We're sure you have far better things to be doing on Valentine's Day than slaving away in the kitchen! With this fool-proof prep-ahead menu, you can tuck into a gourmet romantic supper without doing too much on the day
To drink? Raspberry prosecco cocktail
Keep a bag of frozen raspberries in the freezer, ready to use instead of ice cubes in these fruity Valentine's cocktails.
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Make the pickle for this delectable sharing platter up to two hours ahead, so all the flavours from the dill, pink peppercorns and fennel have time to infuse.
It's then a five minute job to assemble the dish: stir fragrant orange zest through crème fraîche, spread onto a platter and top with ribbons of smoked salmon. Sprinkle over the pickle and serve.
Something sweet? Ginger and rhubarb fool
Make your rhubarb coulis for these fancy fools the night before, by roasting rhubarb, honey and orange juice together, then leaving to cool. Keep covered in the fridge until you need it, ready to ripple through creamy Greek yogurt for a light and refreshing dessert.
And the grand finale? Handmade chocolate truffles
Flavour these truffles with your Valentine's favourite liqueur and nibble over coffee. Yep, they're a labour of love to make but keep well in an airtight container, so you can make them in advance.
Psst ... this recipe makes 30, so you can get away with snaffling a few yourself before Valentine's Day! Well deserved, no doubt.