#LOVEzig: The way to your lover’s heart is through their stomach.



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By Alexandra Athanasopoulou Köpping

Hello all! This year Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday. That means next day is Monday, so perhaps some of you might not really be in the mood to go out. The good news is I have the perfect super easy, super tasty, and sexy menu for you.

It’s a three course menu using very few ingredients and really easy to make.

Valentine’s Day Menu

Seafood with Coconut and Saffron sauce

Lemon Vanilla Chicken with Basmati Rice

Real Mousse au Chocolate

This menu is perfect for Valentine’s Day because 1) it is not heavy which means that afterwards you won’t feel tired. Therefore in the perfect mood for… well you know what. 2) Each dish has one aphrodisiac ingredient. For the starter it’s the seafood. For the main, surprisingly enough, it’s the vanilla. I don’t need to tell you what the aphrodisiac ingredient in the dessert is.


Seafood with Coconut and Saffron Sauce

  • 300 g of seafood (I chose shrimp because my beau only likes shrimp)
  • a bit of coconut oil (you can substitute with butter or oil)
  • coconut milk
  • Some saffron threads

Lemon Vanilla Chicken with Basmati Rice and Snow Peas

  • 400 g of boneless chicken breast
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 lemon
  • Some olive oil
  • 125 g of basmati rice
  • Some snow peas

Mousse au chocolate

  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g chocolate
  • 1 pinch of salt



4 to 5 hours before

To prepare your menu you actually start with the dessert. Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Add a pinch of salt to the whites and whisk until they form peaks. Then melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Add melted chocolate to the yolks and stir well. Then gently fold the chocolate and yolk mixture into the egg whites. Stir smoothly until well combined. Chill for three hours. By the way almost the whole Leipzig Glocal team had the opportunity to try the mousse and they loved it!


Once you are done with the mousse, you will have to prepare the chicken. For the flavors to be really intense you will have to make a marinade from the vanilla seeds, the lemon juice and the oil. Add the marinade to the chicken, cut into pieces and put in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

60 minutes before

Prepare rice according to package directions. Blanche the snow peas. Keep both warm.


30 minutes before

Ready to prepare the starter. Put some coconut oil in a pan and add the seafood, then add the coconut milk and the saffron. Mix well and wait until it boils. Make sure the seafood is cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste. That’s it! Keep it warm until ready to serve.

For the main you just need to pan fry the marinated chicken until golden. Serve with the rice and  snow peas.

Et voila! And afterwards you are ready for an amazing night.



"Good food makes good people". In her column, Alexandra will present the culinary diversity that exists in Leipzig by discovering new and exciting places to eat. She will also present the family recipes from people who live in Leipzig, as a way to show the cultural diversity that exists in this city.

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