Step Two: Food for thought
So, what are you going to cook? There are some foods that Dean thinks are stereotypically romantic; the usual suspects, asparagus, oysters etc. He advises not to turn your nose up at a culinary cliché, he says, “let’s be honest chocolate is an absolute winner for me. So, time should be taken to knock up an indulgent dessert like a rich chocolate torte or if you fancy yourself as a bit of a dab hand in the kitchen a chocolate fondant.”
If you’re struggling to think of recipe ideas, Dean has shared with EliteSingles his dream menu for a romantic meal. Keeping in mind the need to be well prepared, he would start with his “gazpacho, made ahead of time and chilled until needed.” Then he would make “a chicken stew, again made ahead of time and reheated when needed, served with some rosemary sauté potatoes.” Lastly, and non-surprisingly, given his thoughts on chocolate, he would whip up some light and fluffy pancakes with seasonal fruit and a dark chocolate drizzle which cook in minutes.”
These recipes allow for less time spent on the night in the kitchen, which means you’ll have more time to spend enjoying your evening with your partner.
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Step three: Set the mood
If you want to make the night truly romantic, don’t only focus on the making food perfect. Dean believes that, “the food will speak for itself, no pressure to cook something spectacular just make sure it tastes great.”
He thinks that is in important to “try to create a comfortable ambiance.” So, think of what music you like to play, what wine will go with the food and get the conversation flowing.
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Step Four: Take the time to enjoy your meal together
It can often be difficult to find the time to enjoy a romantic meal with your loved one, so when you do sit down to eat together, Dean advises that, “to keep your phones in your pocket and enjoy each other’s company.” He believes that sharing a romantic meal with your partner, “is a chance to chat, engage and interact away from the stresses of the day. We should definitely be making more of an effort to make this time a focal point of the day.”
Cooking a romantic meal is a way you can show that you truly care about your partner. If you’re in the stage of your relationship where you want to share your love of food, follow these steps and you’ll surely impress your beloved with many more romantic meals in the future.
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About Dean Edwards:
Dean Edwards is the resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine and his new cookbook Feelgood Family Food is out now. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.