Saturday 17 March 2018

The perfect romantic meal for your Valentine

Whole chicken, spicy, sweet & sour
Whole chicken, spicy, sweet & sour

Derry Clarke

Valentine's weekend is upon us, so this week I'm talking love food! There are lots of foods associated with romance, such as chocolate, garlic, chilli, basil, bananas, avocados and asparagus.

You can be as adventurous as you like but, devising my dinner à deux, I've chosen recipes that can be prepared largely in advance. This gives you time to concentrate on the most important thing: your guest.

For a romantic meal at home, I chose prawns for a starter. Depending on your budget, you can buy fresh or frozen ones.

The combination of fennel salad and the mango salsa combine wonderfully well with the prawns and will really get your palate going.

There's something very comforting about roast chicken, but this is a different version with a zesty sweet and sour sauce.

Again, this can all be prepared earlier in the evening, so that your guest arrives to delicious aromas in the kitchen. For side dishes, you could keep it simple with roast potatoes or serve baked potatoes with crème fraîche.

The knickerbocker glory dessert couldn't be easier -- it's child's play layering up those ingredients. I love the red berries but, if you are a chocolate fiend, you could add something sinfully delicious.


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