My (mostly) make ahead Pinterest Valentines meal

Valentines Day, and I’m at home with the kids for half term so I’ve spent the day preparing a fab three course meal to celebrate Valentines Day. As always I’ve dug around Pinterest to find my recipes.

For a starter I made these goats cheese puff pastry tarts – ready rolled pastry made them so easy, just a couple of minutes to put together then put them in the oven for about 20 mins, they can come out 5-10 mins before you serve.


For the main course I went for a beef stifado – I always love Greek food and I found this recipe, but I cooked mine in the slow cooker for 4 hours so I could get it started early and have no last minute prep. I served it with Orzo, which just takes 10mins to cook.


And to finish – a fab eton-mess style desert, I made all the bits up in the morning then just layered it together while I waited for the starter to cook.


All great recipes and not much stress in the making – time for chocolates and prosecco….

Sunday Pinterest Pancakes 

I’m a big fan of Pinterest – I could spend a whole day drifting through totally random collections of images. I find inspiration for my makes,  ideas of things to do with the kids, and I’m pretty sure I could plan 20 weddings, redecorate a thousand houses and book enough beach holidays to last a lifetime.

I hardly ever look in a cookery book now – I find tons of new recipes online and it’s easy to store them on my tasty stuff board. This weekend we’ve been trying out some pancakes from a Japanese hot cakes recipe I pinned. First version – Nutella filled pancakes.


I made the batter and put a spoonful in the pan, added a blob of chocolate spread and topped with a bit more batter, a bit fiddly  to do but turned out to be worth it. They rose really high and the Nutella melted in the middle, we loved them!


Next version? This time I substituted some of the flour for cocoa powder to make chocolate pancakes – served with blueberries and sliced bananas


Sunday morning breakfast success!