Okay, so you’ve taken my advice and you’ve started to cook for your dates. Good for you! And, let me guess, you have now been exposed to an avalanche of Foodie TV, publications, recipes, and general mayhem. You are confused and stressed over all this new knowledge you have to possess. You are busy and do not want to have to deal with so much new information. I understand completely.
There is so much about food and cooking that you do not know. I’ve been at it for over 20 years and I am still clueless on a vast array of the food scene. But I do know a lot, and I do know that you can do amazing things with a little knowledge and a few ingredients that will blow your date’s mind. So let me help you out with…
5 Quick And Easy Date Dishes
1. Broiled Salmon in a Teriyaki Glaze
This one is super easy. First, turn on your broiler. For the glaze, combine some soy sauce (Tamari if you need gluten free), chopped ginger and garlic, and honey in a bowl. Just play around with it till you like it, nice and sweet/savory. Then brush it on salmon filets. Pop it on a foil lined baking sheet and broil it about 3 inches from the heat for about 6-8 minutes or until the fish reads 130 degrees or so in the middle.
That’s it! It’s just that easy. Now you are a genius.
2. Sauteed Collard or Mustard Greens
Chop your greens into salad size pieces. In a sauté pan over medium high heat, pour a little olive oil into the pan. Toss in some chopped garlic, stir for 1 minute. Add the greens and stir continuously till they wilt down. Grate a small bit of fresh nutmeg into it. Add a little salt and then drizzle some balsamic vinegar over them. Voila! You are done.
You can plop that awesome salmon right on top of this if you want, or serve it as a side to almost anything you like.
3. Barcelona Bread
I call it this because that is where I discovered this amazingly simple and tasty bread! Take any kind of bread you like, cut into thick slices. Drizzle a little olive oil on both sides. Then grill, pan fry, or broil the bread till it gets lightly golden brown. Rub a clove of garlic on both sides. Cut a tomato in half and rub both sides of the bread with the cut side. Then sprinkle with a little kosher salt, and DAYUM!, you have some tasty food!
4. Blueberry Coulis
A coulis is a fancy word for a pureed veggie or fruit sauce. You don’t have to puree this one though. See how I make it easy for you?!? At the beginning of the date take a handful of blueberries (or just about any other type berry you like), a little sugar, a little water, and put it all into a small pot. Turn the heat on to low. Let that just stew away throughout the meal. When you are finished with the main courses, go check on your coulis. You should now have a luscious, sweet, chunky sauce. You can mash it down a bit, as I do, so it’s not too chunky. Now all you have to do is pour that liquid love over some vanilla bean ice cream, coconut sorbet, or, when it’s cooled down a bit, you might even pour it on your date. Your call…
5. The Best Damn Eggs Ever
So the night went well and it’s time for you to wow her with breakfast. Awesome. Here is a great way to do just that. Chop a tomato in smallish chunks. Fire up a non-stick sauté pan over medium heat (not too hot!). Add a little butter to the pan and let it melt. It should not immediately bubble. If it does, turn down the heat a bit. Add some FRESH chopped garlic to the pan. Let it saute for a minute. Add the tomato. Let that break down to a chunky mess, then add 2 or 3 beaten eggs. Keep stirring this melange till the eggs are cooked through and velvety. Serve them topped with a sprinkle of a dark sea salt and you are a certifiable frickin genius.
So there you have it. And entire cadre of dishes for you to use together or mix and match with others. I can tell you for a fact that this is a winning menu. You make this for anyone and they will be impressed. If you are completely inept, I suggest you make these all for yourself as a test run. After all, you are making the effort and you most definitely deserve it!