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Valentine's Day giftsPosted at 12:02PM, 07 February 2012 by Sarah Sysum - Assistant editor, Easy Cook magazine
If your beloved spends more time in kitchen shops than anywhere else what do you get them for Valentine's Day? Those allergic to all things hearts look away now...
Le Creuset Set Of 2 Heart Shaped Ramekins
Is there a person who doesn't love Le Creuset? It's the kitchen equivalent of the diamond ring; aspirational, beautiful and once you get it you can't help showing it off. This is a lovely little set. The stoneware means you can use them in the oven, without the lid they make very cute pie dishes or for something sweet just the right size for chocolate fondant.
M&S Silicone Heart Egg Ring
Putting the kitsch back into kitchen no Valentines breakfast in bed should be without this. You place the mould in the frying pan, crack your egg into it and voila you get a heart-shaped fried egg. As it's silicone you can use it on your favourite non-stick pan without running the risk of damaging it.
Kuhn Rikon Heart Spring Whisk
OK I admit a whisk isn't the most romantic of gifts but I rarely find a whisk that works well. Because this has a heart-shaped flat tip it can reach into nooks and crannies of pan to deglaze it and it's invaluable when making a white sauce. It's a bit tricky to clean but hey if you're cooking the dinner the least your partner can do is the washing up.
Alessi Heart Shaped Tea & Coffee Spoons set of 4
Is it just me, or do these ultra cute, dinky heart-shaped stainless steel teaspoons make you feel all warm inside? I don't know but just having one of these next to my bowl of ice cream turns Friday night supper into dinner les deux. An elegant way to bring romance to the table.
Stainless Steel Heart Coffee Stencil
A must for the coffee lover, just sit on top of a cappuccino, light dust with cocoa remove and the perfect heart will appear. I love the free-form design and stainless steel means it has a little more stability than the usual plastic stencils you get. I rather like the idea of using it to decorate individual tiramisu's too.
Typhoon Apple Heart Electronic Scales
If you've volunteered to make the dinner this year then make sure your gadgets are suitably romantic. Prettily designed with little apple hearts these accurate slim line scales weigh up to 5kg in 1g increments. Setting aside the pretty factor they're actually rather good with an add and weigh function as well as a clock.
The Message Love Mug
For those really loved up you can now not only make your loved one a cuppa in a heart-shaped mug (which is much easier to drink out of than you think) but write your very own personal note on the mug's blackboard surface using the chalk provided. If loving personal messages aren't your cup of tea, you can always write your drink order.
Heart Pops Cookie Pan
Cake pops are this year whoopie pies. This is dead simple to use, just press the dough into the mould, insert a cookie stick, bake and decorate. The cakes didn't stick (although I would advise greasing the moulds first) and because it's made from aluminum it heated quickly and evenly.
Copco Love Heart Novelty Tea Kettle with Whistle
This has to be the cutest kettle around. It's nicely designed, the stainless steel heat guard keeps the handle cool to touch and it has a convenient flip-up whistle that sounds a friendly call to tea. Can be used on the AGA or, for hardy romantic campers, on a gas ring too.
Olive Wood Heart Cutting Board
I love this olive wood board, it's so tactile and even though it's heart-shaped you just know you'll use it all year round. I think it's wasted for cutting onions I use mine as a cheeseboard, for a full on heart fest, get yourself a heart-shaped cheese to go on it too.
From pretty and romantic puds to passion-boosting oysters, try our favourite Valentine's Day recipes for two.