HEART-SHAPED UTENSILS – COOK YOUR WAY TO AN EASY AND NO-FUSS ST. VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

I believe in love. Being in love – with somebody, loving yourself or have things in your life that you treasure, is precious. This way your life has a meaning and you feel purposeful.

Even when I was single, I always found things I love – things I loved doing (sports, reading, being with friends, cooking), things I loved having (photos, memories from holidays), etc.

Now when I have my own and young family I love doing things for them that make the holidays even more special than they usually are (even the mid-term ones). Try it for yourself and you will see how the festive mood would make everyone really happy and calmer and, I believe, you would definitely have a great time with the people you love.

Now that the St. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, the day when you say and show to those you love that you care about them (although most of you probably do this every day; I am just lazier than you and I sometimes forget to do it, especially to my husband), I was thinking about different heart-shaped kitchen utensils I can use to give my heart and love to my family.

HEART-SHAPED UTENSILS TO MAKE YOUR 14TH FEBRUARY (AND EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR) SPECIAL

  1. PREPARE YOUR BREAKFAST

Product: You Egg-Cite Me mini Frying PanEgg-Cite me frying pan

Price: £5.25

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 9/10

Product description: If you love eggs for breakfast, to give you all the strength for the festive celebrations or just for the day ahead, try preparing your eggs using this beautiful and fun frying pan that would allow you to serve a heart-shaped eggs to the people you love.

I use this frying pan also to make pancakes and even small omelettes and they go lie a treat at home. I believe that is not only because of the recipe, but because they have an unusual form.

Click Here to get this fun You Egg-Cite Me mini frying pan!

Product: 4 Eggs Heart-shaped Poacher

PoacherPrice: £6.29

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 7.5/10

Product description: If you prefer your breakfast to be a little bit healthier, as everyone says that we should not eat fried food, then try serving these easy to make poached eggs.

This utensil is very easy and quick to use as you can have your eggs ready while making your coffee or toasting your crumpets. Buy Here!

Product: Carbon Steel Removable Bottom Pan and Heart Shaped Silicone Waffles Mould Baking Set For Family and PartiesWaffles maker

Price: £17.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8/10

Product description: Make your usual breakfast waffles shaped like a heart and enjoy them with your favourite jams and marmalades, if you prefer use only red jams and red fruit to decorate (strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, etc.) to keep the love mood.

Click here to be ready to prepare heart-shaped waffles for the people you love!

Product: Cute Heart Shaped Sandwich/Bread/Cake Cutter Bread cutter

Price: £2.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8.5/10

Product description: When preparing your festive breakfast try these cute bread cutters and shape your favourite sandwiches like a heart, in tone with the upcoming holiday. Buy it here!

Other than that, you can use these every day of the year to spread your love to the people you love. I use them to cut the toasted bread, to shape the cake pieces or jelly before serving, to even shape the food when plating it. Use your imagination and love yourself and your family.

  1. PREPARE YOUR MAIN MEAL

Product: 6 Holes Heart-Shaped Bread Mould Bread mould

Price: £22.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8.5/10

Product description: Make some home-made bread to go with your main meal in this special day. I guarantee you everybody will love this.

Have you felt the tantalizing aroma of just-baked warm bread? If you had, then you know how inviting the smell is. It makes you definitely have some… and the people you love will feel the same way.

Click here to get this heart-shaped bread mould and spoil yourself and your family!

Serve them some easy to make baked at home bread and the festive mood and special feeling of the day would come, even without any prior decorations.

I use these to make bread rolls very often, even during the week and you can always experiment and every time create different taste breads.

Product: Le Creuset Classic Cast Heart CasseroleCasserole

Price: £140.00

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Size of container/pot: 1.9L

My rating: 9/10

Product description: I love cooking using casseroles. Whatever you cook, it always tastes delicious. But the best thing is that you don’t have to be around the pot all the time while preparing the meal. Just toss the ingredients in the pot, stir and leave in the oven for the time stated for cooking.

And because you will serve it in a heart-shaped dish this would make the experience even more special.

I love when I see how my family reacts when I take the heart-shaped casserole out of the oven. They always expect and receive something they think is very yummy (although the cook didn’t slave around the dish) 🙂

Buy this universal product, that would allow you to cook delicious meals without slaving yourself around the pot, here!

Product: Heart Red Stoneware Casserole Baking/Roasting Dish Small casserole

Price: £27.49

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Size of container/pot: 0.5L

My rating: 7.5/10

Product description: If you don’t need a dish as big as the one above, try this smaller casserole and prepare a lunch meal that everyone will love. And because this one is smaller, you can use it to bake treats in the oven, like sweet and/or savoury pies.

