Lifestyle: Valentine’s Cooking and a #ShareTheLove Giveaway

Our fifth Valentine’s together, and the first we actually spent the day with each other. I’m not the mushy, lovey type and really don’t go in for the commercial aspect. If I want to show my boyfriend how I feel I won’t wait until the 14th of February! That said, it was nice to spend a day focussing on each other, no ipads, few phone interruptions. We spent the day in the kitchen, slowly creating a delicious but simple meal to enjoy.

 photo 2015-02-14 21.20.04_zpseqpt0fnq.jpgOur favourite things, without the extortionate price tag of eating out on Vlentine’s. Plus we could snuggle up in PJs AND both of us could have wine. Bliss!

 photo 2015-02-14 14.22.09_zpsrxiqb4hi.jpg photo 2015-02-14 14.23.38_zpseffg5dat.jpg photo 2015-02-14 14.35.22_zpsp6lsro6s.jpg photo 2015-02-14 15.45.42_zpsh9ppu3ld.jpgFirst up was pasta. Yep, we made pasta from scratch!  It was surprisingly simple, the dough was more basic than my usual pastry recipe. Just pasta flour, egg and olive oil, gradually combined on a work surface and knead until firm. This was chilled, and then rolled. W was lucky enough to get a KitchenAid for his twenty-first, and it’s pasta-machine attachment made the rolling and cutting of the pasta a breeze…and extremely fun. We went for fettucine, which we left to air dry whilst we got on with desert…

 photo 2015-02-14 15.47.42_zps2ntjuomj.jpg photo 2015-02-14 15.59.11_zps0pmxy0hv.jpgMars Bar Mousse. Again, surprisingly simple with the help of the KitchenAid (I never want to whip egg whites again by hand!) and absolutely delicious. The Mars Bars mean this isn’t as rich and bitter as usual recipes, and being a mousse it’s deceptively light. We definitely felt a bit ill after gorging this whilst watching James Bond (we’re trying to get through allllll the films this year).

I’ve teamed with with Intellcig, and together we’re offering you the chance to win a box of goodies – all baking themed, and many from Paperchase. They sent me the same box (I wanted to keep the contents a surprise) and it really was a treat, full of things I can’t wait to use! To enter (it’s UK only I’m afraid) just use the widget below, I’ll contact the winner in two weeks and send their details off to Intellicig who will be sending the package direct. Good luck!

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The set will include; A Paperchase baking recipe notes book, an apron, heart shaped measuring cups, heart cookie cutters, heart shaped muffin tray, set of teacup cake moulds, cupcake cases and toppers, vanilla/strawberry icing and heart sugar sprinkles. Intellicig are running a campaign called ‘SpreadTheLove’ – encouraging you to do something lovely for someone else. Be it a bunch of flowers, the washing up, or baking them a cake – just make them feel loved.

Now, I will be validating entries so please leave usernames etc so I can check. I’ll email the winner asap on the closing date, but if I don’t hear back from them by the end of that Friday’s working day I’ll have to choose another winner. Prize will be sent direct from Intellicig and may differ from described, but I hope you love it as much as I loved mine!

 photo 2015-02-15 18.57.57_zpsx80zmvsh.jpgI so enjoyed spending Valentine’s with my man, doing something we both love. It’s been a while since we spent a good long time in the kitchen so it was well overdue. Fingers crossed we can have more baking days over the next few months…diet or no diet!

Would you like the recipe for Mars Bar Mousse? How did you celebrate Valentine’s day? Hope you were all spoilt rotten!

  • That cake looks incredible on the last photograph!

    I didn’t do too much on Valentines Day, but I definitely prefer a simpler day together – my fiancé and I ended up just going out for ice cream, and then we bought home fish and chips for tea! 🙂

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ll be posting about that cake this week! x

  • olivia

    Ugh, that cake! It looks sooooo good. I love that you made pasta from scratch. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, but thought it would be a bit too difficult to try.

