Valentine's Day is upon us once more. If finances are a little stretched or you've not an earthly of finding a babysitter that night we've come up with some suggestions for knocking up a special meal in your own home instead (Barry White soundtrack optional). 

We've gone through the thousands of great recipes on Mumsnet to pick out some especially fancy and romantic menu suggestions. There's a selection of meat, fish and veggie options, so mix and match to your heart's content. 

 Starters 

Start your romantic meal with this zingy and palate-cleansing salad, which is also a cinch to prepare with only four ingredients.

Easily prepped in advance, this smokey mackerel pate is delicious with toasted bread, and contains  horseradish for an extra kick.

Blanch asparagus and combine with some top-notch salty proscuitto ham to make an impressive starter. Serve it drizzled with (optional) framboise syrup.

 

   Mains  

Slice and stack oven-roasted aubergine and mediterranean halloumi to make this lovely vegetarian main, fantastic with cherry tomatoes and chopped chives on the side.

Duck is a perfect match for the tangy Asian flavours in this salad, like soy sauce, Thai fish sauce, mint and cashews. 

Creme fraiche, dill and lemon bring out the rich flavour of the smoked salmon in this posh twist on a classic Italian dish.

 

 Desserts 

These simple pots de creme taste delicious, combining chocolate, liquor and strong coffee to make a lovely rich pudding. 

If you can't make heart-shaped desserts today, when can you? With chocolate and cherries, these are perfect for serving up with an espresso. 

No ice cream mixer needed! Just blend these ingredients to whip up a gorgeously creamy and fruity ice cream.

 

 

Last updated: 05-Feb-2014 at 1:14 PM