TURNING MY COOKING CATASTROPHES INTO THE PERFECT DINNER DATE

I have an obsession with collecting cooking books but as Mr Blues will tell you, I’m far from a chef in the making.  He’s experienced first hand each and every one of my cooking disasters: turning his kitchen into a war zone, serving up a chilli with a little too much chilli powder and my piece de resistance:  a freezing cold full English. But every now and again, I arrive on his doorstep with bags full of ingredients and he smiles, vacates to a safe area with his cat and patiently waits for the smoke alarm to join the party.  Why do we continue to play this charade? 

We’re both romantics. We love nights in with a home cooked meal and a good movie over a crowded restaurant any day of the week.  And as it turns out, we’re not alone. Hello Fresh carried out a survey recently and found over a third of British men and a quarter of women are planning a cosy, romantic night in to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a home cooked meal too. They found the most popular date night dish to prepare is steak (which funnily enough, Mr Blues cooked for me on our second date), closely followed by a full roast dinner and curry (you can never go wrong with a spicy aphrodisiac).

The poll also highlights  ‘two-thirds of British women believe that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ and I’m definitely one of those women. I’ve never given up trying to prepare a meal for Mr Blues because I imagined there was something so satisfying about watching your date tuck in and enjoy a dish you prepared from scratch.  Hello Fresh have always been on my radar and funnily enough, just over a month ago I won a blog competition to try one of their recipe boxes. As Mr Blues waited apprehensively in the other room, I cooked up a steak stir fry with minimal pot banging. It was delicious. In fact, it was so good he went back for seconds and my mum and sister enjoyed the rest when I dropped off the leftovers. A cooking triumph if ever there was one!

Hello Fresh deserve all the credit because had it not been for their recipe box, Mr Blues would still be smiling, rolling his eyes and running for cover. Their recipe cards are easy to follow, spices and sauces measured out and all I had to do was prepare the veg. By taking the stress out of cooking, I was able to enjoy putting together a romantic meal using fresh ingredients with confidence we both thoroughly enjoyed. Restaurant meals come and go, they’re barely memorable, but this is one meal we’ll never forget.


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17 Comments

  1. Joanna
    February 13th, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    I agree that a man’s heart goes through his stomach! This year my and my bf will celebrate Valentine’s Day in a restaurant and let others cook for us, but on any other day we do cook for each other and it’s always a challenge to find more delicious recipes that are easy to make 🙂

  2. February 13th, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Food is my one true love (well one down from my doggo) so I definitely agree with the saying ‘the way to the heart is through the stomach’ haha! It’s so hard finding delicious meals to cook that seem ultra-sophisticated but are in fact ultra easy! I’m sure you guys will have a blast tomorrow no matter what happens! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. February 13th, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I am awful at cooking, I used to be able to bake but now I can’t really stand long enough to even do that. I can definitely agree that the way to Ash’s heart is via his stomach and he would agree too.

  4. February 13th, 2018 / 11:23 pm

    It makes sense that curry is one of the UK’s most popular dishes, as it is definitely mine! Like you said you can’t go wrong with a spicy aphrodisiac!

  5. February 14th, 2018 / 7:59 am

    The heart definitely goes to the stomach! I love a good ol curry too 🙂

  6. February 14th, 2018 / 10:03 am

    Haha I love that Mr Blues is so understanding of your cooking disasters, he is pure gold! I think the way to a man’s heart is through great intelligent conversation but that is only because I hate cooking lol

  7. February 14th, 2018 / 10:11 am

    Well, I guess not too late for me. Still learning and practicing to cook so that when Mr. Right comes. I can definitely go through his stomach. Yay!

  8. February 14th, 2018 / 11:16 am

    I am fine cooking normal meals, but if I try something new it is usually a nightmare, just yesterday I was talking to my husband about a new recipe I had found and his words were don’t do it. I have used Hello Fresh in the past and they are so easy to follow and make x

  9. February 14th, 2018 / 11:36 am

    I love the recipe cards you get from cooking boxes like Hello Fresh as you have the exact right ingredients for each dish x

  10. Jem
    February 14th, 2018 / 11:38 am

    I’m not surprised that the curry is the favourite dish in the Uk. They can be so simple to cook from scratch and very adaptable too.

  11. February 14th, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    I love this so positive and yes cooking fails can end up being turned around – it is the effort that counts x

  12. February 14th, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    My husband laughs at me, because whereas I can create some lovely meals and am by no means a novice, he says I create a mess and several small fires in the kitchen.

    The idea of the Hello Fresh box is a great idea for having a handy and healthy meal, with all your needs and just the right amounts.

  13. February 14th, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Show me the food and I am as happy as I can be! Thing is I cant cook, so I have to hope the wife will do it :o)

  14. February 14th, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    I love sharing food with my husband, but alas, he’s just not a foodie! He actually uttered the words “I don’t like cheese.” the other day, which I think should be grounds for divorce, lol! No, in all honesty, he does like a good meal too – wish we could get these HelloFresh boxes in Shetland!

  15. February 15th, 2018 / 8:12 am

    hahah I’d have to agree that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – all my bf seems to do is eat!

  16. bryanna skye
    February 15th, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    boxes like hello fresh really helped teach me how to cook, and I love that I can now make pretty much anything! and my partner loves it too haha

  17. February 19th, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    My boyfriend LOVES food, so I completely agree with this. I’ve tried Hello Fresh before and thought some meals were ok.

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