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Valentine’s Day: recipes and wine pairings for a romantic and memorable evening

Whether you celebrate it as a family, with friends or as a couple, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to get together with your loved ones over a nice meal .

Some prefer to go out to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day but why not share a home cooked meal with your favorite person at home?

Valentine's Day: recipes and wine pairings for a romantic and memorable evening
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And since there is no reason these days to give love and bring a little joy, let’s go all out to celebrate the holiday of love, with family, friends, roommates or couples!

Cooking for Valentine’s day

Delicious recipe for Valentine's Day

Here are our top recipes for a perfect Valentine’s Day meal, that are easy to cook and delicious!

The goal here is to simplify the preparation, so that you can make the most of the time spent with your loved ones without sacrificing taste.

Foods known to be aphrodisiacs

If you’re planning a romantic dinner or evening, you can also incorporate a few “aphrodisiac” foods into your menu. Of course it’s not scientifically proven, but it will keep the conversation going!

Rather, these are foods that would affect your mood, provide energy or stimulate the production of serotonin or dopamine.

Some examples:

  • cheese, especially mozzarella, which is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that stimulates the production of serotonin, the hormone responsible for happiness
  • chocolate;
  • ginger;
  • oysters;
  • mushrooms;
  • asparagus.

Bites and appetizers for Valentine’s Day

Grilled octopus salad and wine pairing
Grilled octopus salad and wine pairing

For starters, opt for light and fresh dishes. If you want to make your meal a little more convivial, you can simply serve platters of cold cuts and cheeses as main courses.

Main courses suggestions

Seafood risotto
Photo: Éditions Goélette

For the main course, I suggest you choose recipes that don’t require too much preparation during the evening. You want to spend time in good company, not in front of the oven!

Desserts ideas, with or without chocolate

Dessert board with Nutella, cookies, macaroons, chocolate, wafers and berries

For dessert , why not opt for a dessert board, which has the advantage of being friendly and greedy!

Strawberries covered with dark chocolate and white chocolate lines

Otherwise, chocolate covered strawberries are always a winner! You can pair this with a good digestive or an alcoholic coffee and the trick is done.

What drinks to serve on Valentine’s Day?

Bottle of sparkling wine and two flutes

To start the evening, there is nothing better than a cocktail or a glass of bubbles, accompanied by appetizers or even a cheese board.

Or you can also choose to go with a pink and romantic theme with one of these 7 wine, cider and bubbly rosés suggestions.


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