Valentine's Day

  • 1 10 Valentine's desserts that say 'I love you'
    Whether it's homemade strawberry profiteroles, a rich chocolate fondant, chocolate and chilli tart or a chocolate cake with a pink heart shape in the middle, we have 10 of the...

  • 2 10 of the sweetest ways to propose
    Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year, so it's no wonder many choose to pop the all-important question on 14 February.Prince William proposed to long-term girlfriend Kate...

  • 3 The sweetest box of chocolates for Valentine's Day
    As Valentine's Day approaches, restaurants are booking up, shops are overflowing with hearts and roses and couples everywhere are panicking about what to buy their loved ones. Chocolate, long synonymous...

  • 4 Best of: Valentine's Day cakes
    Say I love you with our top pick of cakes, cupcakes, biscuits and chocolates this Valentine's Day. We've been all around London at the capital's best bakeries – The Hummingbird...

  • 5 Heart-shaped chocolate Valentine's cake
    Preparation time: 20 minutesCooking time: 60 minutesServes: 2IngredientsCake100g butter, softened100g caster sugar4 medium happy eggs80g self raising flour30g cocoa powderIcing50g butter50g 72% cooking Chocolate20g cocoa powder250g icing SugarMethodCake Mix the...

  • 6 Strawberry and champagne cupcakes
    Ingredients225g unsalted butter, softened225g caster sugarA pinch of saltSeeds of 1 vanilla pod or 1 tbsp vanilla extract4 medium eggs225g self-raising flour60ml Champagne syrupAbout 250g Peggy’s Strawberry & Champagne Jam...

  • 7 Valentine's Day 2014: Foodie gifts
    HELLO! Online have found some of the best chocolates and other foodie goodies to give your loved one this Valentine’s day.With everything from gourmet hampers to baking sets, your partner...

  • 8 Win hearts with showstopping chocolate desserts
    February 14 is the one day of the year when you have a reason to leave a love note stuck on the door or write a sweet poem in a...

  • 9 Chocolate fondue
    Dish type: dessert, chocolate Made in minutes, pour this wonderfully luxurious fondue into a pretty heart shaped cup or keep hot in a mini fondue bowl with a burner. Serves...

  • 10 Chocolate heart fondant with a strawberry and mint salad
    Dish type: dessert, chocolate Ingredients 6 large fondants; 400g chocolate 400g butter 400g caster sugar 4 eggs 4 egg yolks 400g plain flour A little extra butter and flour (60g...

  • 11 Brandied chocolate truffles
    Dish type: dessertMakes 8 Preparation time: 45 minutesChilling time: 4½ - 5 hoursIngredients150ml (1/4 pint) double cream200g (7oz) dark chocolate, broken into pieces2 tablespoons icing sugar3 tablespoons brandy, cherry brandy...

  • 12 Heart-shaped Chilli Chocolates
    Dish type: dessert, chocolateIngredients• 100g CHOC Chick organic cacao powder• 6 tbsp CHOC Chick organic cacao butter• 3-4 tsp Sweet Freedom, agave syrup, honey or maple syrup ( to taste)•...

  • 13 Love oysters with restaurateur Mark Hix's recipe for romance
    The oyster may just be the most evocative culinary symbol of passion. Named as one of the top aphrodisiacs, what better – or finer – way to start your Valentine's...

  • 14 Mark Hix's Seashore salad
    Dish type: salad, starterServes 4Ingredients150–200g cockles or surf clams, cleaned150–200g mussels, cleaned50ml white wine4 medium scallops, shelled and cleanedA couple of handfuls of sea vegetables, such as small leaves of...

  • 15 Say 'I love you' with an award-winning menu this Valentine's Day
    What better way to show your other half how much you love them than by preparing a sensational meal for two featuring dishes from award-winning chefs.Say 'I love you' this...

  • 16 Our Valentine's date with Ms Marmite Lover
    Queen of the pop-up restaurant in the UK, Kerstin Rodgers – aka 'MsMarmiteLover' for you Twitter fans – launched the first underground restaurant in London with her eponymous supper club...

  • 17 Ms Marmite Lover's Cream Heart with alcoholic forest berries
    Dish type: DessertServes 6Ingredients150g Mascarpone100g Double cream50g Icing sugarA few drops ofVanilla essence500g frozen Forest berries70g SugarA glug of Creme de cassisJuice of Half a LemonEquipmentcheese clothMethod1. Mix all the...

  • 18 Celebrate Valentine's Day with Champagne
    The clink of two champagne glasses is the perfect way to begin celebrations with your Valentine on February 14. And as Valentine’s Day is shared between just the two of...

  • 19 The food of love
    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we’re faced with the scary question – what do you buy for that special someone?An edible gift for a foodie is a...

  • 20 Purple sprouting broccoli with anchovies and cream
    Ingredients (serves 2) 150g purple sprouting broccoli 100ml single cream 1 tbs red wine vinegar 6 anchovies 1 red chilli, finely sliced Method Steam or boil the broccoli until tender...