Found 10th Feb 2009
As a born romantic, I'm making the missus a 3 course meal for saturday night. I know what I'm doing for starter and dessert but not sure what main to have that compliments what I'm doing:

Starter: Asparagus wrapped in Parma Ham with a parmazan sauce/sprinkles
Dessert: Fresh fruit dipped in chocolate (and then put into fridge)

So two things I need help on please!!!!

1) Can I melt any chocolate or do I need specific stuff?
2) What's a good main to cook to go with what I'm doing? Dont want to do pasta or steak.

Thanks :-)

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As you've got meat in your starter, how about a fishy main? Salmon is pretty easy OR if budget is not an issue, Monkfish is gorgeous. I'd drop my dacks in a second if somebody served it to me! ;-)

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Trickyjabs;4339872

As you've got meat in your starter, how about a fishy main? Salmon is … As you've got meat in your starter, how about a fishy main? Salmon is pretty easy OR if budget is not an issue, Monkfish is gorgeous. I'd drop my dacks in a second if somebody served it to me! ;-)



Ha, yeah fish might be good. I haven't cooked it before but maybe red mullet on a bed on herby mash?

1) Can I melt any chocolate or do I need specific stuff?



You can melt almost any choccie... Best way is to break it up & put it into a heatproof bowl and sit the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water on the hob

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sadiebabes;4339915

You can melt almost any choccie... Best way is to break it up & put it … You can melt almost any choccie... Best way is to break it up & put it into a heatproof bowl and sit the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water on the hob



wicked, thank you! Thought it was a silly question but best to ask :-)

Go to the supermarket, and get a decent choccie for such as Lindt or similar.
Personal taste, but I love venison for my main.

mhh1981;4339942

wicked, thank you! Thought it was a silly question but best to ask :-)



Yup, always best to check :-D Have a lovely evening! I'm mega jealous! x

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kyalion;4339953

Go to the supermarket, and get a decent choccie for such as Lindt or … Go to the supermarket, and get a decent choccie for such as Lindt or similar.Personal taste, but I love venison for my main.



venison? Never had it. Maybe worth a shot?

A shared meal is quite romantic; try a small paella with chicken, fish and seafood all mixed in. Keep it warm on the table over a plate warmer and take as long as you like eating. Drawing out the meal as long as possible makes the 'afters' so much better! ;-) If you want to do fish, drizzle some sweet chilli sauce over a nice piece of salmon and sprinkle with sesame seeds and wrap in foil and bake in oven. Fish with too many bones can be very unromantic! Also beware the pee smell after asparagus, its horrid!

kingy58;4340092

A shared meal is quite romantic; try a small paella with chicken, fish and … A shared meal is quite romantic; try a small paella with chicken, fish and seafood all mixed in. Keep it warm on the table over a plate warmer and take as long as you like eating. Drawing out the meal as long as possible makes the 'afters' so much better! ;-) If you want to do fish, drizzle some sweet chilli sauce over a nice piece of salmon and sprinkle with sesame seeds and wrap in foil and bake in oven. Fish with too many bones can be very unromantic! Also beware the pee smell after asparagus, its horrid!



Asparagus defo won't be good if you're getting jiggy with it later......makes your body fluids taste funny....:oops:

Can I say that.....oops already have :whistling:

kyalion;4339953

Go to the supermarket, and get a decent choccie for such as Lindt or … Go to the supermarket, and get a decent choccie for such as Lindt or similar.Personal taste, but I love venison for my main.



eww sick

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stick with the fish!

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choc1969;4340135

Asparagus defo won't be good if you're getting jiggy with it … Asparagus defo won't be good if you're getting jiggy with it later......makes your body fluids taste funny....:oops:Can I say that.....oops already have :whistling:



ha, speaking from experience then?

mhh1981;4340215

ha, speaking from experience then?



:oops: hmm yes

pineapple chunks for dessert.......if she has a sweet tooth :thumbsup:

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choc1969;4340246

:oops: hmm yespineapple chunks for dessert.......if she has a sweet tooth … :oops: hmm yespineapple chunks for dessert.......if she has a sweet tooth :thumbsup:



its a good thing its not going down that hole then :thumbsup:

oh dear.....hahahahahaha

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brangelina;4340161

eww sickstick with the fish!



lol, I've never tried venison so cant comment but I'm definitely goin for the herby mash :-)

choc1969;4340135

Asparagus......makes your body fluids taste funny



Doesn't exactly taste like Champagne and Truffles to start with! :whistling:

Parsnip mash, yummy

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kingy58;4340337

Parsnip mash, yummy



she would love that, but Im not a lover of parsnip. Mind you, easy enough to do two different portions :-)

Right ok, all IMO to begin with....

Do the asparagus with a hollandaise sauce instead

main:- I have 2 options for you

1:- Fajitas not Old el Paso, you can do it from scratch, anywho the finger food idea is a good lead in for Dessert.

