I’ve never had a guy cook for me, with the exception of one. He made these things called man meals, and actually they were for him and actually they were disgusting. Man meals consisted of things like eggs and hot dogs, Jack and The Box burgers with peanut butter and tacos, and 4 decker ham sandwiches on white bread. This guy was my boyfriend but not really for like four years. Guess how many Valentine’s days I spent with him.
Yea, that’s why he was my not real boyfriend. I don’t hate him and appreciate all the growth I was able to have personally because our relationship wasn’t so serious. It showed me Valentine’s Day wasn’t really that big of a deal, and that annually going to Pinkberry with my friend Kiana sufficed. Perhaps I was rationalizing, because deep down inside every girl really wants that hot Valentine’s Day date. Blame it on the media. The one we did spend together I will never forget. We cooked together. In reality I cooked, but he helped. Then we had a plating contest; which we put to a social media vote.
I won of course.
We have since parted ways, but I will never forget that day.
Time spent doing things together is special.
Roses are red violets are blue cook for your lady-friend and she’ll always love you. This year instead of buying chocolate she doesn’t really want, stuffed bears that just get added to the collection (and eventually given away, or doing nothing (ha) ) do something that will really leave an impression, cook! Memories have much more depth of mind then material things. As promised in my last blog this is post is for all my male readers to woo the female they secretly or not so secretly adore.
MAKE THIS MONTH is an easy Valentine’s Day dinner for two.
Seared Sesame Crusted Tuna w. Soy Chili Glaze
Baby Bok Choy
And for dessert
Nutella Chocolate Mousse w. Raspberries
Sounds fancy like you could never be able to do it right?
The whole meal takes less then 15 ingredients, 10 steps, and 3 pans. I think I have created fancy a man-proof meal…so I dare you to swoon me (or her).
What You Need:
Ahi Tuna (buy good quality because it is to be served near rare)
Garlic Salt or Garlic Pepper Salt
Minute Rice (unless you are real fancy and can make real)
What You Do:
1. Boil water in a large saucepan. (If you are making rice from scratch begin the rice now too)
2. Mix ¼ cup of soy sauce and ¼ cup of brown sugar or agave in a saucepan with a good sprinkling of hot chili flakes. Boil this mixture on low until it becomes thick like syrup.
3. Prep the fish by seasoning it with the garlic salt and then rolling the edges in sesame seeds.
4. By now the water should be boiling so blanch the bok choy. (Drop it in the hot water for about a minute, remove it, and then put it under cold water)
5. Heat a non-stick skillet with a bit of olive oil until it’s really hot. Season and cut the bok choy in half. Then sear it in the oil. You are basically looking to get a nice caramelization (color) on the bok choy.
6. While the pan is still hot put the tuna in and sear for about 2/3 minutes per side depending on how rare you’d like it. Ahi tuna should never be eaten well done unless you’re pregnant. Even if you are pregnant I would advise against well done tuna because it’s gross, just go open a can. Actually the mercury in tuna is bad for preggos anyway so just don’t eat it.
7. Just like steak, allow your fish to rest so the juices can recirculate back inside. While it is resting make the minute rice. By this point your sauce should be thick so all you have left to do is plate. Remember presentation is key in impressing.
Steps 1-4 can be done prior to serving. Steps 5-7 should be done when your date arrives. Don’t worry it will only take about 15 minutes maximum to complete. Depending on your date’s personality you can even get her involved in the finishing steps!
Make this in its entirety before your date arrives. So all you have to do is plate after dinner.
What You Need:
Nutella.Whipping Cream.Raspberries. Mint/Chocolate sauce/Chocolate Chips (garnish)
What You Do:
1. Whip carton cream with a whisk and all your arm strength until stiff peaks form. You could also use a hand mixer but being a guy I’m assuming you don’t have one of those. It should look like this:
2. Add in 2 Tablespoons of Nutella and mix until incorporated.
3. Serve with raspberries and garnish as you wish.
Easy as pie (except pie isn’t as easy?)
Now the meal is just one part of a date. If you are going to invite a girl into your home please make sure it’s clean. No cereal bowls by the toilet, no bra’s in the bed, no Sisqo posters on the wall, yes those have all happened to me. Sweeten the deal by making dinner a literal layout of your affection. Set the table nicely, use real silverware, maybe even some flowers. Partaking in a meal together that one partner has made for another or has been made together is one of the most intimate experiences a couple can share. You are literally sharing your energy in the food you have created. Trust me even it tastes absolutely disgusting she will literally love you forever for the effort, which is so lacking these days.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
(sorry, couldn’t be all love-y without some humor)