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How to Enjoy Restaurant Food Minus the Restaurant this Valentine’s Day

Ah, Valentine’s Day. For all those smitten couples out there it’s the date to spend some quality time with each other. Such a shame that every single restaurant is crowded and overpriced for the occasion. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Bring the restaurant food that your other half loves into your own comfy relaxed home and you’re onto a sure-fire winner. With the help of these rather talented bloggers, who have diligently recreated your favourite dishes it couldn’t be simpler. Bon appetite!

Wagamama Style Chicken Raisukaree

Japanese cuisine is the perfect combination of delicious and usually quite healthy, which is perhaps why Wagamama is so very popular. Yes, we’re fans. And we’re not the only ones. This mouth-watering recipe from Lauren Loves Blog is inspired by her undying love for Wagamama. So it’s perfect for treating the person who has a special place in your heart.

You’ll need:

  • Chicken
  • White rice
  • Coconut milk
  • Thai red curry paste
  • Onion, spring onion and garlic
  • Red pepper and mange tout
  • Red chilli
  • Fish sauce and soy sauce
  • Chicken stock (in cube form)
  • Coriander and lime

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Wagamama Style Chicken And Rice
Credit: Lauren Loves Blog

Nando’s Style Spicy Rice

Patrons of Portuguese flavoured restaurant, Nando’s, will know that their spicy rice doesn’t mess around. Flavour-wise it’s up there with the greats. Not bad for a restaurant that’s verging on fast food territory. Can such a glorious treat for the taste buds ever be recreated? It can and it has by culinary genius Cook With Natasha.

You’ll need:

  • Basmati rice
  • Onion, pepper, and peas
  • Red and green chilli
  • Paprika and chilli powder
  • Cumin seeds
  • Chicken stock cubes
  • Olive oil

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Nandos Style Spicy Rice
Credit: Cook With Natasha

Restaurant Level Gourmet Burgers

If you ever took your beloved out for a burger at a fast food restaurant that would probably bring a potential courtship to a speedy end. McDonald’s is not synonymous with romance in anyone’s book. But gourmet burgers are another kettle of fish beef entirely. Blogging & Browning’s take on homemade beef burgers is stupendous, not least because it includes not one but two winning toppings combos. Eat your heart out gourmet burger restaurants.

You’ll need:

  • Beef mince
  • Cream crackers
  • Egg
  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Sesame seed buns
  • Cheddar cheese, Halloumi, red pepper, bacon, lettuce and gherkins to top

Get the recipe!

Gourmet Burgers With Bacon Cheese Halloumi And Peppers
Credit: Blogging & Browning

Italian Style Carbonara Pizza

Italians understand the language of amore. They understand romanza (romance). And they no question of a doubt understand food. Which is why homemade pizza is a sure fire winner, especially this pizza carbonara recipe from Taste and Tell. Can’t choose between pasta and pizza whenever you eat out at an Italian restaurant? This recipe has you 100% covered.

You’ll need:

  • Pizza dough (homemade if you prefer it)
  • Mozzarella
  • Pancetta
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parsley

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Carbonara Pizza With Bacon And Cheese
Credit: Taste and Tell

Ben and Jerry’s Style Ice Cream

Want to really pull out all the stops for dessert? Forget fancy soufflés or meringues. We’ve found the one dessert you need to finish your Valentine’s meal with a flourish: SugarHero’s Homemade Phish Food Ice Cream. Yes, you read that right. A recipe exists for you to recreate the Ben and Jerry’s classic in all its chocolatey deliciousness . Seriously, what are you waiting for?

You’ll need:

  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Sugar
  • Egg yolks and whites separated
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Dark chocolate
  • Caramel sauce
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Salt
  • Corn syrup

Get the recipe!

Homemade Ben And Jerry's Ice Cream
Credit: SugarHero

There you have it. Forget sitting at a cramped restaurant being hurried out of the door as quickly as possible so they can bring in their next guests. Break out the best china, pop a vase of fresh flowers on the table, light a couple of candles, open a fancy bottle of wine and voila! Valentine’s dinner, done.

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