Valentines Dinner Menu

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Chicken Liver ParfaitChicken Liver Parfait
Very Lazy Coq Au VinVery Lazy Coq Au Vin
Tangy Seville Orange SyllabubTangy Seville Orange Syllabub

Guaranteed To Put You In The Mood For Lurve!

The great news is you can’t get stressed or break the budget with this menu. Each dish is a cinch to make and everything can be done in advance.I’ve even made out your shopping list! What this means is MORE TIME to fluff, buff and quaff!

Just print off this page along with each valentine recipe, (see January posts for tangy Seville orange syllabub)
then follow the order of tasks below. If you can’t prep
and cook in advance, do it first thing on the day.

Order of Tasks – Prep & Cook In Under 2 HOURS!
1) Prep and cook the coq au vin – 105 minutes
2) Prep and cook the chicken liver parfaits – 65 minutes
3) Whilst they’re cooking make the:

a. starter components – 15 minutes
b. tangy Seville orange syllabub – 10 minutes
c. creamy mash – 20 minutes
d. prep the sugar snap peas – 5 minutes

On The Night
1) Put the champagne on ice
2) Slip into something sexy
3) Gently reheat the coq au vin for 25 minutes
4) Assemble the starter and serve
5) Reheat the creamy mash. Cook the sugar snaps
6) Serve
7) Bring dessert to room temperature and serve
8) Wait to be showered in compliments !



Half a small uncut white loaf (day old bread works best)
40g butter

Chopping board and sharp knife
Frying pan
Baking tray
Airtight container

Here’s What You Do:
Remove the crust and cut out two thick round slices approx 2cm thick and slightly larger than the parfait ramekins.
Gently melt 40g butter and coat the bread on both sides, then place on a baking tray and slide onto the top oven shelf for approx 15 -20 minutes until golden.
Cool and store in an airtight container until needed.

1½ tbsp redcurrant jelly
1 tbsp port
1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
½ tsp Dijon mustard
Pinch ground ginger

Reamer or lemon squeezer
Small saucepan
Tea strainer
Small dish
Cling film

Here’s What You Do:
Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan melt gently over a low heat for a couple of minutes. Strain into a small dish and leave to cool, cover with cling film and refrigerate until needed.

ROCKET DRESSING (make up just before serving)
Handful of rocket leaves
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp sunflower oil
A few grinds of salt

Small whisk or fork
Small dish

Here’s What you Do:
Just before serving, mix the vinegar, oil and salt in a small dish until emulsified, then toss in a handful of rocket leaves coating them well and arrange on top of each crouton.


1 bottle full bodied red wine
300ml double cream
75g unsalted butter
1 medium egg
4 plump chicken legs
75g raw chicken livers (fresh or frozen) **
1 small white uncut loaf
star anise
juniper berries
brown sugar
ground ginger
caster sugar
redcurrant jelly
Knorr Touch of Taste liquid chicken stock
sunflower oil
white wine vinegar
dijon mustard

cling film
tin foil
kitchen towel
Fruit & Veg
1 seville orange (or 1 lemon)
1 naval orange
2 large potatoes

1 clove garlic
1 pkt sugar snap peas
1 pkt rocket

** Chicken livers are available from most butchers and large supermarkets




2 Responses to “Valentines Dinner Menu”

  1. Manon-Elise says:

    I was lucky enough to have this amazing Valentines meal cooked for me and I have to say it was the best Valentines day I have ever had! Me and my partner being students, means that going out for a meal is not always an option but this food was as good as, if not better than any restaurant food I’ve experienced! The pate and the main course tasted exquisite, I was licking my plate clean (not very attractive I know!) and the syllabub was the perfect light finish to an absolutely fantastic meal!
    “Everyday Easy Gourmet” could not be truer!

  2. Jennie says:

    I won a competition in the local paper – the prize was a day with Uma to cook the Valentine’s meal.
    I had a fantastic time and came away with a wonderful, tasty dinner, loads of time saving hints and tips and the inspiration to start cooking properly again, instead of relying on ready meals!


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