Romantic dinner ideas: how to cook with love
If you’re looking for expert advice and some very romantic dinner ideas, then you’re in the right place. If you’re looking for love, then try EliteSingles.
Step one: know why you're doing this
We’ve all heard that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. But why is cooking for someone so swoon-worthy? My Kitchen Rules contestants Jessie and Ricki reckon that it is because cooking is two-way street – both partners get something great out of the exchange. They say ‘’it’s great to see the enjoyment your partner gets from eating a delicious meal you have created for them.’’
What’s more, Ricki notes, ‘’conversation is built while eating together and it can be romantic having a meal and wine together even if it’s just at home.’’ For Jessie, ‘’after working all day, going to the gym, then working some more, sitting down eating together is the best part of the day, we get to relax, eat, talk about our day and just hang out together while occasionally enjoying a sneaky wine.’’
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Step two: get your romantic dinner ideas sorted.
The best thing about romantic dinner ideas is that a dish doesn’t have to be elaborate to be passionate. As Jessie says ‘’I consider it a romantic meal if your partner doesn’t have to worry about cooking for the night ’’adding that ’’I usually just ‘wing it’ with whatever ingredients I have in the cupboard. It could be anything from a simple stir-fry to a time consuming risotto.’’
Of course, sometimes you want to push the boat out. And that means deciding on a menu. For Jessie, there’s one dish that stands out as more romantic than most: ‘’Pasta! I love Italian food, pizza, pasta, risotto.'’ Our members agree – in an EliteSingles date night survey, 33% picked Italian as the world’s most date-worthy cuisine, making it a runway favourite for Kiwis wanting romantic dinner ideas.
When it’s time for dessert though, there's only one thing that screams romance. And, as Ricki puts it, that’s ‘’chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!’’ In fact, her and Jessie’s favourite romantic treat is ‘’the baked chocolate pudding from our [MKR] Instant Restaurant.’’ The thing they love about it? ‘’The centre is meant to be liquid, however if you stuff it up (like we did) it’s no big deal, they will never know and it is still super delicious and easy to make at home.’’
Get inspired: Find the recipe for Jessie and Ricki’s famous baked chocolate pudding here. EliteSingles has tried it and can confirm: it’s delicious!