Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — February 14th — so for those who are planning to make a night of it, why not try making a special dinner for your special someone?
I know I’m biased but I’ve always found that cooking is a really fun and relaxed way to spend an evening. Don’t try anything too complicated or fussy — you don’t want to be an anxious host — so choose dishes that are simple to prepare but delicious. If your guest can help with chopping up a few vegetables or dressing a salad, so much the better – most people love helping out.
For mains, why not try grilled steak, salmon or halloumi served with an Almond, Quinoa and Pomegranate Salad or Moroccan Rice Pilaf. For those who enjoy Asian flavours, these tasty Satays with Spicy Almond Sauce or this Tofu, Soy Bean and Almond Stir Fry served with steamed rice are also great options.
For dessert, I’ve come up with these Individual Raspberry Almond Crumbles: I don’t want to make a whole cake for only two people. Besides, there’s always something rather charming about individually portioned desserts.
The quantities below will fill two standard ramekins to the top when uncooked. As the berries cook, they will break down so don’t be alarmed when the crumbles shrink in the oven.
This crumble is gluten-free, so it won’t weigh you down. If you have dairy issues, you can substitute the butter for a dairy-free margarine like Nuttlex, and the dairy cream with coconut cream instead (remember to chill the coconut cream overnight prior to whipping).
- 200 grams fresh or frozen raspberries (or mixed berries)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla bean essence
- ½ cup almond meal
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 30 grams chilled butter, cut into small cubes
- ¼ cup almond flakes
- Small tub thickened cream to serve
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Divide raspberries into two ramekins and sprinkle over vanilla.
- In a small bow, mix almond meal and sugar and then add butter.
- Rub butter into mixture until it resembles coarse sand, then mix almond flakes in.
- Top raspberries with crumble mixture and bake for between 20-24 minutes or until nicely brown on top.