5 Apps to Help You Cook the Perfect Meal This Valentine’s Day

Wednesday 5 February 2014 by

BBC Good Food, App, Food,

1.     BBC Good Food


Access the BBC Good Food archives without the need for you laptop in your cooking area or clumsy printed out sheets. This app is aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate, with functions to bookmark recipes for later, ‘more ideas’ suggestions linked to each recipe, timers, shopping lists and unit converters built in, as well as guides and tips; this really is a one stop app for your cooking needs. There are additional recipe books to buy, but the free ones will be more than enough to keep you going for a while.

Whole Foods Market, Recipes, Food, App

2.     Whole Foods Market Recipes


Similar in design and layout to BBC Good Food, but with a focus on whole foods and healthy eating, this app is great if your significant other has dietary requirements, as there is a dedicated search category for as many dietary needs as you can think of. It even has a ‘special occasion’ category with Valentine’s themed recipes. Most of them are chocolate based, but there is an oyster recipe among the bunch, if you were hoping for some aphrodisiac dining!

Sweet Baking, iTunes, App, Baking, Food

3.     Sweet Baking

[Available on iTunes]

Another app with a dedicated Valentine’s Day recipe list. Obviously, this one is entirely dedicated to puddings. A cutesy pink theme will set the Valentine’s mood while preparing your culinary masterpiece, and with easy to follow recipes and some basic ‘Baking Needs’ tutorials (including a handy F° to C° temperature converter) this app has even the most culinary challenged would-be baker covered.

Sweet'n'Spicy, App, Food, Indian

4.     Sweet’n’Spicy


If your other half is a fan of Indian, this app will help you up your game from takeaway to authentic Indian cuisine made at home in your kitchen. The recipes aren’t laid out quite as clearly as the other apps – the content is user generated, and therefore some spelling errors and formatting issues arise – but if you have a bit of a hunt, you can find some really good ones, with loads of helpful hints for preparing your ingredients.

Cocktail Flow, App, Drink, Alcohol

5.     Cocktail Flow


Nothing finishes a perfect meal better than a fancy cocktail. Using Cocktail Flow, you can choose drinks by base drink, type and colour. The app is really nice to use, with good design, images of all the cocktails, step by step guides to make them, as well as some introductory guides to mixing cocktails, garnishing and the equipment needed. By far the best feature, however, is you can input what you have in your cabinet, and it will put together recipes for you, saving you the hassle of trawling through.

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