Ok so where do I start with this one. I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day but it’s a good occasion to cook for your other (or as my dad always says ‘better’) half. I really wanted to make a post that is going to show a really good value for money and that you can really get fantastic quality food for not too many of your hard earned GBPs.
The price of £15 is for the main ingredients as I assume that all household have ingredients like olive oil, flour, sugar, salt and pepper.
If you are looking for value there really is no better place to do your shop than Lidl. When I went there this afternoon I did not had an idea what am I cooking and what the menu will be. As I set myself a limit of under £15 I thought that the main course will have to be some sort of pasta dish to keep the cost down. However I was super surprised I could afford a fillet stake. So here I present you with 3 course meal for 2 for under £15. The menu has a few fancy elements that will wow your date with your creativity.
I am super proud of the dessert because I had this idea in my head for a long time but I didn’t think it will work.
Rosemary baked Camembert cheese with selection of warm bread to share
Fillet steak served with Rosemary roasted potatoes and beetroot orange and rocket salad
Poached pear cinnamon cobbler
Whole Camembert cheese in a wooden box – £0.89
Sprig of Rosemary
1 pumpkin seed roll – £0.39
1 white roll -£0.29
1.Preheat the oven to 180C Open the box,remove all the foil packaging and put the cheese back into the bottom part of the box.
2. Pierce the cheese with sprigs of Rosemary and garlic and make few dips with a knife just at the top skin. Add a splash of olive oil and bake for 15 – 18 minutes.
3. Slice the bread rolls and toast them lightly. Serve all together on a nice wooden board.
FILLET STEAK WITH ROSEMARY POTATOES AND SALAD
2 Filet stakes -£8.99 per packet of 2
1 orange -£0.50 (filleted)
3 cooked beetroots – £0.69 per packet
1 packet of rocket -£0.69
1/2 packet of baby potatoes -£0.89 per packet
Salt and pepper
Sprig of Rosemary (I have it in the patio)
1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Bring water to boil in a small pan and cook the potatoes for 5 minutes then move to a baking dish drizzle with add few sprigs of Rosemary and corse salt bake for 20 minutes.
2. In a salad bowl mix rocket leafs with sliced beetroot and filleted orange segments. Squeeze the juice from the leftover orange, add olive oil, cider vinegar, salt and pepper then drizzle over the salad.
3. Grind salt and black pepper on flat plate then dip the fillet steak on one side (the presentation side). Heat some olive oil on a frying pan and when it’s hot put the fillet presentation side down. Depending on how you like your steak cook for:
2 minutes on each side for rare
3 minutes on each side for medium
4 minutes on each side for well done
Finish cooking in the oven for additional 2-3 minutes and leave it to rest cover in foil for at least 4 minutes before eating.
4. Plate up and enjoy!!
WHOLE POACHED PEAR AND CINNAMON COBBLER
2 pears – punnet £1.09
150g + 4 tablespoons Sugar
2 tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
6 tablespoons of milk
20g unsalted butter – £0.89 per block
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
1. Bring to boil 450ml of water in a small pan and add 150g of sugar
2. Peel and core the pears (use potato peeler) splash with some lemon juice and put into the boiling syrup. Cover loosely with baking paper to make sure pears poach evenly. Poach for 25 minutes.
3. In a small pan melt 50g of butter and set aside. In a bowl combine flour,
4 spoons of sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and milk until it becomes smooth batter.
5. Transfer the poached pear into the ramekin and spoon the melted butter over the pear then spoon the batter around it (try not to touch the pear with it) until the ramekin is 3/4 full.
6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until cobbler is golden at the top.
(Place a large tray underneath as few drops of butter can overflow) Dust with icing sugar.