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A Romantic Dinner for Two.


8 February 2019





What! We are already nearly half way through Feb, its so crazy how time flies when you‘re having fun! It also means that Valentines day is around the corner, which some may be excited about and others may be... well dreading the day!


This week on #romancingthehome, we hope that we can help make your Valentines day great and show you that it doesn't have to be difficult or expensive to have a romantic dinner for two!


Valentine’s Day has never been a very important holiday for me, however for the last 7 Valentine’s days, I have realised that it is a special day to celebrate your love for your partner even if its in the smallest way. I usually just do a small breakfast in bed for Clint and get him his favourite thing in the world, CHOCOLATE! We also sometimes go for a dinner depending on if we remember to book before all the restaurants are fully booked. However I don't think that Valentines day should be the only time to celebrate your love for one another, it can be as simple as leaving a note for your partner next to his/her bed, or a sweet simple message during the day, or pouring a nice bubble bath for them after a long day, or a simple dinner that you haven't tried before, with the table set with some candles and fairy lights, and romantic music in the background.


So this week that's exactly what we did. I planned on having a dinner by candlelight on our patio but the weather didn't play along and it has been a bit chilly in the evenings. There is nothing worse than the cold, so I had to change my plan! I decided to use our dining room table, even though we don't have dining room chairs yet, and the table is way too big for only two people. I used two of our old dining room chairs, and set the table only at the end of the table. Everything I used to set the table, we already had at home except for some fresh flowers.



As you can see I'm a very plain person and love neutral colours!

To set a romantic table all it takes are some fresh flowers, lots of candles, fairy lights and for an extra touch some rose petals!


For the dinner I decided to do an Italian themed evening, because we got engaged in Venice and they are definitely some of the best memories I have! Sitting at a restaurant on the Canal eating pasta and drinking Prosecco, life couldn't get better, but it did when after a few bottles of Prosecco Clint had calmed is nerves enough to propose to me. It couldn't have been more perfect!


So I bought a bottle of Prosecco, made a chicken, bacon, spinach and pesto pasta (recipe below) for our mains, and for dessert, I made some chocolate ganache (recipe below) because like I said we LOVE chocolate, and cut up some fruit and other goodies to dip in the chocolate. So simple and it took me 45 minutes max! Which means that it doesn't only have to be done on Valentines day it can be done any day of the week.



Chicken, Bacon, Spinach and Pesto Pasta


So simple to make but so delicious

Ingredients


Olive oil 1 tbsp

Minced Garlic 2 tsp

Fresh Chilli 1 tsp

1 Chopped Onion

Bacon 250g

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts 400g

Salt 2 tsp

Pepper 1 tsp

Chicken stock 1 cube dissolved in a cup of water

Baby Spinach 200g

Milk 6 cups

Linguine Pasta 500g

Basil Pesto 125g

Grated Parmesan cheese 200g

(Serves 6)


Method


1. Heat up the olive oil in a large pot on medium heat and add the garlic, chilli and onion, and allow to soften.

2. Once onions are caramelised add in bacon, cut into small pieces, and cook until crispy.

3. When bacon is cooked, throw in the chicken which is cut into small cubes, with the salt and pepper. Allow to cook through.

4. Add in spinach and allow to cook.

5. Dissolve the chicken stock in a cup of hot water and add to chicken and bacon mixture.

6. Pour the 6 cups of milk into the same pot and bring to the boil.

7. Once milk is boiling add in the pasta and allow to cook.

8. When the pasta is cooked, add in the Basil Pesto and the Parmesan cheese and mix in with the rest of the pasta.

9. Dish into bowls and add fresh Basil leaves for garnishing.

10. Enjoy!





Chocolate Ganache (cream)



Ingredients


Cream 250ml

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate 150g


Method


1. Pour cream into pot and bring to the boil.

2. Once boiling, remove from heat and add in chocolate broken up into two cubes at a time.

3. Allow chocolate to melt properly mixing it into the cream.

4. Add to bowl and store in refrigerator over night for thick and creamy chocolate.

5. Serve with cut up fruit or marshmallows.

6. Also great to use over a chocolate cake!


For a chocolate mousse consistency, you can use an electric mixer once cooled over night, and beat it as you would cream.



So there you have it friends! A delicious yet simple romantic dinner for two!

I hope you try out these recipes and let me know what you think!


Also take a look at my fellow blogger friends and see how they enjoyed their romantic dinner for two!

Stacy - Sawdust and Highheels

Ramona - Ruffles & Rust

Talia - My Shabby Shack


XOXO



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