If your future date, boyfriend or husband doesn’t make an appearance till Valentine’s Day, we give you a reason to celebrate anyway. Throw a Valentine’s-themed party for singles and show them couples what partying truly means. Strictly speaking food, we suggest menu ideas to summon more love in your life or seal the deal with your crush.
1. Drink Up
Most parties entail BYOB as you open the doors of your house to guests. However, you can add your signature touch with ice cubes. Get ice trays with heart-shaped ice moulds and freeze pomegranate seeds or flower petals. Pretty things frozen in ice make all things nice. We do spend a lot of time on pinterest and found this amazing idea here.
2. Cheese and dips
While you can quickly reach for store-bought fries and chips, it’s just adds that little something if you stock up on some cheese, crackers and crostini. Get the basic cheeses such as Brie, Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese, Cheese with ham. Don’t miss out on dips with carrot and cucumber sticks.
3. Main Entrée
The main course should ideally consist of one pot meals that are easy to make and creates less of mess in the kitchen. We especially like the recipe of the heart-shaped pizza and vegetable Thai curry that are easy to make and will not confuse your guests with too many choices.
4. From the heart
Get creative and think how you can play around with your food. You can take a heart-shaped cookie cutter and create shapes out of beetroot, potato, zucchini, cucumber and crostini breads. Your snacks’ platter can be dedicated to love as illustrated by the picture.
5. Prop it Up
Use props like napkins with kisses or straws to kick in the spirit of V-day. You can even have paper-cut-outs of kisses and glue them to toothpicks that your guests can use while relishing the snacks.
6. End on a sweet note
We have this super simple recipe of chocolate lava cake that won’t take more than 10-minutes to make:
50 gms butter
70 gms 53% cocoa Callebaut chocolate
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
50 gms sugar
2 tablespoons flour + a little for dusting
A little cocoa for dusting
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 225 C/ 450 F. Butter and lightly sprinkle flour and cocoa on the two ramekins.
- Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler. Beat the egg, yolk and sugar with a whisk or an electric beater until pale yellow and thick.
- Beat together the melted chocolate and butter, it should be quite warm. Pour in the egg mixture, then quickly beat in the flour, just until combined.
- Divide the batter among the 2 ramekins (At this point, you can refrigerate the desserts for several hours until you are ready to eat, bring to room temperature before baking)
- Bake the moulds on a tray for 7-8 minutes. The center will be soft, but the sides will be set. Do not overbake, it will take away the gooeyness of the cake.
- Invert each mould onto a plate and let it sit for 10 seconds.
- Un-mould by lifting one corner of the mould. Serve immediately.
Recipe Courtesy: The Dessert Cart