Food is the way to a man’s (or woman’s!) heart, or so the saying goes. Cooking for someone else is a romantic gesture, but can also be a little daunting!
Even if you are a goddess in the kitchen, the added pressure of cooking for someone you’re trying to impress can make all your skills turn to mush!
There are so many aspects to cooking for someone:
- your meal needs to taste amazing
- your house needs to sparkle
- the music you choose needs to create the right mood
- and what will you wear?!
We’ve probably painted a negative picture of cooking for a date, but there are many positives too!
You will be able to spend lots of time getting to know each other without interruption and it’s much cheaper than eating out! It also shows that you have made an effort, which will be appreciated, even if you burn everything to a crisp!
Love makes the world go round and if you have invested lots of time on international matchmaking sites in order to find someone you would like to get to know better, cooking for your date gives plenty of opportunity.
Here are some tips to cook the perfect romantic meal!
Try to cook something you have cooked before and that you know well. It’s certainly not the occasion to try something elaborate!
Choose a menu that is simple and tasty, steak and chips would go down better than a complicated beef wellington. Dress it up with a colourful salad and it will look fab.
Try to find out your dates likes and dislikes and also if they have any dietary requirements.
Present the dish attractively, it goes a long way to enhance the overall taste.
Avoid Heavy/Starchy Dishes
A light fresh dish is more conducive to a romantic evening than a stodgy, carbohydrate heavy dish.
Carbs induce sleepiness, which isn’t your aim.
Include lots of veg and fruits and avoid anything along the lines of steak pie and sticky toffee pudding with custard!
Chocolate is always appreciated as a dessert, but make it light.
When your date arrives you want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible.
Prepare as much of the meal as you can in advance. Serve a cold starter and prepare desserts that can be chilled in the fridge.
You should only need to pop into the kitchen to plate food up or fry the steak.
Offer chilled drinks and create a welcoming, romantic atmosphere for your date to chill when you’re in the kitchen.
You also need to factor in time to get your house ship shape as well as get dressed into something gorgeous. Ditch the apron as quickly as possible and enjoy your date!
The more preparation you can do in advance the better the date will be. Who knows there may be a wedding on the horizon!
Try to remember that the whole purpose of your date is to have fun. If any disasters occur – remember to keep a few takeaway menus to hand!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.