Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
There’s that saying that goes “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” and in my case this rings very true! My boyfriend is fond of his food, and since he hasn’t eaten my cooking since he visited me in Bristol in May 2009, I thought it would be a nice change if instead of a fancy meal out, we would have a nice homemade lunch by ourselves!
Now, I don’t claim to be an amazing cook by any means, but I am well-trained both by the internet (haha!) and 2 years of independent Uni Life to be able to throw together a pretty good meal when the time calls for it! Yes, I am an internet-trained cook and proud of it! 😀
The boyfriend offered to prepare starter and appetizer of Bruschetta and Caesar Salad, so I thought it was only fair that I handled main course and dessert. He is fond of anything with beef, potatoes or onions, which gave me quite a bit of options! But I guess I decided to play it safe this time round and go with my tried-and-tested AND guaranteed to please recipe of Cottage Pie.
This particular pie has never failed me, and my ex-housemate Andrew claims that this is the best Cottage Pie he’s ever had (even better than his mum’s!!) so I had confidence that this would go over well with no problems! Cottage Pie is a tiny bit labour intensive, but it is well worth the effort for a nice warm dinner. Let me know if anyone wants to try this recipe out and I’ll share it! (:
I must take the time here to say that I was so impressed the boyfriend’s contributions to the meal! Both dishes were fantastic (tried and tested by his parents, who are absolute foodies!) with the Bruschetta having a bit of a spicy tuna twist and the Caesar Salad dressing was just amazing! I heard that the recipe for the dressing was previously used by the restaurant at the old Imperial Hotel, and all I can say that it was a winner in my books indeed! I will definitely be getting both recipes off him asap!
For dessert, I used Martha Stewart’s One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe with reduced sugar to go with a yummy Cream Cheese Frosting (which my sister happened make too much of), and finished it with a sprinkling of grated Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Dark Chocolate. To be honest, I didn’t have much confidence with this having never tried this recipe, and having rushed to make it on the morning itself, but I think it turned out pretty good!
After all the times we’ve had to decide on where we should go out to eat for over 5 years worth of special occasions, I think it was a lovely change to have a nice home-cooked meal date! We managed to save a little money, and got to spend some time working together in the kitchen, which was really lovely! Admittedly, I used to the sort who absolutely hates someone getting in my way when I’m cooking, but recently, I like having the extra company (and help!!) around.
Oh, I do like a guy who can cook up a pretty good meal, and I do like yummy food! After today’s success, I think there will definitely be more plans for more cooking dates in the future. (;