Whatever your feelings about Valentine's Day in normal times, there's something about the excuse it gives us to punctuate the seemingly endless and formless lockdown days with a special meal that is appealing to us all this year. With restaurants and bars closed, we're all going to have to take to our own kitchens to whip up a feast instead and this three-course menu idea from A Love of Eating: Recipes from Tart London is here to help. Oozy saffron butter ravioli? Crispy skinned chicken supremes? Burnished hazelnut meringues drizzled with chocolate? We're in love.
Zesty creamy ricotta and a burst of oozing saffron butter forms the filling in these handmade ravioli. If there's anything that says I love you, it's these little luxury parcels, served up with a drizzle of olive oil, torn rocket and Parmesan.
"This is a really good dish – like, really good. It sings and dances all the way to a happy place", say the Tart London duo of this tender, juicy pan-fried chicken supreme, served up with balsamic-roasted tomatoes, aromatic garlic mash and a fragrant basil oil. Jemima and Lucy advocate using either chicken supreme with the bone in or chicken breast with the skin on for this recipe: "we always cook chicken breasts with the skin on – it tastes so much better and helps it to stay moist".
Chewy and crisp hazelnut meringues pair perfectly with toffee-like vanilla-poached pears. Serve on your best plates with a meringue, a dollop of cream or crème fraîche, a poached pear half and a drizzle of melted chocolate. Divine.