Last Minute Valentine’s Day Recipes And Wine Pairings

Missed out on making a booking at a fancy restaurant? That's no problem thanks to these Valentine's Day recipes from top SA chefs.


Kelleigh Korevaar |

Valentine’s Day typically means over-priced meals, over-crowded restaurants and over-hyped gestures. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve recruited SA chefs to give you some Valentine’s Day recipes and help you create a delicious labour of love.

Yes, it’s finally safe to go home instead of going big on Valentine’s Day. Research released by online community work.shop.play. revealed that 75% of us aren’t fans of public displays of affection, like sending flowers to the office or boasting on social media. The most coveted gift isn’t actually a gift at all – it’s breakfast in bed. (Although 82% of survey respondents weren’t averse to receiving flowers and chocolates if they were waiting at home.)

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But while breakfast in bed is all well and good on a lazy Saturday morning, this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. So skip the poached eggs, grab your chef’s hat and start the weekend right with a romantic home-cooked dinner instead. To set you up for success, we asked five chefs to share their favourite date-night meals from their cookbooks. Then head sommelier at The Test Kitchen, Tinashe Nyamudoka, paired wines with each meal. The result is so failsafe, you may want to stock up on breakfast ingredients after all… for the morning after!

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Below is one recipe from J’Something. If you’d like to check out some more winning Valentine’s Day recipes from chefs David Higgs, Armand Aucamp, Bertus Basson and Tjaart Walraven as well as the affordable wines to pair with them, buy a copy of the latest Men’s Health here.

“For me, to impress with food you need to focus on packing a dish full of flavour before you try make it look pretty. So often we try and make food look Insta-worthy but forget to make it actually taste good! This recipe ensures both. Nothing like a good bowl of comfort food,” says J’Something. “And what really makes this twist on the classic carbonara is the smokey chorizo that I absolutely adore and have yet to meet someone who doesn’t. Make sure you get some delicious wine or get the Sangria recipe in my book. Oh, and add a fresh green salad to seal the deal.”

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Tinashe’s Recommendation: Elmie Rosé 2018

“This Pinotage rosé exudes aromas of strawberries and cherries on the nose and crushed cranberry on the palate to give a great dry finish. The wine is fleshy enough to tame the chilli and dry enough to compliment the cheese.”

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ELMIE, Rosé 750ml 2018

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Recipes And Wine Pairings

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