Making the right impression on a first date is everything. Whilst you might feel as though the pressure is on to get your suit right, or ensure that your hair is just so, have you ever thought about the food? If you’re taking your partner out to a restaurant, finding the right cuisine is easy. But what if you’re cooking at home? Choosing the right dish is key to setting the right tone, and of course you want it to be a romantic evening. Here are some dishes which might inspire you to cook a romantic feast:
The making of risotto is all about love and care, which automatically makes this a romantic dish. It is comforting without being too heavy, and easy enough to get right without having to get a sweat on. Pour a glass of wine for whilst you cook, and grate some parmesan over the finished product for some extra tang. Risotto is such a versatile dish that whether your date is vegan, has a shellfish allergy or loves meat, you can ensure the ingredients are perfect. For something really special, try a lobster and champagne risotto, and cosy up on the sofa together with the rest of the bottle of fizz.
Make your own sushi
Sushi makes a great date dish because you can share it, and there are lots of different elements to choose from. If you’re making your own sushi be sure to get sashimi-grade fish from the fish counter or even the Japanese market to ensure the freshness of your seafood, as you want to avoid making your date seriously ill. You could even make the sushi together, which could be a fun activity. If your cooking skills leave a lot to be desired, Deliveroo can bring sushi to your door. Why not try ordering in a sushi platter, and leaving the hard work to the experts?
If anyone knows anything about romance and food, it is the French. Take a note out of the book of the most romantic nation in the world, and prepare something extra special to impress your guest. Most people think that French cooking has to be difficult and fussy, however at the root of all French cooking is good ingredients and lots of care. Try a gooey baked Camembert with crusty bread to start, and follow with a typically French dish of boeuf bourguignon: a slow-cooked shin of beef in a rich gravy. You could even decorate the table with a red-and-white checked tablecloth and put on some French music for the perfect atmosphere, and don’t forget the wine. Allons-y!
Whether you have been together for a few weeks, or a few years, food can be a great way to catch up and reconnect. Whilst making a great first impression is important, your date wants to get to know you, not how well you can cook! Make something with which you are comfortable, and something that you like to eat. If it all goes a bit wrong, and you burn the beef, you can always nip out for dinner!