The dating game is a difficult one and finding the perfect first-date scenario is paramount to success! I’ve always been most impressed by guys who have cooked for me – as it shows that express bit of effort, and shows they’ve gone the extra mile.
Those first few dates are the most important time of a relationship – not only because you’re eager to impress but because you want to give your date an insight into what life with you would be like! It’s pretty obvious that cooking is a great way to this, because cooking – unlike other dates such as the cinema, is a really personal and intimate activity. It says something about you, and your personality!
As with anything though – there are mistakes you can make. And the last thing you want to do is put them off! It’s best to avoid sticky food or messy food (after all, making a big sticky mess, isn’t going to be great for first impressions!) so keep the food classic, not too fussy and easy to serve up. You’ll also want to make it easy to cook too – although impressive to look at – the last thing you want is to make a mistake just when the romantic mood is set.
It’s OK though, no need to worry – here I’ve put together a great list of food options for that all-important first date, that can’t possibly fail to impress:
1. Lasagna and Salad
Lasagna is one of those great dishes that everyone just loves and looks super impressive when you serve it up on the table. You’ll want to make sure you’ve got a lasagna dish though – in order to do it justice! Lasagna is great in two ways – because it can be served up for vegetarians and meat eaters too, which means it’s tailored to all different tastes! Serve it up with a fresh green salad and you’ll keep it fresh and light too. One thing to avoid is garlic bread though – because that may lead to smelly breath – not great for a first date!
2. Prawn Cocktail
Prawn Cocktail is great as it’s one of those dishes that can be prepared hours (even days in advance) and takes no time at all to put together of serve. I always find Prawn cocktail works super with a nice loaf of fresh bread from the bakery served up with butter. It’s a great starter, but also works as a nice main course too.
Steak is a wonderful, very impressive meal to cook – and takes barely anytime at all to cook, and is easy to get right with a bit of practice. A fresh cut of meat is easily to get hold of from your local super market or butcher, and from there all you need to do is pop it on a char grill, or fry is for a pan-fried steak. Serve up with salad if your date is health conscious, or with hand made wedges for something more impressive and filling.
4. Salmon Fillet
Salmon fillet is great and classic for anyone who loves seafood – and fish is notoriously easy to cook too. Salmon fillet is the steak of the fish world – and can be served up in so many ways. If you’re feeling adventurous serve it up with sweet chilli sauce and sweet potato mash, if you’re after something a bit less adventurous though – hollandaise sauce and new potatoes is a great choice too.