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#TashaTests: Foolproof three-course meal for extra brownie points

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, yip you read that right. If you’ve waited this long to make firm plans to celebrate chances are you won’t be able to book anything, even if you wanted to spend big money…

Luckily we’ve got you covered with this very easy meal you can prepare at home at minimal cost or effort – all words we like, right? The bonus is that this meal looks extravagant enough to make anyone feel very special. As mentioned, this is an easy three-course mean that won’t take you long to prepare.

Starter: Cheesy bacon pull-apart garlic bread

Main:  Grilled Chicken breast, cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sause

Dessert: Chocolate dipped strawberries


Cheesy bacon pull-apart garlic bread

Cheesy bread


  • One large artisan bread of your choice
  • Bacon bits
  • Garlic butter
  • Cheese (you can use any kind you like)


Preheat oven to 180ºC. Using a serrated knife, crosshatch baguette, making slices in both directions and making sure not to slice all the way through the baguette. Place garlic butter in each crosshatch, you can make it as garlicky as you like. Place a small block of cheese and some bacon bits in each crosshatch. Wrap bread completely in foil and bake until cheese is melted and the bread is nice and toasty, usually 20 minutes should be enough. Let it cool for 5 min and then serve.

Grilled Chicken breast, cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sauce

Chicken and brocoli


  • Two Chicken breasts
  • Small cauliflower and broccoli florets
  • Cheese sauce (if you have time you can make your own sauce or you can just buy a readymade sauce and heat it up)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chicken spices


Cut your broccoli and cauliflower florets into smaller florets, rinse under cold water and place in a pot with some salt and pepper, boil until tender. Heat your cheese sauce. Spice the chicken breasts, in a saucepan place some olive oil or cooking spray and grill the breast for 4-6 min on each side depending on the thickness. Serve and enjoy.

Chocolate dipped strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries


  • 12 Large strawberries
  • Chocolate (you can use milk, white or dark chocolate or all three if you like)
  • Crushed nuts (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)


Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, place your chocolate in a heatproof bowl make sure that the boiling water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir the chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small unmelted chunks, remove the bowl from heat (residual heat will melt the rest). Dip you strawberries and place on a serving tray and sprinkle with nuts or sprinkles or leave as is.

5 tips for an even better evening in

If you feel that the meal alone is not enough to show your love here is a few ideas you can do to make it more romantic.

A V-day date idea to suit every couple

  1. Decorate the table with some rose petals and candles.
  2. After enjoying the dinner give each other a nice massage.
  3. Watch a romantic movie.
  4. Instead of making the meal on your own you and your partner can make a day of it, go and buy the ingredients for the dinner , put on some relaxing romantic music and cook the dinner together.
  5. On small pieces of paper, write down every kind of kiss you can think of (examples; passionate, on the cheek, French kiss, etc.) fold the paper and put them in a hat, take turns to pull out a kiss and then enjoy kissing for the rest of the night.

Words: Natassha Burrell


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