A Year Of Gifts – February’s Voucher

As you’ll know from the February voucher reveal post this month’s gift was a Ready Steady Cook challenge.
This year it was my turn to organise a Valentine’s date, so I decided to combine the two to create a Valentine’s themed Ready Steady Cook.
Originally Nick was allowed £10 to spend on ingredients for the challenge, but with it being a special occasion, I upped the budget to £15. 
Whilst Nick was out shopping, I set the table. As I had no idea what we would be eating, I covered all bases by getting out large plates, small plates, bowls, glasses and all sorts of cutlery!
Decoration wise, I went with white and pink heart confetti (homemade!), large gold charger plates and a bunch of red roses in a Kilner jar, all topped off with plenty of candles.

Nick turned up with the ingredients (which I wasn’t allowed to see) and I showed him the ‘Rules’ sheet so he knew what I was and wasn’t allowed to do!

Nick set up the ingredients he had bought.
A leek
Large mushrooms
Two red peppers
Beef strips
Goats cheese
Bean sprouts
3 Creme Eggs
A tin of pineapple
Four chippolatas
After I’d been shown the ingredients, I had ten minutes to design a three course meal, and I’m rather proud to say I did it in just under 5 minutes. The rule of an hour’s cooking time works, but you have to use a timer and stop it as soon as each course is plated, starting it again when you begin cooking the next course. This is purely because otherwise you’d have three courses all ready at once, all steadily going cold!
So with an hour on the clock I began! (NB be prepared for some cheesy Valentine’s themed names for the courses…)
RSC ingredients used: half a leek, 1 large mushrooms, four chipolatas out of their skins, half a pack of gnocchi, goats cheese

Store cupboard ingredients used: a drizzle of double cream, salt & pepper

“You’ve got the gnocchi to my heart”
Main Course
RSC ingredients used: beef strips, 1 red pepper, half a leek, 2 large mushrooms, 2 handfuls of bean sprouts
Store cupboard ingredients used: soy sauce, sesame oil, 1 clove of garlic, 1 sachet of pureed ginger
“Got me looking so stir crazy in love”
RSC ingredients used: tin of pineapple (pureed and frozen)
Store cupboard ingredients used: a shot of vodka
“Shot down by love”
RSC ingredients used: pancakes, creme eggs
Store cupboard ingredients used: none
“Have an eggcellent Valentine’s!”

So there we have it! My Ready Steady Cook three course Valentine’s dinner! I have to say I was pretty proud of myself at the end of it all, and Nick really enjoyed all the courses (the starter was his favourite). And to top it all off I even managed to prepare and cook it all in under an hour (54 minutes 44 seconds to be precise!)

If you’re thinking of trying out a Ready Steady Cook evening, I throughly recommend it. We had so much fun (even if I was a little bit flustered at times!), so much so that Nick has decided he wants to have a go himself! Whatever you got up to this Valentine’s Day, I hope you had a day filled with love, be it from your other half, friends, family or even the cat.



  1. February 18, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    That is awesome! You did So well too! Such a lovely idea xx

  2. February 18, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    you are ridiculously creative, I loveee these x

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