February 06, 2017

The most romantic day of the year is not all about splashing out on fancy chocolates, over the top gifts and pricey flowers. What happened to the spark when you first met and enjoyed being creative?

 

There is no need to break the bank; look for alternative things to do on Valentine’s Day and create memorable moments.

 

Dining at Harrington Restaurants is always a treat, if you are planning a quiet evening. Our dinner menu has all the elements of a gourmet dining experience. Perhaps start with the seared scallops with parsnip & white chocolate puree, followed by the roasted duck breast in a honey-poached pear and parsnip puree. You can never go wrong with the dark chocolate pavlova or a cheese plate to share. Bookings via H8764@accor.com | 02 9240 6000

 

Are you an Accor Advantage Plus member? remember you are eligible for your dining discounts at selected AccorHotels restaurants. Why not visit Q dining for a delicious five course shared dinner at Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour. Bookings via qdining.sydney@accor.com | 02 9256 4044

 

Perhaps you have a creative flair in the kitchen and rather cook your own Valentine’s Day dinner. Create an elegant dessert with a whole poached pear with red wine sauce infused with cinnamon and vanilla.

 

Merlot-poached pears

750ml bottle Merlot or other red wine

200g caster sugar

2 cinnamon sticks, snapped in half

1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways then halved across to make four strips.

4 firms pears, peeled.

 

Step 1. Tip the wine, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla into a deep medium pan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Add the pears, making sure they are completely covered by the wine, and then simmer for about 20-30 minutes until they are just tender.

Step 2. Remove the pears form the pan and boil the syrup for 30mins to reduce it.

Step 3. Plate the whole pear and drizzle syrup on top.

 

Find the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Sydney and tell us how you created your memorable moment. #memorablemoments

Recipe from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com