Not a fan of V-Day? Check out these alternative suggestions
It's that time of year again but who says Valentine's Day has to be spent in a certain way? If you're not a fan of hearts and flowers, check out these non-traditional suggestions to show a little love...
Recreate restaurant-worthy dishes at home
If staying in is more your thing, try out this recipe for king scallops with black pudding, celeriac remoulade and baby leaf salad from The Wee Restaurant. Guaranteed to impress.
Ingredients (serves two)
- 6 king scallops
- Roll of good quality black pudding (enough for 6 half-inch thick slices)
- Remoulade - quarter of a celeriac, 15g chopped parsley, 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise, 1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard, 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste
- Baby leaf salad - a mixture of frisee lettuce and herbs like coriander, sorrel, fennel and pea shoots
- Use a mandolin or a grater to peel and finely shred the celeriac. Then in a bowl, thoroughly mix the shredded celeriac, mayonnaise, whole grain mustard, Dijon mustard and chopped parsley, adding salt and pepper to taste.
- Arrange the remoulade in the centre of each plate and place the dressed salad on top.
- Cook the scallops (seasoned with a little salt) and the black pudding at the same time in different smoking hot pans. Use enough oil to lightly coat the bottom the pan. Cook for 30 seconds on each side. Flip them over, reduce the heat to a medium heat and cook for another minute.
- Place the scallops and black pudding around your remoulade. Enjoy!
Celebrate Galentines Day instead
Traditionally celebrated the day before Valentine's Day and dedicated to the best ladies in your life. Harvey Nichols are showing two anti-Valentine's films as part of their Movies and Shakers film series: Fatal Attraction on 12 February and The War of the Roses on 13 February. Tickets are £35 and include a three-course meal in the Brasserie, cocktail and of course, the film itself. To make a reservation, Tel: 0131 524 8350.
Book a solo trip
Did you know that Valentine's Day is actually meant for single people? Strange as it sounds, according to award-winning journalist Dolly Alderton the day has been co-opted by couples to celebrate long-term monogamy. In the travel world this can mean a focus on romantic getaways for couples but what about the romance of travelling solo?
When you travel by yourself, you get to do whatever you want, whenever you want. The Travel Geeks at Loco2 suggest that bookings for solo trips by train are on the rise and sure enough travel operators are responding to this with special deals for independent travellers. Check out their top ten recommended destinations here.