With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be wondering how to make your loved one feel special this February 14. There’s no need to go overboard, a lovingly prepared home-cooked meal for two is the perfect setting for a beautiful shared moment. That’s not to say you can’t shower your darling in gifts, but the time and attention put into preparing something delicious won’t go unnoticed. To get the ball rolling, here are a few simple, mouthwatering dishes for any budding chef.


This classic Italian dessert from the northern Piedmont region is sure to impress and is surprisingly simple to prepare. There is only a handful of ingredients and you’ll only need ten minutes to prepare the mixture in a CRISTEL® stainless steel pan.

This dessert is best made in advance and you’ll need to factor in a few hours of chilling time to allow it to set. The beauty of Panna Cotta is that you can add your own touches and personalize the dish to really tickle your loved one’s taste buds. Our recipe includes lime and passionfruit pulp but you can adapt to include other exotic fruits that may be a hit. 



Ah, the hearty French classic, le boeuf bourginon! This delicious meaty stew hails from the Burgundy region of Eastern France, which is famous for its red meat and wine production. Although there is a delicious selection of ingredients to include, and it takes a few hours to cook properly, beef bourgignon is fortunately a one-pot wonder. 

Once your vegetables are chopped and your beef is diced, you can add all the ingredients to your CRISTEL® Castel’Pro® stockpot firstly over the stovetop, then you can simply pop it in the oven to allow the finest flavours and most delicate textures to shine through. Beef bourginon can be served with potatoes done any way – although it may be handy to roast your potatoes seeing as the oven will be running anyway!  For the oenophiles amongst you, enjoy with a fine red from Burgundy or the Cotes-du-Rhone.



If you are short on time but don’t want to cut corners on a delicious dinner, this colorful one-pot pasta dish could be your saving grace. You’ll simply need to place all the ingredients into your stainless steel CRISTEL® saucepan and cook it on a medium heat until there is very little water remaining (approx. 10 minutes).

The heady Italian aromas of tomatoes, goats cheese and fresh basil are sure to get your dinner date licking their lips. Some crusty bread and a bottle of wine of your choice will complete the meal nicely. For those who enjoy a little kick in their dish, you can always add a little dish chili flakes when setting the table.


Unsure of what to cook for your Valentine that goes beyond your standard cookery repertoire? If you would like to adventure into some Eastern cuisine without too much hassle, we have the perfect vegetarian chickpea curry recipe for you.

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and vitamins. It’s as simple as cooking the rice aside, and adding the rest to your stainless steel CRISTEL® fryingpan. It really is the delicious mix of spices make this dish truly unforgettable and with a little bit of luck, you’ll already have these spices in your pantry. The fresh cilantro not only does wonders for the dish’s unique flavor and aroma, it adds a bright flash of color which is sure to catch the eye.



If you’re after a bright, tasty and fresh Valentine’s dish that’s time-efficient and delicious, try whipping up our Teriyaki vegetables. This Asian-inspired dish is incredibly healthy and is surprisingly simple to put together.

Your stainless steel fryingpan is perfect for sautéing and stir-frying vegetables as the rounded shape and multi-layered sides ensure fast, even cooking. The Teriyaki sauce adds a unique sweetness to the dish, and the sesame seeds not only look good, they add a great touch of flavor and crunch to the whole dish.

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