Let’s start with the best-case scenario. You pulled out all the stops, practising and planning the most romantic meal. Ever. You even made extra, just in case one of the salmon fillets got stuck in the heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Each course went down a storm, so now you’re looking for ways to turn the leftovers into a romantic breakfast in bed or lovely lunch.
Worst-case scenario? Your date failed to turn up or stormed out before the amuse-bouche, leaving you with a fridge/cooker full of the loneliest food. Ever.
Here’s hoping it’s the first. Whatever happens, don’t scrape your lovely food in the bin.
Here are some delicious dishes to use up those love-night leftovers. You’re welcome.
Panzanella with a twist
Transform your mega-tasty Valentine’s Day salad into panzanella (Italian bread salad). Not only will you ensure your leftovers don’t go to waste - you’ll also use up the rest of that loaf you were about to bin. Slightly-stale bread is the key to this bright-tasting classic.
Throw in extra greens, juicy tomatoes and any veg that needs eating up.
Got dressing left? It will add zingy, herby flavour to roast meat, fish, salads, casseroles and soups. Freeze in ice-cube trays for later use.
Leftovers from any meal involving smoked salmon will be delicious stirred through softly scrambled eggs for a ridiculously romantic brekkie. Bonus points for serving it in bed.
The world’s sexiest sandwich
Demonstrated your classic good taste with a juicy steak? If there are any leftovers, simply make the most romantic sarnie around with slices of the steak, watercress, juicy tomatoes and a little horseradish or mustard. Comes complete with a next-date guarantee.
Or simply strip and throw in a stir-fry the next day.
Here’s hoping your date’s still around to share it.
Use up romantic ragù
Making a classic plate of spag bol for your loved one? Use leftovers for filling lasagne, topping jacket spuds, spooning in tacos or serving over slices of polenta. Freeze any you’re not planning to devour within a couple of days.
Show your loved one (or that person you met last week - we’re not judging) that you’re not to be trifled with by using up leftover cake in this treat.
Slice up and layer with fruit, jelly or jam and custard. This recipe uses brownies - but you can use whatever cake or cookies you made to win that heart.
Shake up shakshuka
Anything saucy (in cooking terms, we mean…) is great for leftovers to eat up the next day. Use anything tomato-based to make shakshuka, or baked eggs.
Bulk out with an extra tin of tomatoes if needed, crack in a couple of eggs and bake until set.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all. And, we reckon, that applies to winning hearts too.
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