It’d better be a special meal if you’re staying in this Valentine’s then!

I can possibly start to forgive some people for not organising a Valentine’s meal out or getaway this year. The weather has had to be factored in with any plans that require road and train travel to some extent I suppose. That said, it doesn’t mean the day should be forgotten and should be marked as equal a celebration as it possible in ones home.

I have to confess, I am going to be championing Cumbria and the Lake District produce in this post. That’s not to say I am discrediting local produce from other areas in any way, just that, I can from first hand experience very much champion the food and drink produced and grown in my home county.

This post ties in quite well as some of the top food producers in Cumbria and the Lake District were representing this county yesterday at the House of Commons to mark Cumbria Day. If all the tweets and comments are correct, MP’s and the Prime Minister were very much taken with the delights these producers were showing off.

So what should we be looking at cooking to mark Valentine’s Day either tonight or at the weekend? Something very quickly comes to mind and that is a really good steak. The Lake District produces some of the finest beef from cattle native to Cumbria such as the belted Galloway. Reared slowly, naturally and healthily this beef is marbled, tender and delicious. Why not really go to town and create a seafood starter using Morecambe Bay potter shrimps and smokes salmon from Riverside Smokehouse in Frizington.

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I’m possibly describing my ideal menu but I do think it will appeal to many and makes use of the wonderful larder found in Cumbria and the Lake District.