Don’t worry – you haven’t left it too late (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
It’s nearly Valentine’s Day… and we’re still in lockdown.
So that means no fancy meals out, no romantic cinema dates, no rooftop cocktails, no slow-dancing to live music. But you can still make the occasion special.
If you live with your partner, you have probably exhausted all of your romantic night-in strategies at this point. You’re probably sick of your local takeaways, and you’re almost certainly sick of cooking.
Why not make this Valentine’s Day feel like a special night by ordering a fancy meal kit.
Take the gourmet experience home with one of these simple-to-follow but still impressive home recipe kits. And making the meal as a couple adds a nice interactive element to your night.
If you’ve left your V Day planning to the last minute – don’t worry. Here’s a round-up of fancy meal deliveries that you can still order in time for the biggest day in the lovers’ calendar.
The perfect pud (Picture: By Alastair Little)
Simple and easy to prepare at home, this special recipe box has been created by legendary chef Alastair Little.
They are delivered by electric rickshaw in London and by overnight courier to the rest of the country. The Valentine’s meal starts with a hand-crafted and barrel-aged Negroni. Then three courses, and completed with sumptuous Petit Fours.
There is the option to order these tasty meals on subscription (Picture: Photography by Krishanthi)
This is a delicious, plant-powered feast, packed with their signature dishes: aubs curry – a deep and rich aubergine and potato curry, dhaal boy – smooth and hearty red lentil curry, chanana – aromatic and spicy chickpea curry; and fried moko, Trinidadian pan-fried plantain, just as examples.
The fusion Trinidadian and Sri-Lankan feasts draw on knowledge passed down through generations. All of the freshly cooked dishes arrive chilled, ready to heat on the hob or in the microwave, and can also be frozen.
Up your home-dining game with this fancy box of food (Picture: Homestead)
The starter is chalkstream trout tartare, followed by belted Galloway chateaubriand, with hot chocolate molleux, pistachio sabayon. Ridiculous.
The boxes are designed for two people and are available for collection or delivery if you are living on London City Island. Last orders need to be in by Friday at 5pm.
Add some spice to your romantic evening (Picture: JA Skelton)
If you’re not up for lots of DIY kitchen action, Mandira’s Kitchen have put together a romantic Indian meal for two that can be heated from frozen in just four minutes.
The meal kit – which can be delivered to any UK mainland address – includes a selection of samosas, chicken rezala or paneer butter masala, cashew and cranberry pulao, alu gobi, dal makhani, naan bread, spiced crackers, tomato and date chutney, mango and cardamom gelato, chai and heart-shaped chilli chocolates.
Why have normal beef when you can have wagyu? (Picture: Worstead Estate)
The box contains x2 sirloin steaks and x2 rump steaks, along with a selection of goodies from some of Norfolk’s finest producers, including a bottle of Yare Valley truffle oil, Yare Valley horseradish and a box of award-winning organic Booja Booja chocolates.
This luxurious box can be delivered nationwide.
Adding a cheeseboard is never a bad idea (Picture: Macknade)
All boxes come with fresh ingredients and an easy-to-follow recipe. There is also the option of adding a cheeseboard or dessert, and Macknade’s florist Katie Cobb is also on hand to create a stunning bouquet to be collected or delivered with your box.
Your custom Valentine’s Recipe Box can be collected from Macknade in Faversham or Macknade Elwick Place from 12th to 14th February. Delivery is currently available to Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Canterbury, Sittingbourne and Ashford for a charge of £5.
Celebrate V Day and Chinese New Year at the same time (Picture: Tattu)
The menu starts with crispy duck spring rolls, for the main event diners can recreate Tattu’s famous fillet steak and caramel soy, served with asparagus and a shiitake and ginger brunoise, accompanied by a special fried sweet potato side dish.
The occasion box also includes a bottle of Tattu’s signature Barossa Shiraz red wine.
A limited number of lucky red envelopes featuring special prizes will be hidden among the first 100 kits purchased. You can pre-order now, and UK-wide delivery is available.
For the vegan lovers (Picture: Allplants)
This delivery box includes enough food for three date nights – so you can make Valentine’s last the whole weekend.
The three meals are Italian, Indian and healthy options, including bestseller aubergine parmigiana and show-stopping chocolate peanut fondant.
And everything is 100% plant-based. Head to their website for orders and delivery information.
This Jiang beef looks amazing (Picture: Lu Ban Kitchen)
The champagne Valentine’s banquet box includes: Siu mai – 10 siu mai pork dumplings with red dragon dipping sauce and dumpling sauce, roast duck and pancakes, slow braised feather blade of beef in an aromatic Jiang sauce and Lu Ban Drappier Champagne.
Each dish will arrive with simple instructions on how to heat. The last day you can choose for delivery before Valentine’s Day is Thursday 11th February.
Nothing says love like sharing a platter of perfectly-cooked beef (Picture: Noble House Prepared)
Indulge with a Chateaubriand fillet of beef, served with a luscious starter of hand-sliced smoked salmon. Finish your meal with an intense chocolate pot with cream and lime, or for something a little lighter, the British cheesecake with passion fruit jelly. Delicious.
The food is freshly frozen and can be ordered in advance and stored in the freezer.
This tapas feast looks divine (Picture: Evuna)
Treat yourselves to a romantic, candlelit Spanish feast without the stress of cooking.
Prepared fresh by its talented chefs, and simple to heat and finish in your kitchen. The full tasting menu includes, hams, cheeses and chorizo, with veggie options too, a choice of tapas and a classic paella.
All orders must be received before Wednesday at midday for this weekend delivery.
It doesn’t get much more romantic than Italian food (Picture: Fidelari Pasta)
This cook-at-home kit includes squid ink troccoli with an octopus ragu to start, followed by gorgonzola filled gnocchi with a pumpkin and thyme cream sauce. Pugliese focaccia is included to mop up your plate, and to finish enjoy Sicilian cannoli filled with fresh ricotta and chocolate.
Delivery by Cosaporto is only available in London.
Everyone loves nduja (Picture: Naoko)
Available for delivery nationwide, the kits include 3-5 simple Vallebona products with a quick recipe from the guest chef, guiding you through the creation of the dish. Each kit is priced at £40 and serves up to four people.
Bucatino bianco pasta is a hearty Sardinian classic, or opt for nduja and tomato capunti pasta – one of the chef’s quickest and most satisfying go-to dishes.
Nibbles for days (Picture: The Plattery)
If you’re more of a grazer, why not try this delicious platter brimming with cured meat, cheese, fruit, crudités and chutney?
The V Day selection features four types of meat, five cheeses and a range of accompaniments, such as mixed nuts, halkidiki olives and medjool dates. There are also smoked salmon blinis to start the meal and the ultimate Valentine’s treat – chocolate-covered strawberries – to finish off.
Mouthwatering (Picture: Rudy’s Pizza)
The ultimate food of love has to be pizza. This extravagant meal box includes no less then four pizzas (including one with buffalo mozzarella, a meat one and a couple of veggie options), a bottle of prosecco, two beers, two of Rudy’s Negronis and two bottles of Campari soda.
The box is available to purchase online for national UK delivery.
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