by Kim Wilkinson

This Valentine’s Day give a personal gesture of a romantic night in with candles, and a home cooked meal.

Entrée: Bruschetta

Toast slices of baguette and top with halves of cherry tomatoes and slices of mozzarella, then drizzle with balsamic glaze

Main Meal: Pan-Seared Filet Mignon in Red Wine Sauce, with Whipped Potatoes and Sautéed Asparagus.

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, drain then mash with butter and milk until smooth.

Season the Filet Mignon with salt and pepper and sear in a hot pan with butter until cooked to your liking. Rest the beef on a warmed plate while you deglaze the pan with red wine, beef stock and thyme. Cook the sauce until it reduces and thickens and put in a pouring jug or dipping bowls.

Cook asparagus in a warm pan with olive oil and crushed garlic for a few minutes until just tender. Season with salt and pepper

Dessert: Chocolate Fondue Dessert Platter

Chop strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, cookies, cake, and anything else you’d like to dip into chocolate, into bite sized pieces.

Place dark chocolate with thick cream, a drop of vanilla extract and a pinch of sale in fondue bowl over a burner or candle, or use a bowl sitting over a pot of lightly simmering water. Carefully stir until melted.

Use skewers to grab a bite sized treat to dip into your chocolate and enjoy!

Article thanks to Christian Media and Arts Australia

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