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Love is in the air and we've got fish on our minds...

Andrew Hatcher

Valentine's day is beckoning and we're well up for spreading a little love. They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and we think this is often the case for the ladies too (particularly if a big diamond isn't in the budget this year). That's why the Anyfish shop will be brimming with fabulous fish throughout the run-up to the most romantic day of the year, and that gives you the opportunity to rustle up the kind of delicious dish that's sure to get your Valentine's heart fluttering this February 14th.

If you're feeling like you fancy whipping up something flamboyant, how about trying a lobster dish? Not half as pricey as you'd think, the king of crustacea makes a marvellous meal and looks stunning to boot. You could serve it split open and gratinated, Thermidor style, poached up and accompanied by a zesty salad and crusty bread to share, or if you're a little unsure about looking it in the eye, you could always ask Stu (the Anyfish master of culinary seduction) to prepare a couple of lobster tails for you to pop under a hot grill and sprinkle with something spicy.

For something a little simpler, but just as scrumptious, the classic salmon is hard to beat as a romantic fish supper solution. Apart from the fact this delicious and versatile fish is a thoroughly Valentine's-worthy colour it's also speedy to prepare and you can easily rustle up something spectacular. How about simply popping a couple of perfectly pink fillets into a tin foil parcel and baking it in the oven? Opt for including some sunblushed tomatoes and a spoon of pesto....some sliced fennel, lemon and herbs or garlic, honey and thyme. You can even cook your accompanying  veg in the parcel along with the fish - opt for french beans or aphrodisiac asparagus as these should be cooked to perfection at the same time as your salmon. Keeping it simple means you can enjoy your time with your Valentine rather than spending it stuck in the kitchen.

Alternatively salmon is super-impressive cooked with spinach in a Wellington, or rice in a Coubliac... or you could combine it with Asian flavours as a stir fry or salad. A plate of smoked salmon, arranged simply with a wedge of lemon, a scoop of creme fraiche and fresh bread would make a beautiful starter - ideal for getting you and your Valentine in the mood before the main event....

Dover or Lemon Sole would be good options if you're looking to cook up a storm. This delicious native fish family is a thoroughly sustainable choice, it's simple to prepare and has a deliciously delicate flavour and texture. Not too heavy but still suitable for big appetites. Keep it simple, coated in flour and fried in butter with capers and lemon Meunière style, or roll parcels with the individual fillets filled with prawns, salsa verde or a mediterranean tapenade mixture. Delicious.

Wether you're looking for mussels to share, a few seductive scallops or you still need some more ideas for the ultimate Valentine's Day fishy feast, why not pop into the Anyfish shop and see what we have to offer. Stu will be on hand and can prepare your fish exactly as you wish and he's never short of ideas. 

Have a happy Valentine's Day.