Cornish food to share with a loved one this February 14th
It’s been said many times before that food is the way to a man’s heart (or a woman’s for that matter!) And we think there’s a fair bit of truth in that, so ahead of Valentine’s Day, we bring you our guide to scrumptious Cornish food that’s made for sharing. Shop Cornish has selected our favourite love-themed sweet and savoury treats that might just score you a brownie point or two!
The perfect appetiser
High in nutrients and rumoured to have an aphrodisiac effect(!) why not order some Fresh Oysters from The Cornish Fish Co. to enjoy with your Valentine? It may be a cliché that oysters are the ‘food of love,’ but shellfish this fresh really does make a delicious starter or main. Supplied from a small inshore fleet of day boats operating from Looe and the surrounding harbours, The Cornish Fish Co. oysters are delivered directly to your home in under 36 hours from catch.
Roughly 6 oysters are recommended per person for a generous portion. Shuck straight from the shell with a little butter, salt and lemon juice or pan fry and serve with your favourite dressing – cooked oysters may be a little less daunting for some!
Bring romance to the cheeseboard
For a fun take on traditional, round Cornish Yarg, seek out a Heart Shaped Cornish Yarg from Lynher Dairies. This irresistible crumbly cheese is wrapped in hand-foraged nettles from hedgerow and field, and left to mature for 6 weeks.
At the time of writing, Lynher Dairies had 13 Heart Shaped Yargs in stock, but be quick as this cheese maker scooped Gold at the Taste of the West Awards 2022 and won Best in Class at the 2022 Artisan Cheese Awards! With an outstanding reputation like that, cheese sells fast!
Highly recommended too, are Lynher Dairies Reusable Beeswax Wraps that come in a good-looking green and cream Yarg print. A great way to store your cheese and a kinder option for the environment, meaning you can ditch the cling film.
The sweetest picnic
Pack a pair of champagne flutes, a picnic rug, and a freshly prepared Cornish Cream Tea from Cornish Cream – made extra special with a bottle of Cornish Sunset, a sparkling bubbly flavoured with the juice of fresh strawberries.
With 4 freshly baked scones, fine strawberry conserve, smooth Cornish clotted cream and a generous box of Smuggler’s Brew teabags, this is a cream tea to remember. Order online, for home delivery in an insulated, keep-cool travel pack.
Say it with personalised flapjacks
We’re loving the bespoke Valentine’s Gift Box from Cornish Flapjack Shack.
Pick 6 soft flapjacks from a tempting range of millionaires, strawberry and white chocolate, mint choc chip, original chocolate, or double chocolate – then choose a meaningful word, heart, or kiss that you’d like to be piped in chocolate onto each flapjack.
Cheese and gin for two
Make their Valentine’s evening with a lovely Cheese and Gin Gift Box from Cornish Cheese Co. – brimming with a 35cl bottle of Tarquin’s Dry Gin, 250g of tangy Cornish Yarg, 200g of creamy Cornish Brie, and a box of Peter’s Yard Original Sourdough Crispbreads.
These sensational cheeses are made on the Stansfield’s Farm on Bodmin Moor and frequently win international awards – with the Cornish Cheese Co’s most recent cheese creation, Cornish Brie, winning Bronze at the World Cheese Awards! Impressive stuff indeed.
Artisan cupcakes for your love
Oh my word, we must tell you about the Bespoke Cupcakes by Red Robin Pantry! Specialising in designer cakes, handmade confectionary and patisserie, Red Robin is at the top of its game when it comes to luxury desserts and delightful goodies.
With 21 mouth-watering flavours, ranging from Passion Cake to Red Wine Velvet, and even Strawberry and Prosecco Cake, this master bakery takes orders for a minimum of a dozen cupcakes (of any one flavour,) which are then topped with luxury Italian meringue buttercream or chocolate ganache. Decorated to your specified theme using gold leaf, edible flowers and delicately placed fruit – these cupcakes are true works of art.
Skip the dreary box of supermarket chocolates this Valentine’s and treat them to a box of Luxury, Handmade Chocolates by Trenance Chocolate – a small team of specialist chocolatiers based in Mullion, Cornwall.
Take your pick from a hand-crafted range of plain, milk and white chocolates all made from luxurious Belgian couverture. From unusual novelty shapes to scrummy soft centres, you’ll easily fill a box of 24 chocolates!
Trenance is taking orders on their website from 8th February onwards and their chocolates are also available from stockists throughout Cornwall.
Orchard-inspired Cornish food for couples
Cider drinkers will go wild for the Cornish Orchard Hamper from The Cornish Store. Beautifully put together, this selection of handcrafted premium ciders, apple chutneys, Cornish preserves and Josh’s Ramble in the Woods Chocolate is presented in an elegant black gift box, hand-tied with a white ribbon – perfectly reminiscent of the Cornish flag.
Request a complimentary greetings card with a personal message to your partner and The Cornish Store will gladly enclose this with the hamper.
You’ll find all the Cornish food featured in this blog, plus lots more fine Cornish fare at Shop Cornish – Food & Drink.