Valentine’s Day Special recipes

Main – Sun-dried tomato risotto (Vegetarian)



1 tbsp olive oil, Garlic (careful!), half chopped red onion, 150g risotto rice, 100g sun-dried tomatoes, 58ml white wine, 200g chopped tomatos, 250ml veg stock, handful basil leaves, veg parmesan (or feta), handful pine nuts (to preference)

1 oven proof dish



1) Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees

2) Put basil leaves to soak in oil (so they don’t burn!)

3) Fry the onions and garlic in olive oil in the oven proof dish

4) Add the risotto rice and keep stirring for two minutes to avoid it sticking to the pan

5) Add the stock, wine and chopped tomatoes

6) Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and basil leaves and cover dish

7) Put in oven for 25mins (but check after 20 to make sure it is not sticking)

8) Bring out of the oven, sprinkle with pine nuts and cheese, and serve with olive bread and salad


Main – Moroccan lamb tagine (Meat lovers)

C4 at Light Bistro


1 pack diced lamb, 1 tin chopped tomatoes, 1 tin chick peas, 1 tin of apricot halves (in syrup), half tbsp cinnamon, half tbsp paprika, half tbsp honey, handful of raisins, 1 red onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 bay leaf, pomegranate seeds



1) Five hours before, marinate the lamb in the spices

2) Fry the onions and garlic and add the lamb to brown

3) Once brown, add the chopped tomatoes, the honey, the apricots, raisins and chickpeas

4) Cover and leave to simmer on a low heat for two and a half hours

5) Bring water to boil, add 120g rice and add the orange zest. Boil for 25 minutes

6) Once cooked, serve tagine on top of rice and sprinkle pomegranate seeds


Dessert – Homemade Chocolate Truffles



300g dark chocolate (70% cocca solids), 300ml double cream, 50g unsalted butter

Optional Flavours: Chilli, orange, disarano, coconut, cocca power, champagne (Lambrini – they won’t know!)

MUST chill for 4 hours minimum

1) Chop up the chocolate and put it into a big bowl

2) Put the double cream and butter into a pan and heat on a low flame

3) Pour over the chocolate when hot

4) If using optional flavours, separate the mixture out and then add each flavour to the separate mixtures

5) Put them on a baking tray and put them in the fridge to chill for four hours

6) Remove, and using a warm spoon create balls (as if scooping ice cream)

7) Roll in cocca power and serve beautifully!