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Please help me impress my new man!!!!!!!



  • lilac_lady
    lilac_lady Posts: 4,469 Forumite
    Don't cook him anything! He'll expect you to keep cooking instead of eating out. Well, that's what happened to me. :-)
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  • jackieglasgow
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    Steak and salad? Or a BBQ? Then he can do his Tarzan impersonation (although without the loincloth, obviously!)
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  • celyn90
    celyn90 Posts: 3,249 Forumite
    You could do something that was either cold (like little tapas dishes) or something like spagetti bologense - you could make the sauce in advance (it always tastes better a day later anyway) and just cook the pasta on the day then reheat the sauce - that way you won;t be in the kitchen for more than fifteen minutes :) Salad, bread and red wine with it :)

    I'm a great beliver in dinner party food that doesn't need any attention when the guests are around :) have a great time, cel x
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  • Icey77
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    lilac_lady wrote: »
    Don't cook him anything! He'll expect you to keep cooking instead of eating out. Well, that's what happened to me. :-)

    I was brought up to pay my share and I can't afford to be eating out every week. I'm simply not comfortable letting him pay all the time.
    Steak and salad? Or a BBQ? Then he can do his Tarzan impersonation (although without the loincloth, obviously!)

    Sadly don't have a BBQ or even a garden for that matter. Also, never quite managed to get the hang of steak. I always manage to smoke out the kitchen and I was kinda aiming for the domestic goddess, effortlessly whipping up something lush for dinner :cool:

    Another also I forgot to mention (sorry!) the dinner can't contain any onions in a substantial form as he won't touch them with a barge pole. I think very finely chopped may be OK.
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  • Bogof_Babe
    Bogof_Babe Posts: 10,803 Forumite
    A couple of chicken breasts and a jar of cook-in sauce. The white wine and cream one was lovely when we used to get it before OH turned vegetarian. Serve with mash, oven chips, roasties or even rice.

    Have you got a slow cooker?
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  • PasturesNew
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    What does he normally choose when you eat out? What do you normally choose?
  • C_Mababejive
    C_Mababejive Posts: 11,654 Forumite
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    M&S dine in for two deals...bluff it that you cooked it :)
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  • greenbee
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    Something light. It may not be a seduction meal, but you may both be nervous if it's your first meal in.
  • angeltreats
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    Fish is great because you can cook it in only a few minutes and if you get the fishmonger/Asda/whoever to fillet it, you'll have no prep at all. Something like a couple of nice tuna steaks would cook in a minute or two on each side and tuna isn't stinky so your house won't pong of fish.

    A nice marinade for tuna is as follows:

    Heat 50ml soy sauce with 50ml brown sugar in a small saucepan till the sugar dissolves. Add a clove or two of garlic, chopped finely, and a teaspoon of sesame oil. Marinade the tuna in this for an hour or so.

    Then cook the tuna in a grill pan if you have one, or otherwise a frying pan, for about a minute on each side for pink in the middle (which is lovely!) or two minutes for a bit more well done, throw some of the marinade in there too and it will go lovely and sticky.

    Serve with a salad (cherry tomatoes, nice leaves, a few spring onions maybe) and some boiled new potatoes tossed in melted butter and Maldon/sea salt or a bit of parsley. Very very little effort.

    A pudding that also requires very little effort is Eton mess! Or you could do a golden syrup sponge in the microwave, have it ready to go and it will cook in about seven minutes, just serve it with some bought ice cream. What else... a fruit crumble of some kind would be nice and easy, and you could have it ready to stick in the oven half an hour before you want it.
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