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.