When you’re a bachelor you can afford to settle for weird dinner experiments made from the things at the back of your cupboard. After all, all you’re trying to do is fill your stomach. But when you’re inviting a woman (or a man) over you’ve got to up your game. Fish paste and hot water can no longer be passed off as seafood chowder, and Sour Worms are not the perfect accompaniment to steak.
So, I’ve put together a list of 5 easy-to-make dishes that will fool your girlfriend (or boyfriend) into thinking you’re an adult.
1. Heart-shaped French toast with cinnamon sugar
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it may be the last chance you get to prove that staying over wasn’t a mistake. Sneak out of bed early, put on some coffee and try out this fail-safe French toast recipe. She’ll wake up to the smell of sweet-spicy cinnamon sugar and you might just get another date!
2. Pasta Napolitano
“Wow, you made something with an Italian name? You must be better looking than I remember!” is what your date will say when you put this in front of him/her. This dish is simple, delicious and even YOU can boil pasta. Plus, Justin Bonello says it's OK to buy the base of your sauce so the hard part is already done for you.
3. Baked mozzarella and tomato parcels
Being able to bake something that didn’t come out of a packet is the single most impressive thing a man can do. It’s as impressive as doing charity work or having visible abs. These parcels are delicious, they look impressive, and if you’ve ever folded a paper plane you’re almost over-qualified to nail this dish. You’ve got this one in the bag!
4. Braaied rump steak with anchovy cream, crispy fried onions and garlic
OK, this one’s a biggie. It’s definitely out of your comfort zone, but if you can pull it off you will be a King. And once it’s done you’ll never have to do it again. If the relationship lasts you can always just talk about that one time you made the incredible steak with the anchovy cream. It’ll form the foundation of your legacy. Plus, it’s a good chance to prove you can braai. Conquer this recipe one step at a time and do as much as you can before your date arrives. Maybe just take the day off work.
5. Chocolate fondue
If the date is at the point where feeding each other decadent molten chocolate is even an option, you’ve already won. I’m not even going to post a recipe for this. Just melt chocolate, dip things into it and feed each other in the mouth. If anything goes wrong have a Magnum on standby.
If you have some dating dishes you’d like to share, please get in touch with Karl!
About Karl Ahari
Karl Ahari is a celebrity, socialite and the face of Kalahari, best known for his charity work with dyslexic animals. Karl recently disappeared from the limelight after experiencing a painful break up, but he is resurfacing to recover his career.