The fastest route to someone's heart is through the stomach, the saying goes. When it comes to showing your love it's the same for a spouse as it is for friends, so this Valentine's Day say it with food. 

Whether you're quietly marking the day with an evening in with your spouse, trying to impress a new paramour or simply loving up on your friends with a big pot luck dinner, these sumptuous recipes are sure to win their favour. 

1. Beef and Parma Ham Saltimbocca

2. Rose Water Marshmallows

3. Valentine's Chocolate Sponge

4. JP McMahon's Chocolate Mousse

5. Lamb, Pumpkin and Apricot Tagine

6. Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters

7. Red Velvet Pancakes for Valentine's Day

8. Baked Beetroot Risotto with Parmesan Crisps

9. Chocolate Caramel Love Pie

10. Roast Duck in an Orange and Hoisin Glaze

11. Rich Tomato Italian Meatballs with Linguine

12. Richard Corrigan's Hot Strawberries