Date Night

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach but perhaps one of the most appealing qualities from a woman's perspective is a man who can cook. Even the most novice cook can whip up a great meal with a little preparation.
Just be sure to have plenty of wine on hand to help get you through the process. Spice up your Valentine's Day with any of these delicious recipes. Your date is sure to fall head over heels and nothing says I love you like a romantic dinner for two. 

No romantic dinner is complete without an aphrodisiac and freshly shucked oysters will do the trick. Pair the oysters with a crisp Sparkling Wine to begin. 

Next, Jamie Oliver's Roasted Rack of Lamb with Crushed Potatoes (recipe below) is perfect for your Valentines entrée. Simple to prepare but ever so impressive. Roasted lamb is delicious when paired with a lush Chilean Pinot Noir

Finally, chocolate covered strawberries are a classic dessert option to conclude your dinner. They can easily be prepared in advance and are wonderfully charming served with a sweet Ice Wine.

  

Roast Rack of Lamb with Crushed Potatoes
Pair with: Chilean Pinot Noir 
 

 Ingredients:

  • 10 Anya potatoes
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1 quality 6-bone rack of lambolive oil
  • 1 handful Kalamata olives, stoned
  • 1 small handful garlic clovessea saltfreshly ground black peppera few sprigs rosemary
  • 2 lugs olive oil  
     

 Directions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5.

2. Boil the potatoes until tender and squeeze the pips from the tomatoes.
Stick a large frying pan on a high heat, add a lug of olive oil and sear the lamb until golden. Remove and put to one side while you crush the drained potatoes in the frying pan – use the bottom of a jar or a masher – then fry for a couple of minutes over a low to medium heat.

3. Stir the tomatoes and olives into the potatoes with some seasoning and rosemary sprigs, drizzle with a little olive oil and place in a roasting tin. Place the lamb on top of the potatoes and cook according to pack instructions. Depending on the size of the racks, the lamb will take somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes to cook, but will still be pink in the middle (add 5 to 10 minutes if you like your meat well done).

4. When the lamb is cooked to your liking, slice it into chops and serve with the crispy potatoes and a little salsa verde or an extra drizzle of olive oil.