2:- Monk fish tails wrapped in Parma ham on a bed of creamed diced/sliced savoy cabbage, celeriac and carrots

and to go with the chocolate covered fruit a deep rich raspberry coulis will be a nice touch.

Wines, Cava with starter, Prosecco with main try to get a premier Cuvee or Brut Cuvee if budget allows

have fun

What about sea bass ?

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Easy to cook, less boring than salmon

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Thanks for everyones ideas. As another romantic gesture, I have bought three wines to go with the meal - all picked and bottled in October 2007 to go with the time we got engaged.....awwwwwwwwww

If your going to do fish then I would do it with Crushed potatoes rather than mash just to give a good texture variation.
Make sure you don't overcook the asparagus & make sure you don't forget the chapmers!! If your budget isn't massive then M&S do a Pink Pinot Grigio fizz which is very good for the money if a little sweet if thats what you like.
Have fun & don't forget the mood music!

mhh1981;4340534

Thanks for everyones ideas. As another romantic gesture, I have bought … Thanks for everyones ideas. As another romantic gesture, I have bought three wines to go with the meal - all picked and bottled in October 2007 to go with the time we got engaged.....awwwwwwwwww



Aww you big softie!! :roll:

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BargainQueenNo1;4340556

Aww you big softie!! :roll:



Yeah I do try...! As we're getting married next year we didn't want to spend a lot so thought this would be a good idea :-)

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Lucky her !!! .........No wonder she wants to marry you !! Mine is at work all day/night on saturday.:cry:

sadiebabes;4339915

You can melt almost any choccie... Best way is to break it up & put it … You can melt almost any choccie... Best way is to break it up & put it into a heatproof bowl and sit the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water on the hob



+1

melted galaxy is heaven!

Buy some strawberries and marshmallows to dip into melted chocolate Yummy. Last year boots did a ceramic fondue set with forks etc and a tea light to keep the choc warm. You just pour in the melted choc, light the candle and away you go.

This would be ideal

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your meal sounds lovely.

just like the others who mentioned fish, i'll second it.

fry/steam salmon with a sprinkling of dill. yummmm

Honey roasted duck.:thumbsup:

Banned

aww arnt u sweet! Fajitas are yummy and easy to make. Or fish with some nice potatoes yummy....can i come lol

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Thank you for everyone's ideas. I've been looking at it and its going to be either:

- Venison
- Fish (Monk or Red Mullet)

Both on a bed of herb mash and steamed vegetables.

She better be happy or they'll be trouble!

Rep left to everyone :-)

If you want to go for fish, a nice tasty recipe is ]pepper crusted fish with a lime and coriander vinaigrette or duck breast served with a sticky soy sauce and sauted new potatoes.

Get 2 duck breasts and cut deep into the skin side, rub ground coriander and cumin.
Mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger and place the seasoned breast flesh side down into the marinade. Leave for about 2 hours or longer.
Heat a frying pan to a medium heat and fry skin side down on a medium heat for about 10 mins. There will be plenty of fat coming out. Turn the breasts over and cook for a further 5 minutes. Duck can be served quite pink, but cook longer if you want. Just be careful not to burn the skin too much. Put on a plate and slice the breast into thick slices, leave the skin intact to hold it all together.
Drain the excess fat from the pan and add the remaning marinade and heat high to reduce down to a thick sauce.
Serve the duck with the sauce poured over, add potatoes sauted with spring onion and green beans.

mhh1981;4341134

Thank you for everyone's ideas. I've been looking at it and its going to … Thank you for everyone's ideas. I've been looking at it and its going to be either:- Venison - Fish (Monk or Red Mullet)Both on a bed of herb mash and steamed vegetables. She better be happy or they'll be trouble! Rep left to everyone :-)



Be brave and try the Venison. This link may help recipes.alternativemeats.co.uk/pag…php

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pugw$sh;4341195

If you want to go for fish, a nice tasty recipe is ]pepper crusted fish … If you want to go for fish, a nice tasty recipe is ]pepper crusted fish with a lime and coriander vinaigrette or duck breast served with a sticky soy sauce and sauted new potatoes.Get 2 duck breasts and cut deep into the skin side, rub ground coriander and cumin. Mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger and place the seasoned breast flesh side down into the marinade. Leave for about 2 hours or longer.Heat a frying pan to a medium heat and fry skin side down on a medium heat for about 10 mins. There will be plenty of fat coming out. Turn the breasts over and cook for a further 5 minutes. Duck can be served quite pink, but cook longer if you want. Just be careful not to burn the skin too much. Put on a plate and slice the breast into thick slices, leave the skin intact to hold it all together.Drain the excess fat from the pan and add the remaning marinade and heat high to reduce down to a thick sauce.Serve the duck with the sauce poured over, add potatoes sauted with spring onion and green beans.



cool, thanks. If not on sat will deffo try another time :-)
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