The secret to a truly spectacular Valentine’s Day is decadent chocolate. But this year many of us are looking at a whole Valentine’s weekend – which is plenty more time to fill in. To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of great date ideas and gifts that are sure to impress your date and put you securely in their good books.
Looking to impress with a show-stopping meal, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen? Swap hours of toiling behind the cooker for carefree cooking and a guaranteed smile on the other side of the dinner table.
Simply Cook sends you neat recipe cards, spice mixes and handy shopping lists, making cooking a breeze even for the novice chef. It gets better: all four dishes can be mastered in just 30 minutes.
The Discover Box contains the following recipes:
Toss together a sharing platter of fiery churrasco Portuguese chicken along with spiced wedges and aioli.
Heat things up with a luxurious but simple pasta. Cherry tomatoes, wild garlic, rosemary and chorizo with a special red pepper sprinkle to garnish.
Go east with a yummy coconut curry featuring cardamom, cumin and citrussy lemongrass, galangal and ginger.
The sweet and sour flavours in this Vietnamese dish will take you on a taste sensation rollercoaster while the lightness will ensure there’s room for a dessert of craft chocolate.
Wine’s not your thing, but still want something finer in the glass to mark the occasion? Check out Honest Brew. In the same way we discover and share chocolate, they discover and share beer. And not just any beer. They curate monthly boxes of the best craft ales and lagers out there, tailoring to each member individually.
Honest Brew have designed a special edition Valentine’s Day box and with twelve bottles there’s more than enough beer to keep you and your date happy all night long. Share the Love Maker mixed case with your one true Valentine – they’ve included two bottles of each beer so there’s no fighting over who gets what. And to sweeten the deal a little more, you get two Honest Brew glasses to make the day extra special.
No meal is complete without wine. Vinoa is a great way to discover artisan wines at affordable prices. Their wine tasting subscription lets you taste wines before buying them.
You can also order a one-off box and organise an intimate five-star tasting in the comfort of your own home. Tasting notes are included to perfect your evening.
Fancy a full-size bottle to go with your Simply Cook meal? Get this Syrah for the Churrasco chicken, Sangiovese for the chorizo rigatoni, Grüner Veltliner for the Thai Beef Massaman, and the Chenin Blanc for the Vietnamese Ca Kho To.
You can order just a single bottle, but we always order in cases. These bottles make a great gift either just for yourself or for sharing with your date.
Remember, there’s still time to order Cocoa Runners Valentine’s collection. There’s no need to plan a dessert when you’ve got some of our best bars stashed away. What better way to wrap up Valentine’s Day than share a bar or three of rich craft chocolate with your lucky date?