I don’t fall for the ‘I don’t like Valentine’s Day because it’s too commercialised’ kind of statements-I fittingly love, LOVE, LOVE it! Why? Because it’s a day to celebrate love whether that’s romantic or otherwise and no one can have too much love (or red roses) can they?!
My husband Peter and I don’t go crazy with presents (it’s usually flowers for me and an exchange of cards for each of us) but we do like to create a slap up meal just for the two of us each year and for this one I’m preparing a delicious dinner a deux with bubbles of course from delicious fare from Iceland.
For starter I heated up this delicious tomato soup (we bought two, one for each of us. (500g £1.50).
I fittingly matched the soup to my tomato Warehouse sweater with leopard print collar! Food and fashion in one!
This frozen starter of rich Italian tomato soup is flavoured with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (3%), fragrant basil, salt and garlic puree- and NOTHING else. Just 12 minutes in the microwave and garnished with basil, it is utterly delicious.
1. Remove outer packaging, pierce film lid several times.
2. Place on a microwaveable plate.
3. Cook for 12 minutes.
4. Stand for 1 minute, stir before serving.
Caution when removing film lid as there will be a build up of steam.
Light enough to kick start a three course meal, the tomato soup would also make the perfect lunch with warm bread dunked in too!
Iceland have an incredible frozen bread range and we love the ciabatta you can cook in the oven from frozen.
Our main is Mediterranean tuna (I used 4 fillets, 2 each and Iceland have a 3 for £10 frozen fish offer) on Iceland’s frozen bulgur wheat in a lemon and mint dressing drizzled with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and sea salt and ground pepper.
RECIPE for the main:
Ingredients: (all from Iceland)
- 4 Tuna Steaks (432g)
- Drizzle of Olive Oil (using Royal warranted Lupa Olive oil from Iceland, £2.50 for 750ml)
- 1/2 bulb garlic, finely chopped
- 1 x packet Bulgur Wheat in a lemon & mint dressing (500g)
- Squeeze fresh lemon
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Oven cook tuna steaks brushed with olive oil as per instructions on the packet.
1. Pre-heat oven.
2. Remove required amount from packaging.
3. Wrap loosely in foil.
4. Place on a baking tray near the middle of the oven for time stated.
Once cooked, drizzle olive oil onto a griddle pan, add garlic. Once the cloves are golden, add the tuna to give a grilled finish turning until browned.
Once heated through, microwave the bulgur wheat as per directions on the packet below-
1. Remove from all packaging.
2. Place into a large microwaveable dish.
3. Cover with film and pierce several times.
4. Cook for 6 minutes.
5. Stir, cook for a further 2 minutes.
6. Stand 1 minute, stir before serving.
When serving, add bulgur wheat to a dish first and top with tuna steaks.
Drizzle all with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and season with salt and pepper.
And now, get ready to swoon over dessert with these luxury Belgian Chocolate melt in the middle puddings (2 of the 4).
The dreamiest chocolatey-est puddings I’ve ever tried!
These delicate and sumptuous puddings are the ideal indulgent finale to a romantic meal.
And as it’s Valentine’s, and I couldn’t resist another dessert (piglet springs to mind) it had to be this beauty too! We’ll be sharing it with the kids tomorrow don’t worry (maybe!)
Fittingly heart shaped, this Salzburg Patisserie Raspberry Heart Cake below, needs to be defrosted in the fridge 3-4 or room temperature 1-2 hours.
It is only available in store.
This creamy yoghurt cream cake with raspberries on a chocolate sponge is the ideal accompaniment to prosecco, champagne or red wine.
The perfect date night dessert.
And remember, all these dishes are not just for Valentine’s, go treat yourself to divine food all year round.
Iceland has also got an offer where if you buy 1 starter, 2 main meals and 1 dessert, you’ll receive a free bottle of Prosecco*.
- Salmon and Prawn Shells £1.99
- Cheese Soufflé x2 £1.99
- King Prawn Alfredo £2.59
- Steak Chianti Ragu £2.59
- Cottage Pie £2.59
- Fish Pie £2.59
- Melt in the Middle Puddings x 4 £2.49
- Crème Brulee x2 £2.49
- Prosecco £6.79
- Rose Prosecco £6.79
This is a commissioned post for Iceland. Read more about the partnership and enter to win £500 vouchers HERE.