    This was our third Valentin’e together, and we never really do anything TOO special. I’m like you, I think it’s all a bit commercial, and you should show your appreciation to your partner every day. But we went to our favourite park, then the cinema, and then home to do homemade pizzas! x

    Olivia’s Notebook

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ll be posting about that cake this week – super excited about it! I’m now craving homemade pizza… x

  • Joanny White

    That cake looks lush. I would kill to try sth like that.
    I didnt do anything special for Vals day really. Just treated myself to some chocolate

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ll be posting a recipe this week! x

  • Joanne

    Wow, all this food looks AMAZING. I’m hungry now thanks to you, haha! Thanks for sharing. Xx


    • ninegrandstudent

      Aha, thanks! x

  • Jennifer K

    What a great way to spend Valentines! I treated myself to a haircut and then spent most of the day watching rugby with my housemate, followed by lots of Saturday night TV 🙂
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      It was a lovely day – and I admit to watching a bit of the rugby too! x

  • Totally want the recipe for mars bar mousse please!! Sounds delicious. I am the same, not the biggest fan of Valentines day but it’s nice to spend some time together. So impressed with your pasta making, I always think it must be so difficult! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ll definitely be posting about it soon! The pasta was surprisingly easy! x

  • Neesha

    Me and my boyfriend had a quiet Valentines at home with nice food and a good dvd
    These food pictures are making me so hungry!
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds like my perfect V-day to be honest! x

  • Quiet Valentine’s are the best! Your pasta looks incredible and Mars Bar mousse sounds even better!


    • ninegrandstudent

      Keep an eye out for the recipe! x

  • I spent my Valentine’s Day having lunch with some of my favourite bloggers followed by cocktails with my mum as it’s her birthday on Valentine’s Day!!! 🙂 x

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds lovely! x

  • I spent Valentines alone writing an essay as uni commitments meant I couldn’t see my mr 🙁 I did do some baking so it was fun!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Awh, I know that feeling – this was the first time we managed to spend it together! x

  • I’ve always wanted to try making my own pasta but have been daunted by the process. You make it seem manageable though! And you cake looks amazing!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • ninegrandstudent

      It was actually super easy, definitely give it a go! x

  • Tracey Peach

    I’m single so spent in at home with a box of chocolates xxx

    • ninegrandstudent

      Still sounds lovely! x

  • Natalie Carlson Brown

    As I’m single, I spent it at home watching my favorite Animal Planet shows. Fun!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds good to me! x

  • Kelly law

    My Fiance cooked for me, we had steak with peppercorn sauce pink bubbles and warm chocolate gooey brownie with cream! yummy!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds delicious! x

  • Angela

    The cake looks amazing, tell us more please!
    This was our 13th valentine’s day together and we still exchange cards/gifts and make valuable time for each other!
    PS Keep up the good work, loving your blog! Been reading it for over a year now!

    • ninegrandstudent

      The cake recipe will be up this week, super excited about it! x

  • hannah

    I spent the day cooking and preparing for myself and my husband as he worked til late. We never really celebrate it (much like you), but it was nice to have a whole evening of attention 🙂

    • ninegrandstudent

      I definitely agree with you! x

  • Katie Skeoch

    At home with a lovely meal & chocolate for dessert

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds good! x

  • Netty Vanity

    I spent with my boyfriend,but we only watched movies and ate junkfood!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds like the perfect night in! x

  • Mariza

    Spent it playing with my lovely neice and nephew!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds good! x

  • George Worboys Wright

    We spent it at home, had a special dinner & a lovely evening.

    • ninegrandstudent

      Lovely! x

  • Sharon

    Pasta from scratch always seemed like a challenge to me, so well done!
    The cake looks so yummy and the pictures are lovely.
    We didn’t do anything special this time, just some nice romantic evening at home, but I did get some lovely ides for next year xx

    • ninegrandstudent

      It really wasn’t too difficult! I’ve since posted the cake recipe so take a peek! x

  • clairdownham

    watching tv with my kids

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds good!

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