We all know the drill: when someone you love cooks you dinner, you are supposed to smile and devour the food with much joy and plenty of gleeful oohs and aahs. Yes, even if the food tastes like shit. Based on what I’ve learned from all the romantic comedies I’ve ever watched in my entire life, a girl will always say the food is delicious because she loves him. “It’s the gesture that counts” and all that mumbo jumbo. Chewing on a piece of burnt chicken is something we just have to willingly except and go through.
Love. It makes us do silly things.
Well guess what, dear readers? No matter how much I love someone, there will always be one thing I will secretly love more: food.
Is that a horrible thing to say? Maybe. But I just know that there are plenty of people out there who secretly agree with me. Admit it, ladies. A splendid chocolate mousse or an awkward dinner? You don’t even have to be a self-absorbed egomaniac to prefer the food over the man and surrender to the flawless qualities of a heavenly dessert.
However, I like to believe that with a little bit of effort we can actually achieve both the delicious and the entertaining. A lover who can entertain not only your body but your taste buds as well! Yes, you’ve read that correctly. The perfect world is within our reach!
That is, if you follow this menu. This 3-course dinner for two is impossible to screw up. Even the clumsiest of boyfriends will be able to embrace his Jamie Oliver swag and cook you an awesomely easy yet super delicious meal. This easy peasy menu is a funky combination of ultimate classics and creative twists and will give him the opportunity to spoil you with some homemade loveliness without breaking out into a sweat.
So are you ready to be wooed, dear ladies?
Here is my menu:
The Roomer Cocktail
Fill two glasses with red fruit and pour some ice cold Roomer (elderflower wine) on top of them. (Alternatively you could also use prosecco with elderflower syrup) Simple yet insanely yummy.
Croque Madame Muffins
One of the best recipes of Rachel Khoo. A traditional croque Madame shaped like a muffin: can it get any better than this?
Ingredients (makes 6)
- 6 slices of white bread, crusts cut off
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 3 large slices of cooked ham
- 6 egg yolks
For the béchamel sauce:
- Knob of butter
- 1 tbsp flour
- White pepper
- 250ml milk
- 50 gr grated cheese
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin, then brush each slice on both sides with melted butter.
- Gently press the slices into a muffin tin. Cut the large slices of ham in two and line each mold of bread with half a slice of ham. Now put an egg yolk into each bread muffin
- Make the béchamel: Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the flour and beat hard until you have a smooth paste. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Once the sauce has a yoghurt consistency, stir in the grated cheese. (The sauce is supposed to be rather thick so that it can “sit” on top of your muffin.)
- Spoon 1-2 tbsp of béchamel on to each egg yolk and finish with an extra sprinkling of grated cheese and white pepper. Put in the oven for 15 minutes.
Gorgonzola and Fig Pizza with Rocket and Brazil Nuts
Pungent gorgonzola, sweet figs, bitter rocket and crunchy nuts. Take it from me, this is by far the best pizza on the planet. Not only does it taste like food prepared for the Gods, it also looks like it came straight from heaven and landed on your plate. Hallelujah!
Ingredients (for one pizza):
- One portion of readymade pizza dough
- 4 figs, cut into slices
- 100-150gr gorgonzola (depending on the size of your pizza)
- 100gr rocket
- Handful of brazil nuts, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- Olive oil
- Pistachio oil (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 220°C.
- Brush your pizza dough with olive oil and sprinkle generously with dried thyme.
- Crumble the gorgonzola cheese over the pizza, followed by the slices of fresh figs. Season with pepper.
- Put in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Just before serving, sprinkle the chopped nuts over the pizza and arrange the rocket in a somewhat artsy way on top of it. Drizzle with pistachio oil if you want.
Chocolate Mousse with Baileys and Red Berries
Chocolate. Baileys. Red Fruit: Expressing your love was never this easy.
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 125gr milk chocolate
- 125ml double cream
- 1 egg white
- 4 tbsp Baileys Chocolat Luxe
- Red berries
- Melt the chocolate au bain marie.
- Whisk together the cream and egg white until your mixture forms soft peaks.
- Whisk in the Baileys.
- Stir a tablespoon of the cream mixture through the melted chocolate and mix well. Now pour this mix back into the Baileys cream and stir until you get a beautifully even mousse.
- Spoon the mousse into glasses and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Decorate with a generous portion of red fruit.