Food is one of life’s greatest love affairs. Like the ideal partner, it’s there for you in times of distress, comfort and joy, through thick and thin, from season to season. And with brunch being the celebrated pastime that it is in the UAE, why not spend this next weekend at home instead, saying those three little words with three lovely courses. Roses are red, violets are blue, this is the ultimate Valentine’s brunch for two...
Chocolate is the ultimate food of seduction and we’ve even managed to sneak it into the main course with venison with chocolate sauce. We just know you’ll fall head over heels in love with this elegant dish made for two and the venison cuts like butter. Or perhaps you want to be the stars of the dinner table? If so, recreate the famous scene from Lady and the Tramp with crab, chilli, lemon and asparagus wholewheat spaghetti – it may take just 20 minutes but it definitely doesn’t compromise on flavour.
If you’re pushed for time remember that our bakery stocks plenty of fresh treats, while our cheese counter has the ideal offering – heart-shaped Neufchâtel. Alternatively, drizzle 200g mixed fruit (cherries are a must) with 1 tbsp each balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Bake with a rosemary-studded round of brie for 15 minutes at 180°C, gas mark 4 – the absolute best way to say brie mine.
The final touches:
Make it rain romance with our selection of flowers – we've got bouquets of red roses, mixed bunches, sophisticated tulips and single stems for you to pick from. Then all that’s left to do is grab a red tablecloth, your finest cutlery, light some candles or strew the table with petals and fairy lights and stick on some smooth tunes – Stevie Wonder called, and it was just to say ‘I love you’. Awwww. Sweet.
The fun doesn’t need to stop there. Take advantage of the cool weather while you can and get your grill on next Friday with a DIY brunch for meat lovers.