The DIY Valentine’s brunch for two

What’s on the menu? Love, of course…

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...

Starters:

It may be the warm-up act before the big performance, but a well-made starter has you falling in love from the get-go – and whets the appetite for what’s to come. Simple and light is always wise and, luckily, we’ve got just the right suitors. Smashed white bean crostini and smoked salmon and horseradish pâté kick things off tastily, while seared scallops with parsnip purée, chestnut and rosemary crumbs add a sophisticated edge. If you’re keen on saving time, head to our deli where you can pick up plenty of ready-prepared appetisers including olives, feta and fresh salads – you’ll be totally smitten.

Main courses:

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.

Desserts:

At a brunch, food is plentiful and sometimes more than you need. But there’s always room for pudding. For a fun finale, fashion the ultimate sweet treat with a pancake station of lace pancake hearts with roasted rhubarb and ginger crème fraîche and Black Forest pancakes with cherry and almond compote. You can also watch this video to learn how to make indulgent (and surprisingly simple) chocolate and cherry pudding. Just the right way to say ‘I love you’.

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.