Feb 19, 2012

Our Valentines Day candle light dinner....

I know Valentines day is long gone , but since both of us were working that day, I decided to postpone the celebration so that it would be just perfect.
Of course I received Roses , a card and a gift from my Hubby on the actual V day and I gave him a card with an invitation for a Romantic candle light dinner for Saturday  to spend some time by ourselves, enjoy good food and be lazy, which is a very rare thing considering the fact that we have a 7month old at home. :-)
So yesterday was Our Valentines Day!!

Well I had the menu all planned out and I had some ideas on how I wanted our dinner table to be set and arranged. We had our romantic songs all sorted out in my laptop . I even bought  a decorative wall hanging , but I forgot about that ! :-)
Hubby did the honours of bringing in the centerpiece and the candles.
Even though my hubby was my Guest I wanted it to be perfect and him to feel like he had a great time . There were some delays here and there, running behind the baby and getting the food warmed up after each course  and all that, but must say that I was totally satisfied by how it turned up and so was Manish!

Another funny thing was we forgot to turn out the lights for our romantic candle light dinner until dinner was over :-) , coz of all the above said distractions , but later (once the baby was tucked in) we did turn out the lights and just sat and relaxed and listened to sweet and light hearted romantic songs . Anyway I thought I should share our beautiful evening with you all.
This is how our final dinner table setting looked like. I checked some sites online to decide on the cutlery arrangement, though dessert spoon and fork should be kept above the plate, I din't have place there so just kept it next to the main course spoon and fork respectively.

Manish and Manav took their seats, the music was on :-) and I know Manish was all excited, hopefully the baby too...Well he was already fed , so he just had to sit and enjoy though he did get bored at times and we had to keep entertaining him, but he was a sweety throughout!
Now for the menu, I wanted something different from our daily routine food and I wanted something classy. I planned on a 4 course meal.  I din't stick to any particular cuisine and instead ended up offering Indian for 1st course, Thai for 2nd course, combination of Jamaican + Mexican for the main course and Italian for dessert! :-) Any guesses??

I wanted soup for my 1st course and recently on several blogs I had seen this really simple and easy Creamy Cauliflower soup. I took the recipe from Kankana's blog which I love! I added extra crushed pepper though, so Creamy n Peppery Cauliflower soup!
(Click here for Recipe)

My next course was meant to be like a second appertizer course. I came upon this really good Thai Fish Cake recipe online (Delia Online). I had all the ingredients and it was really simple.
I prepared them into small balls and made a tangy Lime and Cilantro Mayo dip (which was my own recipe). They were perfect and Manish , a fish lover, simply loved the flavor combinations!
(Click here for Recipe)

For the main course, I have heard about how good Jerk chicken is from few friends and I knew I wanted to try that. I also prepared some Coconut Rice, a mild coconutty flavored rice to go with the spicy chicken. Both recipes are from here (Food Network by Nigella Lawson) - my Jamaican/Carribean side of the main course.
I noticed Jerk chicken being paired with mango or peach salsa on several websites, so I though why not add that too, so that's my Mexican dish :-)
(Click here for Jerk Chicken Recipe)

Now I wanted a knockout dessert and I have been craving to try out Panacotta for some time now.
I saw a beautiful and really easy recipe for Yoghurt Panacotta with Strawberry Jam from here (blog named Closet Cooking). I followed the recipe exactly and a knockout dessert it was! Manish loved it and it tasted  and looked awesome.
(Click here for Recipe)
The dinner was an absolute success and Manish said he will forever remember this night. I'm so happy :-)
 I may do similar dinners again but this one will forever be my favorite!

I will post the recipe of all the above mentioned dishes soon and let me tell you, they were really good , really easy and you must try them. I started cooking yesterday at 12:00pm and I was done before 5pm. I mean for a 4 course meal from scratch that's a really small time (I marinated for the Jerk chicken previous night though ).
Hope you all enjoyed reading and I do hope you'll be waiting for the recipes!!

Linking this post to:
1. Valentines Day event hosted by Anzz @ AnzzCafe

- Manju


  1. lovely pictures n great recipes...hope u had a wonderful V day n enjoyed with ur family...lovely!
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  2. What a fabulous Valentines dinner..Looks great!!
    Waiting eagerly for the tempting recipes as well,nice decor & perfect with everything,Manju!!

    Erivum Puliyum

  3. That's Fantastic Dear.Luv these great luking Dinner Menu!,Hope U had a great time!

  4. Wow, that was a lovely V-day treat Manju :) Hope you guys had a great day. All the dishes looks delicious and I loved your dessert presentation and clicks the most. everything looks just perfect :)

  5. wow!thats amazing dear...beautiful dinner!!!

  6. Hey Manju..

    Your writing is as impressive as your cooking. Very nice!!

    1. This looks totally delicious..


  7. superb preparation and very nic picks .. wish you have great V day every year..

  8. wow!!so romantic!!everything have arranged perfectly...Hope you had a great time...

  9. lovely arrangements...and food looks great too..keep going!

  10. Hi Manju. I loved your Valentines Day candle light dinner..

    Love from Antalya, Turkey..

  11. Thats sooo romantic :) Loved ur table,arrangement ,caddles,flower and of course all of the food :)
    Good to see the pretty girl behind all the efforts :)

  12. Wow...so romantic.....loved the floral arrangements...decorations...n especially the food.....I'm definite ur hubby must hav loved it !


  13. Hey Manju - that was just perfect combination! I have to find new words to tell you how good everything went together - narration, pictures, recipe picks, etc....

    Wish you many more of such beautiful and yummy dinners :)


  14. Wow Manju - you really took a lot of effort to make it a special dinner. Everything looks delicious and I must say your hubby is a lucky man :)!

  15. happy to follow a manju :)....nice blog..and loved the romantic dinner :)..awesome preparations

  16. Delicious recipes with wonderful clicks.

  17. What a lovely, delicious looking dinner and how fun that you shared all of this - I'm sure you will both talk about this wonderful dinner for many years - you did a beautiful job!

  18. wow! reading it brough a big smile on my face...how nice of u both to go to such lengths to make val day special, hats off to u for cooking a 4 course meal & that too with a toddler around u must have super powers to have managed it! everything looks so fancy

  19. Wow! That's so nice of you to take so much efforts, everything looks lovely!

  20. That is so romantic... hey you are a true blood romantic..:) Really appreciate the effort that you have put into making the day special. Can see it in the clicks. Very happy for you dear..!

  21. Hi Manju.. Coming here from Deeps blog & she is so right..you have me amazed by cooking up such an elaborate meal & made it so special :).. Happy to have found your space & your new follower :)

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