A Romantic Dinner for two

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Tempting tempura oysters

Preparation time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Serves: 2

Difficulty: moderate

Approx cost: £9



1. 6 fresh oysters

2. Dipping sauce: 30ml dark soy sauce, 10ml honey,30ml fresh lemon juice

3. Tomato chutney: 250g tomato, diced 1 onion, finely diced, 30ml vinegar, 20ml sugar

4. Tempura batter: oil for deep-frying, 30g cornflour, 30g flour, small pinch salt,
10ml toasted sesame seeds,
120ml ice cold soda water

5. 100g glass noodles (cooked according to packet instructions)

6. Lime wedges to serve



1. Open all the oysters and pour off the liquid.

2. Carefully cut the meat out of the shells, rinse and retain the shells for serving.

3. Mix together the ingredients for the dipping sauce and pour into two dipping saucers.

4. Mix all the tomato chutney ingredients together and heat these in a pot on a low heat, cooking for 10 to 15 minutes or until thick and sticky. Leave to cool.

5. Heat some oil for deep-frying to190°C.

6. Make the batter by sifting the cornflour, flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sesame seeds, then stir in the ice cold soda water until only just mixed in but still a bit lumpy.

7. Dip the oysters into the batter, dropping them into the hot oil one at a time. Fry for about a minute until crisp and golden. Lift out and drain on kitchen paper.

8. Return the oysters to their cleaned shells, top each with a spoonful of tomato chutney and arrange them on a bed of glass noodles tossed with a bit of the dipping sauce.

9. Serve with lime wedges and extra dipping sauce.

White chocolate bavarois

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes (and 4-6 hours setting time)

Serves: 2

Difficulty: hard

Approx cost: £4.50




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1. 7ml gelatine (with 20ml water)

2. 250ml milk

3. 2 egg yolks

4. 30g caster sugar

5. 50g white chocolate melted

6. 40ml cream

7. 30g chocolate ganache



1. Sponge the gelatine (put it in a small bowl with the water).

2. Meanwhile in a saucepan on the stove, heat the milk until it simmers.

3. Beat the yolks and caster sugar together until they are light in colour before very slowly adding the milk to egg mixture.

4. Return to the heat and stir until thickened. Remove from the heat and add the sponged gelatine, while separately adding the white chocolate to the custard.

5. Allow to cool.

6. Beat the cream to a stiff peak and fold it into the cooled custard.

7. Pour into moulds (or ramekins) and leave to set in the fridge.

8. To remove from the mould cut around the edge with a knife, dip the mould into hot water for a few seconds to loosen the edges. Turn mould over and tap on the side and the bavarois will be released. Shake from side to side if it doesn’t come out.

7. Melt the chocolate ganache and drizzle over the dessert.



Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Difficulty: easy

Approx cost: £1



1. 2 shots espresso

2. 2 scoops vanilla ice cream



1. Pour the hot espresso into two large shot glasses.

2. Topping each glass with a scoop of ice cream.

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im going to try the chocolate bavarois it sounds amazing

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Tried the oysters and they were very good. The dessert is everything that I dislike anout sweet things but the oysters will be a regular. Thanks

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i made the White chocolate bavarois as me and my partner aint keen on the oysters and it went down a treat was delicious and really quite simple to make :)

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i made the White chocolate bavarois as me and my partner aint keen on the oysters and it went down a treat was delicious and really quite simple to make :)

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wow sounds nice with the oysters, that will work like aphrodisiac.

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