While romantic dinners hold their charm, why not break last season's trends of candlelight dinners this year and create a unique experience for your sweetheart? This Valentine’s Day, escape the usual by packing a basket, choosing a quiet and picturesque location, and getting ready to make a toast to love!
February – the month of love got its pseudonym because of the famous Valentine’s Day. Dating back centuries, this day has won millions of hearts around the world with its romantic allure and timeless significance. The origins of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to ancient Rome, where it was celebrated as Lupercalia in mid-February. It is also believed that a priest named Saint Valentine secretly married couples when it wasn’t allowed because he strongly believed in love.
To this date, couples of all ages celebrate this day as the time to honour their love and commitment for their better halves to remind themselves of the love they share. Today, Valentine’s Day has taken the shape of unique traditions for different people, like gifting flowers and chocolates, writing love letters, and romantic dates. While you might be going to a cafe or restaurant every year, this Valentine’s Day, try out a romantic picnic! Here are some easy-to-cook recipes for your romantic evening. To make the most out of it, cook with your partner and then march to a serene location with a picnic basket in one hand and your partner’s hand in the other.
Pink Sauce Pasta With Grilled Vegetables
For a romantic picnic, pasta would be a must on the menu, and for a Valentine’s Day picnic, pink sauce pasta would steal the show. Start by choosing your favourite shape of pasta and boil it. Take a pan and sauté finely chopped onions and garlic until you get to smell their aroma. Add tomato puree and cream to the mix, allowing them to meld into a creamy pink sauce. Season generously with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red chilli flakes for a subtle kick.
Once the sauce simmers, add the boiled pasta and wrap it in the sauce. Now, it’s time to add the smoky flavours by adding grilled vegetables, bell peppers, olives, and mushrooms. Allow the vegetables to soak in the sauce. Finally, garnish with basil leaves and grated cheese, and your dish is ready for the evening.
Garlic bread is a must-add sider with pasta, isn’t it? Take a garlic bread loaf, and arrange the slices on a plate. Add minced garlic, softened butter, and chopped parsley in a mixing bowl. Spread this savoury mixture generously over the bread, ensuring every inch is coated in garlicky goodness. Slide the dressed bread into the oven, allowing it to bake until golden brown and fragrant. The aroma of garlic permeating the air is a sign that your masterpiece is ready to be devoured.
Now is the time to add the aphrodisiac chocolate-dipped strawberries to your picnic basket.
Begin by selecting plump, ripe strawberries, ensuring each is a sweet delight waiting to melt into your mouth. Next, melt dark and white chocolate chips in separate bowls until smooth and velvety. With a gentle hand, dip each strawberry into the luscious chocolate, coating it halfway for a visually appealing contrast. Arrange the chocolate-dipped strawberries on a tray with butter paper, allowing them to set fully before serving. With their irresistible appeal, these chocolate-covered delights will surely steal the spotlight at your Valentine's Day picnic.
Satisfy your sweet cravings with the irresistible allure of Fudgy Brownies. Start the process by melting unsalted butter in a saucepan and infusing it with rich, buttery goodness. Next, add granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl, whisking until the mixture is smooth and velvety. Gradually add all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt, creating a consistent batter that promises fudgy perfection. Pour the batter into a greased baking pan, spreading it evenly to ensure every corner is filled with chocolatey goodness. Slide the pan into the oven, allowing the brownies to bake until they're set yet irresistibly gooey in the centre. Once cooled, slice the brownies into squares, ready to rest in the picnic basket.
Lastly, raise a toast to love and romance with the elegant sophistication of a Cosmopolitan Cocktail. Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice cubes. Add vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec, and freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker, infusing it with layers of flavour. With a few vigorous shakes, ensure all the ingredients are well combined and perfectly chilled. Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass. Now, garnish with a twist of orange peel or a wedge of lime, adding a final touch of elegance to your cosmopolitan creation. With its sweet and sour flavours and chic presentation, the cosmopolitan cocktail perfectly accompanies your Valentine's Day picnic for a great toast.