Romance is not really on the agenda here, but it’s coming up to that time of year when Valentine’s Day arrives before we know it. Now with the right company I am sure any food can be romantic, but if you wanted a few pointers, from hearts and flowers to something a little more saucy, then here’s a few to consider:
Romance of Food by Barbara Cartland – well, if you want hearts and flowers then surely no one could top Barbara Cartland. If you’ve read many of my posts you may know I have a thing for vintage cookbooks, and this one would definitely tick that box. The names of the dishes remind me of a particularly naff Valentine’s dinner at a Chinese in St Albans, but that’s a different story!
Seduction and Spice: 130 Recipes for Romance – well, this one sounds hopeful, given how many spices are supposed to have qualities and effects over and above just great flavour. Who knows if they work or not, but if you can pick up one of the second hand copies at under £5 then worth trying.
Seductive Tables for Two: Tablescapes, Picnics and Recipes That Inspire Romance – I have no idea who the author is (well, obviously I can see her name, but you know what I mean). But it sounds like they may be nice ideas, and certainly a great alternative to an over-priced dinner out on the evening. Back to that naff Chinese in St Albans…! But who could resist a Mango Tango for Two?
Two for Tonight: Pure Romance from L’Auberge Chez Francois – this looks like some serious cooking, although the titles less so. Breakfast in Bed sounds very international but Love in the Afternoon perhaps betrays the French origins of much of this. Like true love, these are not recipes not to be rushed, as they are quite complex, but then isn’t love?
Valentine Martinis – Love Potion Libations for Lovers – pink, fluffy and martini glasses galore. If you can’t go a bit naff on Valentine’s Day when can you? Besides which when else are you supposed to get those decorated martini glasses out?
So have fun, go crazy, cook well, but remember most of all to laugh and love lots. Or, if you’ve missed being grumpy since Christmas, then say “Bah Humbug” to the whole thing!