The key to preparing the ultimate home dinner date is to keep things simple. A romantic meal really can be easier to create than movies may lead you to believe.
A fancy extravagant dinner may be nice but it can also be a lot of work. It will also leave you with a sink full of pots and pans waiting to be washed after the meal is over. Not so romantic as one might have first imagined.
One of the biggest mistakes that lovers make when they want to impress their date is to do it with a large gourmet style meal. All that will do is tire you out and bloat your lover with a tummy filled with an over abundance of food.
Whether for a romantic rendezvous or an enchanting Valentine's Day, on your next home date think K-I-S-S: Keep - It - Subtly - Simple and keep the romance in your meal.
A Large Meal can be a lot of Work to Prepare
Extravagant preparations can add stress into a meal that shouldn't be there. Preparing a large meal can put a lot of work and pressure on you and if something goes wrong with the recipe, well it can really put a damper on the occasion as well.
Romance is in the little details that create atmosphere. Forget the mouth watering chef style meal that you are considering and cook up a truly romantic dinner for your date instead. It's easy with these dining tips.
Keep it simple. Select a recipe for your date that allows you to do most of your prep work a day early or select a meal that can be easily prepared the day of your date. Less work on the day of the event will help to keep your dinner a relaxed affair.
A Platter for Two or Sharing a Salad Can be Simply Romantic
A Fondue Can be so Much More Than Just a Chocolate or Cheese Sauce
The beauty of serving fondue for a home dinner date is in it's simplicity. It is a one dish meal that can be a relaxing, nutritious, and delicious. You can serve a standard cheese fondue, a meat bouillon fondue, a seafood fondue, or a creamy white sauce fondue. For dessert a small chocolate fondue is a nice finishing touch to the meal.
The fondue sauce can be prepared, and most of the vegetables and fruits washed, sliced, and cubed, the day before your event. Seafood and meat can also be cooked, and cubed or sliced, the day before your planned dinner. There are a few foods that need to be prepared the morning of your big date but your work will definitely be reduced substantially for that day.
The advance preparation of your dinner meal will give you ample time to insure that your meal will be perfect and you will be in a refreshed and relaxed mood to enjoy your romantic Valentine's day date. You need only heat and serve your romantic dinner.
Dinner For Two Can be Romantic Without Being a Lot of Work
A large submarine sandwich, pita bread sandwich, or delivered pizza dinner can be very romantic when the atmosphere dictates that it be.
Romantic candlelight, a bottle of your favorite wine, and a wood or marble serving board can turn a simple meal into a spectacular one. A before dinner appetizer or a few simple side dishes and your dinner date meal is complete.
It is much easier to create your own side dishes, but slip out to pick up the main portion of your meal, then it is to prepare a complete meal the day of your big dinner date. So long as you remove the restaurant packaging before you serve your meal there really is little stigma attached to taking the easy way out.
If you do get caught, you can simply make a joke of how hard you have worked cooking the meal. Then smile and say dinner is now served.
A Table Top Prepared Meal?
There is something casually seductive in cooking a meal at your table. Table top cooking is ideal for creating a relaxed atmosphere for the date. It is also great for starting and keeping conversation flowing throughout the meal. The workload is also generally less when cooking foods at the table as guests tend to lend a hand in cooking the meal.
There are a number of kitchen gadgets that are ideal in this type of food preparation. Indoor grill, buffet table, fondue pot etc.
A selection of meats and vegetables can be grilled to create a buffet style dinner date. Grilling is also great for serving up a shish kebab meal. The shish kebabs can be prepared in advance of your date and then put on the grill pre-meal to cook or to heat. Fresh fruit for desert? K-I-S-S: Just keep it subtly simple and save your kisses for your date.
Enjoy an Indoor Barbecue at Your Table
The George Foreman indoor grill makes barbecuing indoors a simple affair. A barbecue is ideal for a Valentine or other romantic meal date. The beautiful aspect of this style of cooking is that both men and women tend to help out with the grilling. It makes the cooking part of the date which when you think about it, is quite romantic.
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