Number 1: A picnic
My idea of a romantic meal is a picnic in some remote but beautiful location. I never tire of a cheesy sunset so I would plan my picnic around that. It would start off with a bottle of MCC or Champagne and involve lots of little nibbly things to share. Fresh berries and chocolate are the food of love so those would be in the mix too. I love the idea of sharing food. It makes the experience quite casual and intimate. If you are wanting to do a picnic and go the Covid-safe route you can check out my category of foods that are packed with ideas: Picnics, parties & dips. Otherwise, pop into Giovannis or your favourite local deli and pick up an array of goodies for your basket. You can check out my list of The best food shops in Cape Town for inspiration.
Number 2: A catered picnic
Go to a special location and get one of the picnics they make. If you live in and around Cape Town you are spoiled for choice. For a treat, I would opt for Chef Rudi Liebenberg’s picnic basket at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. You can have it in a pretty garden setting or at the pool.
Number 3. Breakfast
If picnics aren’t your vibe and you love it in the morning, a romantic breakfast either in or out of bed is a fabulous thing to do for your love. Here are a few recipe ideas for a special breakfast:
Check out all my breakfast recipes here for inspiration.
Number 4: A tapas-style dinner
I think sharing food is ultra-romantic and more intimate than eating your own plate. You can outsource some of the components of a tapas supper (like a good loaf of bread) to make it all easier. Go to the market tomorrow and pick up a few treats. This is like a picnic but at home and with a few hot dishes. Here are a few ideas;
Chickpeas & chorizo with sherry (one of my all-time favourite easy tapas dishes)
Check out all my tapas tyle dishes here
Number 5: Pasta love
If your idea of food love is a comforting bowl of pasta then these are a few ideas to get your romantic ideas flowing. I have SO many pasta recipes on my site so have a scout around. Or you can check out my top pasta recipes here.
Number 6: Fancy schmancy
My food is approachable home cooking so I don’t have a selection of recipes that require a high-grade skillset to make. My suggestion would be to take your love to your favourite fancy restaurant and spoil them rotten there. The industry has been so badly hit and they need our support:
Number 7: Keep it sweet
Any form of a romantic meal could not be complete without a delicious sweet treat to finish things off & chocolate is the ultimate food of love. these are my top 3 chocolate desserts for valentine’s day:
Happy Valentines Day this Sunday.