Coffee-themed Valentine’s Day menu

coffee heartIf you’re planning to create a special meal for your loved one on Valentine’s Day, why not go for something a little different with this coffee-themed menu?

Starter (all quantities serve two)

Chicken with coffee marinade

You’ll need:

Mix all the marinade ingredients together to a paste, then stir in the chicken, making sure the strips are evenly covered. Cover the bowl, and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours or preferably overnight. Fry the chicken until cooked through, and serve with green salad.

Main course

Beef and mushroom casserole with coffee

You’ll need:

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees centigrade. Fry the steak with a little oil until the meat is sealed, then remove it from the frying pan and place it in an ovenproof casserole dish. Fry the onion in the butter until soft and golden, then stir in the flour. Add the wine and coffee, and bring the mixture to the boil. Pour the liquid over the beef and add enough stock to completely cover the meat. Stir in the garlic. Place in the oven for around 3 – 3 1/2 hours. Half an hour before the end of the cooking time, stir in the mushrooms. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes and green vegetables.


Chocolate Coffee Mousse

You’ll need:

Break the chocolate into pieces, and carefully melt it in the microwave. Allow to cool slightly. Whisk the egg white until it stands up in peaks, and in a separate bowl beat together the mascarpone, sugar and coffee. Carefully beat the chocolate into the mascarpone mixture, then fold in the egg white, taking care to keep as much volume as possible. Pour into espresso cups, and leave in the fridge to set.