Here are some suggested menus, perfect for wooing the one you love. But hurry – some end today.
Best for: Steak lovers
ICELAND has a great deal on steak, chips and strawberries for £5.50, saving £3 on the usual price. You can get your hands on the offer until Sunday.
Main course: Iceland luxury gaucho sirloin steak (227g), down to £2.50 from £4. With Iceland steak-cut chips, 1.25kg, £1.
Dessert: Strawberries, 400g, £2.
Best for: Keeping it simple
THE Co-op’s deal includes a main meal for two, and two side dishes (or one side and dessert) for £8, saving £3.80 on buying these individually. The offer is on until February 20. My pick of the options available is:
Main course: Irresistible chicken in white wine sauce, with side of Irresistible dauphinoise potatoes.
Dessert: Irresistible chocolate melt-in-the-middle puddings.
Best for: Classics well done
WAITROSE has a £20 deal for a starter, main course, two side dishes, dessert and wine, fizz or chocolates. There’s a big selection and if you pick the items below you’ll be saving £13.17 compared with their usual price. Be quick though – the offer ends today.
To start: Vegetarian mushroom arancini.
Main course: Two ribeye steaks and bearnaise butter with sweet potato chips and Waitrose cauliflower cheese.
Dessert: Waitrose 1 two raspberry panna cottas.
To drink: Les Dauphins cotes du Rhone villages.
Best for: Value
MORRISONS The Best Dine-In Deal for Valentine’s includes a starter, main, a side to share, a dessert and a bottle of wine, soft drink or chocolates, all for £15. The selection below – one of a huge range of choices for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans – saves £12 on buying the items individually. Offer runs until Sunday.
To start: Tear and share bread and French camembert.
Main course: Beef Wellington with side of The Best green vegetable medley.
Dessert: The Best Belgian chocolate and salted caramel sharing heart.
To drink: The Best prosecco spumante.
Best for: Individual choice
CHOOSE individual main dishes with Tesco’s meal deal including any starter, two mains, side, dessert, a half bottle of Champagne, full bottle of Prosecco, wine, or a box of chocolates, for £20. The deal can save customers up to £13.70. The offer ends today.
To start: Finest tomato and mozzarella tartlets.
Main course: Finest lobster mac and cheese with Finest caramelised onion and cheddar rosti hearts.
Dessert: Finest chocolate brownie heart.
To drink: Finest Premier Cru non-vintage Champagne, 37.5cl.
Best for: Surf and turf
SAINSBURY’S £18.25 bundle for Valentine’s has delicious choices for meat and fish lovers. Hurry though, the deals ends today.
To start: Sainsbury’s sweet chilli prawns, were £2.75, now £2.50.
Main course: Sainsbury’s two rump steaks with heart-shaped pink peppercorn butter, £6. With side of crispy triple-cooked chips in beef dripping, 400g, down to £2 from £2.60.
Dessert: Gü zillionaires’ salted caramel cheesecake desserts, down to £1.50 from £3.
To drink: Edizione 789 Di Mondelli Prosecco, £6.25.
Best for: Variety
ASDA’S Extra Special Valentine’s Day meal deal is £15 and includes a starter, a main, two side dishes, a dessert and a drink. Vegan options too. The deal ends today.
To start: Extra Special Cornish Camembert with a sloe gin & cranberry dip.
Main course: Chorizo-wrapped chicken in Chianti sauce. With roast root vegetables with shallot & dijon butter and fondant potatoes. All from the Extra Special range.
Dessert: Extra Special red velvet melting puddings.
To drink: Extra Special rosé cava.
Best for: Choice & chocs
MARKS & Spencer has a £20 deal, giving romantics the choice of 35 dishes, which means more than 200 different menu combinations. Diners can tuck in to a delicious starter, main, side, dessert, box of chocolates and bottle of fizz for two people – with a maximum saving of £19.30. The offer runs until Saturday.
To start: Coquille St Jacques.
Main course: Gastropub lamb shanks with dauphinoise potatoes.
Dessert: Vibrant macaroons.
To drink: Conte Priuli prosecco.
Plus: Milk and dark chocolate hearts.
Creamy wild mushrooms & walnut pasta
- 50g mixed dried mushrooms
- 200g tagliatelle
- 60g walnuts, roughly chopped
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- 3 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 10g butter
- 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 2 tbsp Marsala wine
- 150ml single cream
- ½ lemon, juice and zest only
- Place the dried mushrooms in a large bowl and pour over 400ml boiling water. Set aside to soak. Cook the pasta in boiling water according to the packet instructions.
- Over a medium to high heat, toast the walnuts in a large saucepan for two minutes until crisp and golden. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Return the pan to the heat, add the oil and sauté the shallots for three minutes.
- Drain the mushrooms, reserving some of the water, and squeeze out any excess water. Add the garlic and thyme to the shallots and cook for a further minute. Then reduce to a low-medium heat and stir through the butter and mushrooms. Cook for five minutes until warmed through.
- Stir the mustard and Marsala into the mushrooms and cook for about 15 seconds, then pour over the cream and lemon juice and cook for one minute.
- Drain the pasta and toss it through the mushrooms with half the toasted walnuts and a little of the mushroom water to loosen the sauce. Transfer to plates and scatter with the remaining walnuts and lemon zest to serve.
Chocolate Eton mess
- 5 mini meringue nests
- 200ml low-fat crème fraîche
- 200g fresh strawberries
- 4 tbsp chocolate sauce.
- Crush the mini meringue nests in a mixing bowl and stir in the crème fraîche.
- Hull and halve most of the strawberries and toss the halves into the meringue mixture before carefully spooning into a dish big enough for two to share.
- Then decorate with the whole strawberries.
- Keep chilled until you’re ready for your dessert and then drizzle over the chocolate sauce just before serving.
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