If there's two things the French are experts on, it's food and love. And if there's one thing our favourite itinerant chef and author, Rick Stein, is an expert on, it's teaching us how to master the cuisine of other cultures. So, what better way to cook this Valentine's Day than with three authentic French recipes extracted from Rick's latest cookbook, Rick Stein's Secret France. From a light starter of fresh moules to a rich one-pot chicken number and a jewelled raspberry dessert, this is how to do Valentine's Day the French way.
Aromatic and tender, these classic French mussels are a fitting way to start proceedings. Opt for the freshest mussels you can find and a serve alongside a wedge of crusty bread for mopping up the delicious sweet and salty sauce.
Speaking of being in love, that's exactly how we'd describe our feelings for Rick's luxurious one-pot chicken in a silken white wine and crème fraiche sauce. And if there's ever an occasion to get extra fancy and throw some morels into the mix to add depth and a little sultry smokiness, it's Valentines Day.
In the unlikely event it's not love at first sight when your lucky date claps eyes on this classic French tart, you can rely on the first taste to do the trick. With a crisp, buttery sweet pastry base, thick crème patissière and a topping of sweet jewel-like raspberries, it's patisserie perfection and the ultimate way to round off your meal.