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Just at the thought of a dinner date, one gets butterflies in the tummy! A romantic dinner can be a first date, a blind date, a begging-for-forgiveness date, a celebration date or a proposal date. There is a certain anticipation that comes with the occasion and although good food and wine are almost implied, often, they are not top of mind.
Make sure you get the most from the special occasion by choosing a wine that is reliable, versatile and delicious! If your partner prefers something refreshing and your date can do without complications, we suggest the 2018 Leopard’s Leap Chenin Blanc. In the mood for something more serious and even sultry, make sure to order or open the 2016 Culinaria Chenin Blanc. It is a wonderful food partner and so velvety it will smooth away any awkwardness. Chenin Blanc truly is a wine for any occasion!
Being brave and cooking for the all-important date? Follow these handy tips for the perfect romantic dinner at home and then try our recipe for chicken thighs stuffed with spinach and walnuts, served with potato gnocchi and a caper-and-lemon cream sauce.
Chicken thighs stuffed with spinach and walnuts
4 free-range boned chicken thighs
500 g baby spinach, washed and dried
½ cup finely chopped white onion
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
¼ cup walnuts
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
½ freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil for pan-frying
1 kg large potatoes
80 g fine bread flour
1 tablespoon salt
30 g unsalted butter
(In a hurry? Try some of the quality, ready-made gnocchi available from leading supermarkets and deli’s.)
500 ml fresh cream
50 g capers, finely chopped
80 g cold unsalted butter, cut into small blocks
15 ml freshly squeezed lemon-juice
1 teaspoon salt
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