Valentine’s Day loveliness reaches far beyond one day of the year as demonstrated by the sublime antique gold gilt heart-shaped back dining chairs chosen as intended statement pieces in this timeless winter-white dining room designed by Alex Papachristidis.
Keep an eye out for vintage decanters on auction sites and resale shops as they make wonderful gifts as a liquor decanter accessory for the very on trend 2022 home bar, conversation piece, or collectible accent.
How about a picnic lunch or home cooked romantic dinner planned, prepped, and prepared for two served on the porch, al fresco under a tree in the yard, on the patio or balcony, or inside by the fire built for two?
3 x small cans of good quality tomatoes (my preference are San Marzano)
½ white onion sliced thinly (optional but I like it as it adds sweetness)⠀
2 garlic cloves peeled and sliced in half
a few fresh basil leaves⠀
a pinch of dried oregano ⠀
olive oil ⠀
Warm the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add garlic and onions and cook until the onions are soft (but not browned like mine!)⠀
Add the tomatoes to the pan and gently crush with a fork. ⠀
Stir in the oregano, and basil and season with salt. ⠀
Simmer until the tomatoes have thickened and sweetened, about 25 minutes. ⠀
This sauce can be prepared and then either refrigerated or frozen!