Any romantic dinner menu suggestions?
My husband and I will be celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary this Sunday (and actually 5 years as a couple Saturday). We will probably be staying in all weekend because we've got a very young kitten now that needs bottle fed every 2-3 hours.
Anyway,we are planning to make a nice romantic meal together. I'd love to try out a new recipe.It doesn't matter to me at all how long it takes to cook,because we'll already be spending the whole day here.So if it's an all day experience making the meal,that's absolutely fine. Just looking for something really nice for us to make together.
Thanks so much for the suggestions!
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Since you all gave me so much to go on,I wanted to tell you the menu we decided on.
Caprese salad (we both love caprese,so thank you to the person who suggested it)
Warm goat cheese with crusty bread
Scallops and Shrimp over Linguine with baked feta:
And Peanutbutter Pie bites for dessert:
Thanks for all the anniversary wishes and good wishes to our kitties too. You guys are great!
This is a tough one because the only person that knows his and your tastes best is you. But for the fun of it, I want to share the first thing that comes to my mind; a Brazilian meal I cooked for my hubby (way back when we were first dating)-- moqueca do camarao.
It is a shrimp and coconut milk stew that is flavored with dende (palm) oil, which also turns it a gorgeous bright red color. It was served with toasted cashew couscous...and for dessert, pineapple ice cream topped with stewed pumpkin. The recipes were from a beautiful aphrodisiac cookbook I picked up in Brazil. I wish I was at home so I could post a picture.
Also making pasta is such a sensuous activity.......
Two 2lb. fresh lobsters
In a pot large enough to hold them, fill pot with water.
Add 1Bay leaf, 2 Star Anise, 2t. sea salt, 10 black pepper corns.
Bring to a hard boil. Plunge lobsters in head first (remove rubber bands prior to cooking) and cover. Boil for 7 min.
Remove from pot and plunge into cold water to stop cooking. Split lobsters lengthwise and remove tomally, eggs, etc. (funky stuff). Chill till ready to grill.
Melt 6 T unsalted butter. Add
1/2t. sea salt, pinch of all spice, 1/4 t. chili powder, 1-2 t. Sriracha, juice of 1/2 lime.
Heat grill to med. high
Brush butter on tail and grill meat side up for 4 min. Turn meat side down and grill 3-4 min. to mark. Turn and brush tails w/ more butter. Grill 2 min. more.
Reheat remaining butter and serve w/ lobster.
I may be leaning towards scallops as part of dinner,not sure yet. But it really sounded good!
Kitty's name is Doc. I'll post a picture :)
We also have two other wonderful kitties, Herbert (my profile picture) and Roxanne (a very sweet orange kitty).
What is the kitty's name?
Appetizer: Oysters on the half shell with a spicy mignonette
Entree: Pan-seared halibut with grapefruit beurre blanc (I just posted my recipe for this sauce) with roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus or broccoli, paired with a yummy pinot grigio
Dessert: Some decadent chocolate creation, perhaps flour-less chocolate cake, a souffle, or chocolate pudding cake
I'm getting hungry reading the ideas and looking at the recipes.
Such fun planning this!
Thanks for the anniversary wishes too.
And happy anniversary to you too, Theresalwayspie!
Follow with a pasta primavera that features seasonal veggies. Summer squash, eggplant, asparagus, green beans, etc. Colorado peaches are amazing right now. Pit, peel and slice ahead of time and serve over vanilla ice cream or a fruit flavored sorbet for dessert. Easy to make and fun dishes to make together.
Congratulations on your anniversary - my husband and I are celebrating our one-year on Sunday too!
Open to more suggestions from anyone that has them.
As far as what we like, we like all kinds of food.
We both love steak and chicken, pasta and all different kinds of foods (Italian, Mexican, Chinese, you name it).
Definitely plan to make a good dessert too and have some wine.
Not many foods I'd steer clear of, but lamb, veal, walnuts, strawberries and pineapples are on that list (some for allergy reasons).
I owuld suggest choosing uncomplicated recipes (ones you have tried before, perhaps) so that your interactions in the kitchen will be more relaxed, and the event's "fun-factor" can be intensified... rather than to get stressed over putting together a complicated recipe you've never made before.