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Valentines Red Picnic at Home

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Valentines Day– It may be a new love or even an opportunity to show your family how special they are. Why not choose to have a Valentine’s picnic at home? 

Why choose a Home Picnic? 

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  • You can tailor to your budget.
  • Can easily be adapted for a romantic picnic for 2 or a small gathering for the people close to you.
  • Decorations are often at hand already in your house i.e. adapt those Christmas Fairy lights.
  • Keep you and your loved one safe at home during corona times.

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The Invitation for Valentines

Firstly anticipation and love can be demonstrated in a cleverly crafted invitation. It makes the event and indeed the love of your life feel more special. Whether you simply produce a small handwritten note, a rose attached to an invitation, or a small love poem tied to a pink pack of homemade heart biscuits …make it memorable. It’s all part of the build-up!

 

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Decorations and Ambiance

Once you have decided to set up a valentines picnic at home decide where in your house you will set up the picnic.

Set aside an Area

If it is winter still where you live, then a pretty blanket with pillows on the carpet in front of a fire is an attractive proposition.

Those of you lucky to have a mild climate then set up the picnic blanket in a sheltered spot in the garden.

Cushions

If you have red or pink cushions, scatter them around the area.

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Fairy Lights and Candles

Resurrect the Xmas fairy lights and drape around the area. Set up a few pillar candles that will add to the romance. Have all of this setup and lit before inviting your special guest/s to enter the picnic area.

Serviettes/Napkins

Go for Pink/or Red. Place them in empty wine glasses to further create a romantic mood.

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Roses Roses Roses –a must have!

Music – If music is the food of love — play on!

Remember back when? When you made and played mixed tapes for your loved ones? Dig them out or make a new one to show you Care!

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What to serve for a Romantic Valentines Picnic

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As this is a picnic setting it is suggested that a variety of small tapas type dishes be served.

Set up a large platter with a few types of finger foods. The trick is to serve the platters with various textured foods. Follow a red valentines theme:

 

Red Peppers stuffed with Feta

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Ingredients :

6 Roasted Red Bell peppers

1 cup of Feta crumbled

3 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt

2 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley

2 crushed garlic cloves

1 &1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice

A little olive Oil

 

Instructions : 

Mix the Feta and Yogurt with the crushed garlic.

Take this mixture and stuff the roasted peppers.

Place the stuffed peppers on a baking tray. Bake under a medium grill for5mins until the feat mixture browns slightly.

Mix the olive oil and lemon juice and sprinkle over the stuffed peppers just before serving.

Charcuterie Board (Finger Food)

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Visit your local deli and stock up on a variety of salamis, parma ham, and prosciutto.

Create sliced displays on a platter.

 

Balsamic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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Ingredients:

2lbs Cherry Tomatoes

2 garlic cloves crushed

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

Ground Black pepper

 1 Tablespoon chopped oregano leaves fresh

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 F

In a bowl, toss together all the ingredients. Make sure the tomatoes are well coated.

Roast for 20 minutes until the tomatoes are tender.

Remove from oven and sprinkle the oregano on top.

Serve hot or cold.

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Cheese Platter

 

On your platter of red ingredients provide a little contrast with a selection of cheeses. i.e. cream cheese with chopped sundried tomatoes mixed through. Delicious round baby camembert topped with fresh pomegranates or even a chili cheddar cheese.

 

Serve fresh lettuce, beetroot leaves with tossed pomegranate salad.

 

Recipe thanks to: s://theculinarylinguist.

 

West Coast mixed greens/beetroot leaves with Pomegranite Salad.

 

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Ingredients:

200 grams of crisp mixed garden lettuce/watercress/beetroot leaves, etc

1/4 cup fresh pomegranate kernels

1/2 tsp fresh rainbow peppercorns

1/8 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup pecans

1 soft ripe plum or a small pear

1/8 cup Danish blue cheese

 

Dressing:

1 TB tahini

2 TB apple cider vinegar

1 tsp hemp powder

 

In a small bowl add tahini, hemp powder, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk together. Wash and rinse the lettuce leaves and plum. Cut the plum into small bite-size pieces. Crumble the danish blue cheese. Toast your pecans and pumpkin seeds until golden brown in a frying pan (the pumpkin seeds will start making a crackling sound), then remove from the heat. Cut open the pomegranate and remove the fresh red pomegranate kernels. Removeall the white pith that covers and connects the kernels. Add all the ingredients together into a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over. Toss the salad so that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

 

The Valentines Sweet Platter

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This is where your imagination can run riot.

Delicious Red Strawberries dipped in dark chocolate….

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Red or pink Macaroons.

Small heart cookies.

Pink Gummies – brilliant for filling in spaces between other items.

Serve mini strawberry daiquiris in shooter glasses.

 

Strawberry Daiquiri for 2

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Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons light rum

½ cup fresh strawberries

1 (10oz0 bag frozen strawberries

1 x Lime just the juice

 

Instructions:

In the blender, add the rum, strawberries, and lime juice

Blend till smooth

Pour into a shot glass and decorate with a small lime wedge.

 

Red wine Chocolate Truffles ( Two of my favorite things !)

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Ingredients:

16 oz milk chocolate slab ( Chop coarsely)

2/3 rds cup oh heavy cream

½ cup red wine

1 Tablespoon butter – melted unsalted

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

 

Instructions:

Place the chocolate in a bowl and microwave slowly until the chocolate has melted.

Stir well.

Pour in the heavy cream and mix slowly until combined. ( If the mixture starts to stiffen just pop back in the microwave for a few seconds.

Let the mixture for 30mins at room temperature before placing it in the fridge for 4-6 hours until firm.

Place the cocoa powder in a shallow bowl.

Scoop out rounded tablespoons of the chilled mixture and roll into a ball.

Work quickly and coat the outside of the ball with cocoa. Shake off the excess.

Place on a baking sheet keeping cool until ready to serve.

 

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Happy Valentines!

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About the Author:

Hi, I am a writer based outside Cape Town in South Africa. I come from a Barbecue obsessed family. With the great weather we have in Cape Town ( most of the year) we enjoy Cooking Outside in our Backyard as often as possible. South African's love to "Braai" anything! The trick to continuing to enjoy Barbecuing is loving the old favorites but experimenting with new foods and methods often.

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