I wanted to ensure that it was going to be a special evening, something for the two of us to enjoy, with a few surprises along the way. I know some people don’t like to celebrate as they believe it is just a commercial gimmick, and they come out with the line “I don’t need Valentine’s Day to show my love or be romantic”. To me that’s a cop out. Being lame. Neither do I need 14th February to show it, you don’t have to take part in any commercial aspect if your against that, but isn’t it great to be involved when love is in the air? Anyway I enjoy it, and that is good enough for me.
Below is the menu that I spent 5 weeks planning and preparing, tweaking and changing. Due to the 14th February actually being in the week this year, we decided to celebrate it the Saturday afterwards. The next few posts that I will put on Back to the Chopping Board will be on each of the courses.
St Valentine’s Dinner
Saturday 18th February 2012
Cosmopolitan and Mojito
with vodka crème fraîche and beetroot
with date, fig & apple chutney, chargrilled malted grain bread, cornichons and caper berries
Fillet Steak and Triple Cooked Chips
with béarnaise sauce, slow roasted tomato, rocket and parmesan salad
Chambord Crème Brûlée
Chocolate Truffles and Champagne