Being single has its challenges. Being a single “foodie” has even more challenges. When I get inspired and come up with new recipes that I would like to create, I have to take the food to work or host a dinner party. There isn’t anything wrong with either of those options, but sometimes it would be nice to have a “boo” to cook for one on one. Well, last week I was given the opportunity to do just that.
Last week I had a very good friend of mine over for dinner and entertainment. In the process of developing a perfect meal to cook, I went through several phases of thinking what would be the most appropriate meal to make. It is no secret that I am single and although my special friend is just a friend, I didn’t want to make a meal that was too formal because that might have sent a rather formal and romantic message. That was something that I didn’t want to do. So I decided to make something very simple, informal, but amazing and full of flavor and send the message “I kind of like you”. Please feel free to make. Let me know how your date goes. In fact, I have some rules and ideas to think about if you ever find yourself cooking for a prospective mate.
- Think about the personality of the person. No need to make Tuna Tartar to impress someone who is a meat and potatoes guy or a shrimp scampi gal. Go with what you know about them but take it to the next level.
- What you make and the ambiance you create sends a message. For my “friend” I made burgers fries, and that delicious Brookie that I made last week. We ate that good stuff and watched the Lions and Saints game and then ended the night with watching some comedy. Now that send the message “I’m happy you’re here”, “you’re a good friend”, and “I kind of like you, but nothing serious”. Now if I made my pan seared swordfish with lemon garlic asparagus and chocolate covered strawberries or a chocolate and fruit concoction of a dessert, what type of message do you think that would have sent?
- Make sure that it is something that you are confident that your date will enjoy. If you are trying something out for the first time, put that disclaimer out there when you set the date. In fact, you may not want to label it as a “date”. Just invite them over so they can try out your new dish and leave it at that.
When you are ready to eat the burger, one thing I do is toast the buns. In a small sauce pan, melt about 1 tablespoon of butter and place your buns inside/down on top of the melted butter and let toast for about 2 minutes. Then add your aioli, burger, selected cheese, bacon, red onion, tomato, lettuce, more aioli, and then the top of the burger.
That’s good eatin!