1. Beef bourguignon
You’d better check first whether your date is a veggie or a vegan. If so, this option is very definitely off the menu or they’ll be out the door in no time. Nevertheless, once you’ve established that your date is a red-blooded carnivore, this is a great choice for a meal to cook on a date.
Apart from being a delicious, rich, and elegant dish, it can be prepared well in advance and served with some simple potatoes and steamed veg, so there’s no last minute flapping around. Best served with candlelight.
It’s unlikely that you’d be cooking for a first date, but you never know. If you were, this would be a great first date option: light, crisp, interesting and without too many assumptions or pretentions – perfect for a lunchtime date. Don’t forget to use the original recipe – without the anchovies, as they are not to everyone’s taste.
Definitely not shop-bought or takeaway. A pizza fit for a date should be homemade and fresh. Make the dough and some side dishes in advance (maybe go easy on the garlic bread). And choose your toppings together – you could learn a lot about each other that way.
It’s funny how Italian food can be perfect for any occasion. Everyday pasta al something-or-other can be scrubbed up and dressed up for a romantic date. It’s all in the sauce. Choose something creamy and smooth that lingers on the palate, and a wine to go with it. And you’ll be sharing a sunset together in no time.
Sometimes it’s more about location than food. What could be easier than marshmallows toasted by the fire for a date to remember? The question is: are we talking log cabin or campfire? And how hot could it get?
One for real fresh, seasonal romantics. For an alternative date idea, try picking your own – together.
If you’re still looking to find that special somebody to share a romantic meal with, online dating sites such as www.jazzedfreedating.co.uk are a great way to meet new, like-minded people.
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