It may seem like a mile off just yet but it’s never too early to start thinking about how to treat that special person in your life come Valentine’s Day. For most, heading out for a romantic meal at an expensive restaurant is the done thing however, an increasing number of star-crossed lovers are turning to lovingly prepared home-cooked meals as a way to impress partners come February 14. If you’d like to rustle up a romantic feast for your significant other but are struggling for inspiration then read on as we bring you three courses guaranteed to make your partner swoon…

Starter: Strawberry Balsamic Chutney and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

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Preparation

  • Add a teaspoon of olive oil to a non-stick sauté pan along with the chopped spring onion and 1/2 clove minced garlic. Sauté for around 2 minutes until the spring onion is softened but not browned. Check out our guide to sautéing veg to perfection if you need a few pointers.
  • Next, add the ripe strawberries, honey, salt, thyme, ground cinnamon and freshly ground black pepper and sauté over medium high until the mixture reaches a thick consistency.
  • Continue to sauté over a medium heat for a further 1 minute before adding 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar. We recommend using heatproof utensil such as those found in the Tower Cerasafe Utensil Set with Carousel to keep the ingredients moving during cooking.
  • Taste the chutney in the last minute of cooking. If it is too sweet add a little more balsamic vinegar. If it’s too sour, add a little more honey to your taste.
  • Serve on toasted baguette pieces that have been brushed with garlic oil or garlic butter along with 115g goat’s cheese, lightly crumbled on top.

Main: Sea Bass with Chilli & Lime Glaze

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Preparation

  • Preheat the grill to hot and place a sturdy baking tray under it.
  • Using a juicer, extract the juice from around 4 limes and set aside.
  • Make the glaze by placing all of the ingredients required in a mixing bowl and mix to combine – you can use an appliance such as the Tower 300W Stainless Steel Hand Mixer to save some time. Add a splash of red or white wine vinegar.
  • Brush the skin side of each sea bass fillet with olive oil. Brush the flesh side with the glaze, making sure that you save 1 tsp for use later. Season well.
  • When the tray is hot, carefully place the sea bass fillets on it, skin-side down. Slide back under the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.
  • While the fish is cooking, shred the spring onion and chill – the Tower Spudnik Spiraliser comes in handy here – then place in a small bowl with the remaining glaze and a splash of olive oil.
  • Transfer the cooked fish onto warmed serving plates and coat each with the glaze, plus some spring onion and chilli to serve.

Dessert: Tiramisu with Honycomb Crunch

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Preparation

  • Place the egg yolk into a mixing bowl with the caster sugar and vanilla paste and whisk until pale. Add the mascarpone and cream, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth and thick.
  • Put the Kahlua and coffee in a bowl and dip in enough sponge fingers to cover the bottoms of 2 ramekins. Next, cover the sponge fingers with half the mixture, then repeat until the ramekins are full.
  • Dust with a little cocoa powder and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hrs or better still, overnight.
  • To make the honeycomb, first lightly oil a large baking tray.
  • In a heavy-based pan, gently heat the sugar and honey with a splash of water until everything has melted. Increase the heat and cook over a medium heat for around 3-4 minutes until the mixture becomes caramel in colour.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, whisk in the bicarbonate of soda and then tip onto the baking tray to cool.
  • Once cold, crush with a rolling pin or thinly slice into shards, then lightly scatter over the tiramisus to serve.

That little lot should have your loved one eating out of your hand come Valentine’s Day (not literally, that’d be very wrong) and will put you in their good books for days to come. If you are taken with the idea of rustling this or other romantic feasts up this year then do head over to our Sale Department before you don the apron as there’s all manner of heavily discounted cookware and appliances that can help you whip up a storm in the kitchen. We also urge you to keep an eye on the Tower blog and our social media channels in the coming days as we’ll be bringing you details of an awesome Valentine’s competition in which you could bag yourself a Tower Panini Grill worth £100!

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