  1. PREPARE YOUR DINNER

Serve your salad

Product: Bio-degradable Palm Leaf Picnic/Party Heart-shaped PlatesPlate

Price: £8

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 7.5/10

Products description:

Salad can be used as an entrée course or an appetizer.

I love to serve salads with meals and when there is a special occasion (national or personal holiday), I always try to make the salads more unusual or festive.

For an additional cheer try serving them in themed plates.

Product: Azeti Large Recycled Aluminium Heart Salad BowlSalad bowl

Price: £38.58

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8/10

Serve your dish

Product: Enamelled Ceramic Heart-Shaped Mould Ceramic Mould

Price: £26.53

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 9/10

Product description: I suggest for dinner you make your favourite pie or baked dish and, of course, prepare it in a heart-shaped mould so that to start the celebrations even before dinner.

Choose something easy to make, so that not to be tired when the party starts, but making it in a themed dish would give it this special note you might be missing. Enjoy the evening!

I love pies and baked macaroni dishes. Use this utensil to prepare them in a festive form!

Serve your drinks

Product: Valentines Heart Shaped Red Champagne Flutes Wine Glasses,Set Of 6Glasses

Price: £9.98

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 7/10

Product description: Let’s finish this special night of the year with serving the selected drinks in a beautifully heart-shaped glasses, in red.

I am not a drinker, I would rather have something non-alcoholic, but even I am tempted to try that bubbly when it is served in these glasses. Try it for yourself this St. Valentine’s Day!

  1. PREPARE YOUR DESSERTS

Product: Heart Cake MouldCake Mould

Price: £11.76

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8.5/10

Product description: Is there a better way to celebrate any holiday than preparing and serving a cake? Make a delicious and beautiful cake, using the ingredients you love (chocolate, cream, vanilla, etc.) and decorate it for a festive mood – use hearts, flowers, sprinkles.

If you need to make a cake for any given holiday or family party, why not make it even more special – shaped like a heart. Everyone will want a piece of that cake. Buy the heart-shaped mould that would help you be creative here!

Product: Dexam Polka Dot Heart-Shaped Ramekins,Set of 4 Ramekins

Price: £11.94

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 9/10

Product description: If you are not a cake person, maybe you will love a muffin or a savoury soufflé for dessert? Use these fun heart-shaped ramekins and you will be the star of the evening. Click here to get them!

Product: Kitchen Craft Master Class Smart Silicone ‘Heart’ 6-HoleCupcake mould

Price: £15.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 9/10

Product description: For this St. Valentine’s Day try serving a platter of exquisitely made cupcakes, using this heart-shaped mould. Decorate them like you wish – make them in every colour of the rainbow or plain and sophisticated or cover with icing. I am sure that however you make them, they would definitely go down a treat when you serve them in accordance with the festive theme.

Product: Heart-shape Hevea Wooden Cheese Board with 3 Specialist Cheese Knives Cheese board

Price: £17.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 9.5/10

Product description: If you, like me, would prefer to have something savoury for dessert, what better than cheese. Serve the different cheeses you and your loved ones prefer on this heart-shaped cheese board that comes together with 3 specialist cheese knifes that would make the cheese-cutting very easy.

Click here to get this board if you don’t have a sweet tooth and would prefer cheese for dessert!

I love the cheese served with fruit, so combine it with a bowl of small fruit – grapes, strawberries, cranberries.

Product: Heart Shaped Silicone Mould for Chocolate (Set of 2) Chocolate mould

Price: £35.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8/10

Product description: On the other hand, if you are traditional and want something that is usually associated with St. Valentine’s Day, use these heart-shaped moulds and prepare your own festive chocolates.

I use these not only to prepare treats I give to family and friends for 14th February, but I sometimes use it to make different-flavoured chocolates for Christmas or for birthday parties.

I especially like the combination of dark (plain) chocolate and chilli. Try it! Click here to buy these moulds that would help you serve your heart in chocolate!

  1. OTHER ACCESSORIES

Product: Bamboo Heart Nibble Bowl Nibble Bowl Set

Price: £15.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8/10

Product description: If you don’t have time to prepare anything specially for the day, try plating some nibbles (nuts, small fruit, chips) in these lovely nibble bowls and that would be enough to create the festive mood you are looking for when enjoying the evening with a glass of your favourite bubbly.

Product: Set of 4 Heart-shaped Bowls for Dips or Nibbles Dip bowls

Price: £24.90

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8.5/10

Product description: If you need small bowls to serve your dips to go with all the appetizers, don’t look any further. I am sure you will love these, as I did when I first saw them.

