With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many people will be racking their brains to come up with romantic gifts for their significant other that are original, creative and suitably sentimental without seeming twee. There are some simple ways you can add a touch of romance to the day without making grand gestures or spending a fortune, and starting at home.
‘Eternal Flame’ blowtorch and ramekin romantic gift set
The ramekin romantic gift set from Wares of Knutsford comprises a couple of ceramic, heart shaped ramekins and a miniature pink blowtorch to be used for caramelising when making desserts such as crème brulee. The ramekins are 9cm size and are dishwasher and microwave safe. The refillable butane gas blowtorch (supplied empty) complies with British safety standards.
While the set is ideal for a classic dessert such as crème brulee, you could use the ramekins for a number of other recipes. Start the romance early in the day by serving an indulgent but healthy version of an English breakfast.
Baked eggs in your ramekin romantic gift set
- 25g butter
- 100g baby spinach leaves
- 2 tablespoons bacon lardons
- 2-4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons double cream
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan and Gruyere cheese, grated
- 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Grease the ramekins with a little oil and set on a baking tray. Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the spinach for a couple of minutes, cooking until wilted and soft. Put half of the spinach into each ramekin. Add the bacon lardons to the pan and fry until crispy, then again divide between the ramekins. Crack an egg (or two if you prefer) into each ramekin then add a tablespoon of cream on top. Top with the grated cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the tops are bubbling and golden. Serve immediately with toast fingers.
If that sounds a little too healthy for your tastes, you could stick with the more traditional English fried breakfast but up the romance factor by cooking your eggs in a heart shaped egg ring. The theme could continue all through the day, as Wares of Knutsford offers a number of heart shaped cooking tools – add a heart shaped hard boiled egg to a lunchtime salad with the heart egg mould or make heart shaped quiches with a heart shaped baking tin or the silicone, heart shaped, six hole unit. Have an afternoon snack of heart shaped cookies then finish the day with a romantic dinner, served with heart shaped desserts in ramekins. That should have the desired effect.