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One of the best ways to surprise your special someone on Valentines Day is to prepare a romantic dinner. The dinner will be even more appreciated if you are known for being “cooking-challenged”. This Valentines Day, you can get around this by preparing something that does not really require much cooking skills. Two of the three special Valentines recipes listed below does not even require any cooking at all! Even then, it is still best to practice a couple of times so that you can tweak the recipe to suit your taste. You should also remember that it’s not just about taste but about presentation as well, so put effort in making everything look as romantic as possible.

The first recipe is full of ingredients, such as avocado, raspberries, strawberries, pine nuts, and almonds, that are known to be aphrodisiacs. So start the meal right and serve this easy to make salad. The other two are very easy to make Valentines recipes that you can serve as main dish and dessert.

Aphrodisiac Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups baby salad greens
1 avocado – peeled, pitted and sliced
3 strawberries, hulled and sliced
6 fresh raspberries
1/2 cup chopped pine nuts
1/2 cup seasoned almond slices
1/2 cup seasoned croutons
1/2 cup vinaigrette salad dressing (or to taste)

Preparation:

In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients, except for the dressing and salad greens. Line two pretty bowls with salad greens and top with the tossed avocados, berries and nuts. Drizzle with dressing. Chill in refrigerator for about 2 hours before serving.

If you wish to make your own salad dressing, just whisk together the following ingredients and use in place of a store-bought vinaigrette dressing.

Special salad dressing:

2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Fetuccini with Salmon and Shrimp

Ingredients:

500 g fettucini
1 1/2 cups whipped cream
250 g canned salmon, drained
250 g canned baby shrimp, drained
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
pinch of salt and pepper (or to taste)
1 tablespoon parsley

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Pour whipped cream into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil 3 minutes, while stirring. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for a few minutes. Add drained fettucini and stir gently until thoroughly mixed with sauce. Serve in bowls or plates. Garnish with parsley.

Passionate Panna Cotta

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup (100g) sugar
1 1/12 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 packets unflavored gelatin
3 tablespoons cold water

Directions:

Mix gelatin with water and let stand (about 5 to 10 minutes) until it softens. Put the heavy cream and sugar in a bowl and heat in microwave until sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla extract and gelatin mixture. Pour mixture into ramekins and cool to room temperature. Chill ramekins for at least 4 hours. To serve, dip ramekins in warm water for a few seconds and turn over onto the center of a small plate. You can add berries or any topping you want on your panna cotta.

Author David Jones writes for ‘Recipe finder’ web site. Recipe finder, is a search engine with almost 1 million recipes, including lots of Valentines recipes. You will also find interesting food related news and articles at the site.

Being a Yorkshire lass I’ve used a Yorkshire pudding recipe many times over the years, but that’s been mostly to make them the traditional way and to be eaten with the Sunday roast whether it be beef, pork, lamb, chicken or turkey. Of course they are associated with roast beef mainly but they taste just as good with other types of roast dinners and it’s surprising how flexible they can be.

Originally they were dished up as a starter to fill you up before the main course so that you didn’t want as much expensive meat. Nowadays they are usually part of the main course alongside meat, potatoes, vegetables and gravy, but they have been known to appear as a dessert too!

One of my favourites is Toad in the Hole. Sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding batter mix and served with vegetables and a thick, tasty onion gravy. Or another variation of that can be found in many a cafe or pub dining area and that’s giant Yorkshires filled with sausages and onion gravy. Or giant Yorkshires filled with roast beef, onions and gravy, though I’m sure that other types of meat would be just as good, depending upon your tastes.

Another variation came as a total shock to me. There I was in a Chinese restaurant in Castleford checking out the buffet and next to the spring rolls and wontons I saw a strange sight of small Yorkshire puddings filled with a chicken and vegetable sauce. Of course I had to try them but to be honest I found them a bit bland and wondered if a curry sauce would have excited the taste buds a bit more.

I’ve heard that they can be found in restaurants, but I’ve only ever found them in M & S. That is steak and mushroom baked in a pie made with the Yorkshire pudding batter mix. They are gorgeous and I would love to be able to make them but I can’t figure out how to bake them with a top on and still get them crispy on the outside.

However, I’m a dab hand with the normal uses and experimenting with Yorkshire pudding desserts has been interesting and tasty. Mini Yorkshires baked in tart or muffin tins served cold with mandarin oranges inside them and topped with a dollop of lemon ice cream is delicious. Raspberries and either chocolate sauce or ice cream are an alternative filling, or kiwi fruit, strawberries and fresh cream. Almost anything goes really.

For Valentines day you can round your meal off with heart shaped pancakes made with Yorkshire pudding batter which also happens to be the same recipe as pancake batter mix.

Valentines Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients:

* Yorkshire pudding batter or pancake mix

* red food coloring

* Sliced fresh fruit including melon, passion fruit, strawberries and banana

* Lemon flavoured ice cream or squirty cream for the more adventurous!

Directions:

Mix a couple of drops of red colouring into your favorite Yorkshire pudding/pancake batter recipe, then spoon the pink batter into a heated skillet to form a heart shape. This method can also be used to form other fun shapes.

When cooked cool and top with slices of mixed fresh fruit and lemon ice cream. To make it more festive you can top with chocolate chips or cherries.

This is a nice light dessert to end a Valentines day or any other romantic meal.

Just click on the link to get a traditional Yorkshire pudding recipe and many more worldwide recipes and cooking tips. Or for romantic relationship advice click on love tips at any time of the year.

Well, Valentine’s Day is almost here… Bake something sweet for your love one. It’s gonna be a nice surprise.

Chocolate melted hearts

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons condensed milk

 

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and white sugar until fluffy. In an other mixing bowl, beat in eggs, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Mix creamy butter with beaten eggs, until well combined.

Combine dry ingredients (all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt) and gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Cover with plastic bag and chill for 2 hours. Roll chilled dough on a floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness.

Cut with cookie cutter and place 1 inch apart on greased sheets. Bake at 375 degrees Faraday for 5 minutes, or until lightly brown. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.

Melt unsweetened chocolate chips with condensed milk over double boiler. Spread carefully over hearts.

It’s not such an easy job, but with a little bit of patience this job should be done. All my recipes are from my family, from my mother, grandmother… and now I will share with you, a family like mine. All of them are easy recipes and has easy step-by-step instructions. If I can do them, you can do it to. Please feel free to try these recipes and let me know what do you think. Enjoy!