or hate it. A day where mindless consumerism is celebrated as tokens of love? Or a special chance to shower your significant other with unfettered adoration? Whatever your stance on the hallmark holiday is, a home-cooked meal for your loved-one is both intimate and low-key enough to acknowledge the Saint’s special day without giving into the commercial hype.

We’ve gathered some of the more date-night friendly (read: won’t leave you bad-breathed or bloated) recipes to woo your partner.

1. Wine-Poached Figs Stuffed with Almond Ricotta

Photo: Colin Medhurst, shot at Cook Culture

I dare you to not to feel like Roman gods with this stuffed-fig recipe, dreamed up by WL’s 2017 Foodie of the Year Karen McAthy. An elegant beginner to a romantic night in.

2. Swiss Cheese Fondue

Photo: Clinton Hussey

Gaze lovingly into each others eyes over a melted mixture of three types of Swiss cheese. We recommend accompaniments of cured sausage, French rye or pumpernickel bread cubes and cauliflower.

3. Pan-Seared Wild Pacific Salmon with Cucumber Salad and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Light yet packed with flavour, this subtly-sweet salmon dish won’t leave you bloated or overly full afterwards so you’ll have lots of room for dessert.

4. Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Green Peppercorn Cream

Photo: Gabriel Cabrera

Opting for a night in doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a good steak: this prime rib recipe is surprisingly simple, and doesn’t come with nasty steakhouse markups.

5. Halloumi Cheese Salad with Blackberries and Toasted Almonds

Halloumi
Photo: The Cascade Room

This Halloumi, blackberry and toasted almond salad from The Cascade Room’s very own Tim Evans looks like a forager’s fairytale dish.

6. Rosé and Gin Cocktail

Share a glass (or three) of this pretty-in-pink gin and rosé cocktail inspired by the roses of France—an alcoholic ode to traditional Valentine’s day roses.

7. Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Viennese Sablé Wreaths

Photo: Clinton Hussey (styling by Jennifer Stamper)

And for extra brownie (well, cookie) points, bake up these strawberry cookies with a subtle kick of pink peppercorn. You can pipe them into different shapes, so have some fun and make them into shapes you and your partner will enjoy!

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