The day in February that we dedicate so dutifully to love and romance has some fuzzy roots. Still, most scholars say that its origins come from a Roman festival that was meant to promote fertility.
Fast-forward to the present, and we have all but forgotten about the martyred saints. Instead, the main commercial and main-stream focus is all about romance: chocolate, cards, champagne, romantic dinners – all in the name of love.
Whether you have a significant other that you want to make them feel extra special, or you prefer to have a more spiritual gathering of friends and family, festive food is an essential part of any Valentine’s celebration.
Main Dishes That Will Make Your Heart Go Pitter-Patter
On this international day of love, much attention is given to the sweets. Chocolate and strawberries are supposed to be magical aphrodisiacs, so that’s what we’re supposed to eat on February 14th, right?
For some of us, the sweets don’t do the trick. For those who would rather have a plateful of a nice juicy steak, these dishes are for you:
1. A nice juicy steak. We said it previously, but we’ll say it once more. They say that the way to a man’s (or a woman’s) heart is through their stomach. Well, if you can make steaks like these, you may get there faster than you think!
2. Salmon.Salmon is one of those dishes that seems fancy and complicated to cook, but it’s a lot easier than it looks, and there are so many ways you can choose to prepare it!
3. Spaghetti carbonara. If meat is ok, but you’re more of a pasta person, there’s nothing more romantic than spaghetti. Ask Lady and the Tramp.
So now that the real food is gone, on to the classic Valentine Cuisine, dessert. Here are some classic crowd-pleasers that no Valentine’s enthusiast can turn down:
1. Chocolate mousse. This dessert looks quite fancy, but it is easy to make. Plus, what is Valentine’s Day without Chocolate?
2. Chocolate cupcakes. Another name for this holiday ought to be “Chocolate Lovers’ Day.” Hm…well, it just isn’t as cute as these little cupcake bugs.
3. Strawberry Tart. One for the non-chocolate lovers, but at least it has strawberries. Not everyone has to be a chocoholic, but if you don’t like strawberries, you may want to consider whether you should be celebrating Valentine’s Day seriously. Just kidding!