Use them for dips and nibbles, for small gatherings or big parties!

Product: Heart-shaped Ice Cube Tray Ice cube tray

Price: £2.49

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 7/10

Product description: If you plan just a small cocktail party for 2 for the St. Valentine’s Day, you will definitely need one of these heart-shaped ice cube trays. Use them for freezing ice cubes, but you can add something more to the water before storing them in the fridge/freezer – put small berries or edible flower to make the ice cubes unusual and festive.

 

WHY USE THESE HEART-SHAPED UTENSILS?

Using specially-shaped utensils helps you prepare food and serve it in accordance with the theme chosen.

I chose the theme for St. Valentine’s Day meals to be heart and love – the typical, but very powerful association that goes for this day.

I always try to save time when cooking, although at the same time I never compromise with taste. I want the food to be delicious, beautiful to look at, inviting to the senses and making people want to have it again another time. And using heart-shaped utensils helps me achieve my goals when preparing my specially selected menu for the 14th February, St. Valentine’s Day!

Not only that, but using shaped utensils helps me save a lot of time – I cut the bread without making a perfect shape beforehand and the result has no uneven lines; I serve heart-shaped cakes and desserts (cupcakes, chocolates, jelly, etc.); I serve the main meal in a shaped casserole and prepare everybody for the warmth and love I want to give them; I prepare intimate dinners to enjoy with my husband (salads and nibbles shaped like a heart with cocktails).

Your imagination is the limit what you can serve to the people you love this St. Valentine’s Day!

YOU CAN USE THESE UTENSILS FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERY DAY

Every utensil in the kitchen can be used in more than one way, for preparing every meal during the day, every day of the year.

I use the heart-shaped frying pan to prepare eggs, but also small pancakes or omelettes; I use the bread-cutter to shape my children’s sandwiches or cake slices; I use the ramekins to also make jelly or to serve little nibbles when we watch an interesting film on the TV; and so on, and so on.

And those heart-shaped utensils that share my love with the people I love are price-less. To see the warmth in my husband’s eyes in the early morning when I serve his eggs like a heart or the smiles and giggles my little ones give when their pancakes are made fun…who would want to miss those moments?

I don’t… any day!

I’M IN LOVE WITH THE HEART-SHAPED COOKING UTENSILS

I first started using heart-shaped cooking utensils when I met my husband. Of course, for the first time when we were celebrating our first St. Valentine’s Day together, but then I wanted to re-use them.

Now, after having my little ones, I use those heart-shaped utensils regularly. I love to serve a heart-shaped meal during the week and see my family knows I love them even without me saying the words over and over again.

I hope you enjoyed my review and if you have any questions or suggestions about the heart-shaped utensils or St. Valentine’s Day cooking or you just want to leave your own personal review or comment, get in touch with me.

Click here to see my suggestion for a festive and romantic way to celebrate this St. Valentine’s Day, completed with a themed recipe!

Enjoy your day!

6 Comments

  1. Joy Weber

    I would suggest that you change the order of your article. You started selling in the very beginning. I got bored very quickly because I felt you were just trying to sell me items. At the end you stated why you love to use these items. Maybe if you flipped these it would go over better.

    Reply
    1. Ellie

      Thank you. I see what you mean and I would think about it.

      All the best

      Reply
  2. patricia

    I really like heart shaped utensils too! They are very festive and great for valentines day. I want to make valentine cupcakes and these heart baking pans are great for that. I see that you have pans for making chocolates. Will you have a blog on how to make the chocolates? Thanks for your suggestions!

    Reply
    1. Ellie

      Thank you for your comments. I’ve added a post about making chocolate treats (using chocolate moulds) as you inspired me to use these these weekend and surprise my loved ones.
      Click here to see my suggestions how to make different chocolate treats!
      Hope you make the heart-shaped cupcakes and please send me a picture. Cheers!

      Reply
  3. Diana Worley

    Oh my goodnes, I love all these little heart shaped tools! They would certainly make a very loving statement not just on Valentine’s Day but every day of the year. Love knows no season. I once made a heart shaped chicken liver pate for a guy I was dating. The utimate show of love because I hate chicken livers. He appreacited and we have been married for more than 30 years.
    So folks, go with your heart!!

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    1. Ellie

      Haha, I love your sacrifice – to have something you don’t like for the person you love. Everyone of us has done something like that. Please this 14th February make something you both love.

      I should say that I agree with you – heart rules!

      All the best!

      Reply

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