Kitchen Date Night: Romance When The Babysitter Isn’t Available

by Hannah

If you’re busy parents; it can be a challenge to find the free time to spend with one-another and catch up on how you’ve been. Finding a babysitter isn’t always possible, and money and routines might be tight, especially if your kids have started, or are now back to school. However, it’s crucial to the success of the relationship with your other half to make an effort to enjoy their company, and have some child-free time. Food is the perfect way to show someone how much you love and care for them, and you can treat your spouse to a date night in your own home. Forget about expensive restaurant meals, trips to the theatre, or an overpriced cocktail lounge; your kitchen and dining space will provide a dreamy location for you to chat, reminisce and enjoy your culinary delights together.

Whether you pick a Friday or Saturday night, or you go rogue on a weekday evening, to enjoy your stay-at-home date; ask for some help in getting the kids bathed and ready for bed, ensure you’ve done the right prep and planning, and cook up a feast. The following are some tips and ideas for those who want to create the perfect date night for their spouse, where the focus in on the food, and more importantly, the company.

Your Best Dish

Although you’ll want the cooking side of things to go as smoothly as possible on the night; you don’t want to serve your beloved something that you are always eating together as a family. You’ll want to make the night a little more special by making something new or putting a twist on their favorite cuisine. Think about simple dishes or regional food that you both enjoy eating; perhaps Italian or Greek is the running theme throughout the night, and each dish complements the next. You don’t have to become a master chef; just put as much effort into the meal as possible so that you’d happily pay for the food in a restaurant. Make it extra special with added thought and attention. Whether you look into different types of coffee or check out the best bottle of wine in your budget; these are the things that can add finesse to your kitchen or dining room date.

Look The part

Serve your food so that it looks appealing and your loved one will be excited to dive into the meal. If you’re heading in the paella direction, you could invest in a paella dish that will look great as the table centrepiece. The same goes for any specific cuisines; tagines, balti dishes, and ramen dishes will all add the touch of a restaurant to your date night, and you’ll be able to utilise them in the future. Take your side dishes into consideration also; rice, pasta, and potatoes will look great in a decorative bowl or in your best serveware. For a more formal feeling to your meal; plate everything up at the kitchen counter, before bringing it over to your spouse and beginning your evening together.

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