Got an important date looming? Wracking your brain for ideas that’ll leave a great impression? If there’s one simple and effective dating strategy that’s sure to impress every time, it’s cooking.
Right now cooking is one of the most fashionable hobbies available, and going to the effort of preparing a well thought out, delicious meal is a simple way to prove you’re an excellent catch. However, some meals lend themselves to romantic dinner settings better than others. With this in mind, here are three easy recipes that are sure to impress every time.
1. Go French
If Paris is the city of love, then French food is the cuisine of romance. Classic French recipes are full bodied and rich, but thanks to slow cooking techniques require very little preparation. An excellent example is the flavoursome, but simple, Beef Bourguignon.
While different recipes vary, the key ingredients include stewing beef, red wine, lardons, a selection of herbs (garlic, rosemary, thyme, parsley and bay leaves) and casserole vegetables like carrots, mushrooms and shallots.
Simply flour and seal the beef in a frying pan over a medium heat. Fry off the lardons, combine the mixed herbs and diced vegetables in a casserole dish with the wine. Add the meats, a tablespoon of tomato purée and season well. Slow cook for around three hours or until the meat is soft and tender.
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2. Seafood selection
They say oysters are a natural aphrodisiac and, at the end of the day, what dish looks more impressive than a delicious seafood platter? Be sure to always opt for very fresh ingredients and if you’re unsure what to pick, ask your local fishmonger what’s in season right now.
Fresh seafood platters don’t require a great deal of cooking, so take time with your presentation and why not put together a homemade tartar sauce? Simply combine mayonnaise, capers, gherkins, salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
3. Festive food
Christmas is fast approaching, which means there are plenty of festive recipes to take inspiration from. For anyone interested in Christian dating ideas, classic Christmas recipes are a perfect way to cook food that you both share a common love for.
Some recipes that are sure to impress any date include a delicious honey and marmalade glazed ham. A classic roast turkey is also an extremely healthy option. Finally a rich Christmas pudding served with delicious brandy custard is a fantastic finale to any home cooked meal.
Things to avoid
If it’s early in the relationship, there are some meals that are better suited than others. Cooking with too much garlic can put a dampener on the romantic feel of the evening, and be considerate when serving things like spinach and spaghetti as they can be messy and inelegant to eat.
Also, be sure to always do your research. Nothing could be worse than serving shellfish or peanuts to someone who suffers from allergies.