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"Romantic Valentine's Day Picnic: A Three-Course Feast for Two"

Starter: Caprese Skewers

Ingredients:

  • Fresh mozzarella balls
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic glaze or reduction (you can find this in most grocery stores)
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Instructions

  1. Begin by soaking the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. This prevents them from burning on the grill.
  2. Take a skewer and thread on a cherry tomato, followed by a folded basil leaf, and then a mozzarella ball.
  3. Repeat the process until the skewer is full, alternating the ingredients for a colourful presentation.
  4. Once all skewers are assembled, preheat a grill or grill pan over medium heat.
  5. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, just until the tomatoes start to blister and the mozzarella softens slightly.
  6. Remove the skewers from the grill and arrange them on a serving platter.
  7. Drizzle the skewers generously with balsamic glaze or reduction.
  8. Serve immediately while still warm.

Main Course: Chicken Caesar Wraps

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Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Caesar dressing (store-bought or homemade)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking

Instructions:

  1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook for about 6-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
  4. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing thinly.
  5. Lay out the flour tortillas on a flat surface.
  6. Divide the shredded romaine lettuce evenly among the tortillas, spreading it out in the center.
  7. Place sliced chicken on top of the lettuce on each tortilla.
  8. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the chicken.
  9. Drizzle Caesar dressing over the chicken and cheese.
  10. Carefully roll up each tortilla, folding in the sides as you go, to form a wrap.
  11. Serve immediately, or wrap each wrap tightly in plastic wrap or parchment paper for later enjoyment.

Dessert: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 250g fresh strawberries
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 50g white chocolate (optional)
  • Sprinkles or chopped nuts for decoration (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Wash the strawberries and pat them dry with a paper towel. Make sure they are completely dry before dipping in chocolate.
  2. Break the dark chocolate into pieces and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  3. If using white chocolate, repeat the melting process in a separate bowl.
  4. Hold a strawberry by the stem and dip it into the melted dark chocolate, swirling to coat about two-thirds of the strawberry.
  5. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off, then place the chocolate-covered strawberry on a parchment-lined tray.
  6. If using white chocolate, drizzle it over the dark chocolate-covered strawberries for decoration.
  7. Optionally, sprinkle the strawberries with toppings like sprinkles or chopped nuts while the chocolate is still wet.
  8. Repeat the process with the remaining strawberries.
  9. Once all the strawberries are coated, place the tray in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until the chocolate sets.
  10. Once set, remove the chocolate-covered strawberries from the tray and transfer them to a serving plate.
  11. Serve and enjoy your decadent chocolate-covered strawberries as a sweet treat for any occasion!