The important thing to remember here is that a romantic dinner is supposed to be fun. You want to spend quality time with each other and enjoy the food. As the cook, it’s your responsibility to make sure you don’t go around looking hurried and frantic. You want to come across as cool chef who has everything under control.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind while cooking a romantic dinner
Don’t try too many things – Simplicity is the name of the game. A soup or a starter, a main course and a light dessert is all that you need to wrap up a good dinner. You can ask your boyfriend to get the wine or champagne.
Keep the kitchen clean – Your boyfriend will want to see you cooking. If you come across as a disorganized and frantic cook, it will leave a bad impression. Be slow and organized in your cooking, pay attention to details and don’t create a mess in the kitchen.
Do the cutting and chopping before he arrives – The objective of a dinner date at home is to allow for some quality time together. Instead of spending time in the kitchen cutting and chopping stuff after he arrives, it’s better to get done with it before hand. You can then just put things into the oven or grill, while the both of you enjoy a wine and a starter.
Be clear about what he likes and dislikes – The last thing you want to do is make him eat something he doesn’t like, just because he doesn’t want to hurt you. Many guys hate the taste of garlic or ginger, some don’t like mint, while some might hate corn. Just ask him if there are any specific flavors or vegetables that he has a dislike for, before you plan the dinner menu.
Be careful with the seasoning – If you are beginner at cooking, you should pay extra attention to the seasoning. Too much or too little can easily spoil the taste of the dish. Too little salt makes the food taste lipid, while an excess can offset the best of dishes.
Presentation is important – A touch of parsley and coriander leaves on top of the serving, a few cut peaches on the side or a slice of lime on top of the dessert, these small things can give a great impression. If you’ve eaten at a 5 star restaurant you will know that the chefs put in a lot of effort just to make the presentation look good.
What to cook for a romantic dinner?
Here are a few tips on what you can cook for your dinner date. The menu should consist of a starter, a main course and a dessert to keep the dinner well organized. Of course there are no hard and fast rules, but if you are planning on making a good first impression, you may as well be precise.
Soup – Nothing like a piping hot soup to start off a dinner, especially if it’s the cold season. Sweet corn or chicken soup would be ideal.
Cheese or crackers – You can have the wine along with some simple starters like cheese sticks, crackers or just an olive salad.
A garden salad – It’s very healthy to eat some raw veggies as a starter but do ask your boyfriend if he’s a fan of vegetable salads. The dressing is the key as is the freshness of vegetables you use.
The main course
Roast chicken – This is an all time favorite and if your boyfriend likes chicken this is the dish to go for. You can cut up some carrots, cauliflower, parsnips, sweet potato and roast it along with the chicken. The seasoning and the sauce you use to paint the chicken is crucial.
Beef tenderloin – It’s bound to be a hit if it comes out well. A juicy beef tenderloin with some mashed potatoes is an ultimate delight in culinary circles. It’s quit easy to prepare and again the sauce you use makes all the difference. You can enjoy it with a glass of wine, a perfect recipe for a romantic dinner.
Braised meats – You can’t go wrong with this. You can braise the meat a day before because it tastes better that way. Braised chicken makes for a gourmet meal with little fuss involved in cooking.
Pasta – If he is a vegetarian, it would be a good idea to make a pasta dish, with tomato sauce and garlic for taste. You can also make a non-vegetarian pasta by adding cut sausages and chicken nuggets to the penne.
A pie – You can make a pie the night before your date. An apple pie or a blueberry pie would be great, though it does require some expertise to prepare.
A short cake – If you are good with baking, then a short cake is a great option for desert. You can top it off with some chocolate sauce and raisins.
Pudding – There is nothing like a home made pudding to top off a dinner.
Instead of trying out new things, stick to what you are good at cooking. To cook a romantic dinner for your boyfriend is task you should undertake with a love and care. Do not try and out do yourself, keep it simple and be sure to enjoy the whole process.