3 Heart-Warming Courses for Valentine's Day

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Is there anything more romantic than a home cooked meal? We don’t think so!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so why not show your loved one you care with three heart-warming courses, perfect for an evening in for two? The key ingredients featured in this blog post are all available to purchase on our site too so make sure you add them to your basket now.

Halloumi & Sweet Chilli Sauce 

What’s on our site:

3 fresh red chillies
1 lime
1 block of halloumi cheese
Lambs leaf (to serve)

What You’ll Need:

2 tbsp of runny honey (available here)
Extra virgin olive oil (to taste)

What to do:

1. Slice 3 chillies in half and remove seeds. Chop fine and add to a small pan along with the honey, and 1 tsp of lime juice.

2. Place the pan on the hob and bring to a bubble, then turn the heat down low and let it foam for 4 minutes, stirring frequently before removing from the heat.

3. Arrange your lambs leaf on two plates, and pour as much oil over them as you want. Cut the remaining lime half into wedges and garnish plates.

4. Heat a frying pan on the hob. Add 8 halloumi slices when pan is hot and cook them for 30–60 seconds until they are golden brown underneath, turning them once to ensure they are the same colour on both sides.

5. Add cooked halloumi to the salad plates, spoon over sweet chilli sauce, and serve immediately.

Butternut Squash, Mushroom & Chorizo Risotto 

What’s on our site:

1 white Spanish onion
200g chorizo
200g mushrooms
1 butternut squash, cut into small squares

200g cold butter, diced (available here)
50g parmesan cheese, grated (available here)

What You’ll Need:

350g risotto rice
200ml red wine
850ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

What to do:

1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Slice onions and mushrooms, and cut butternut squash into small cubes. Add the onion to the pan and sauté for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms and butternut squash, cooking until tender and the mushrooms are slightly brown (about 6-8 minutes).

2. Stir in the rice and cook for 2 minutes. Turn up the heat and add the wine; it should sizzle as it hits the pan. Cook for a further 2 minutes to evaporate the alcohol.

3. Once the liquid has reduced, begin adding the hot stock a ladleful at a time over a medium heat. Allowing each ladleful to be absorbed before adding the next, and stir continuously. The rice should always be moist but not swimming in liquid. This step should take about 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, fry the chorizo in a pan over medium heat. When the risotto is done, remove it from the heat and stir in the chorizo and the cold butter. Garnish with parmesan, season to taste, then serve.

Chocolate Chilli Avocado Mousse 

What’s on our site:

2 ripe avocados
1 fresh chilli

3–4 tbsp runny honey (available here)

What You’ll Need:

1 tsp vanilla extract
50g raw cacao powder

What to do:

1. Combine both avocados and 1 tsp of fresh chilli in a blender or food processor. Alternatively, you can mash them together by hand however this won’t be quite as smooth.

2. Blend or mash to your desired consistency.

3. When ready, stir in honey to taste.

4. Separate into two of your fanciest bowls, garnish with fresh chilli (if you’re feeling brave) and serve!

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