Something enjoyable happened at Wink’d this week. We ate dinner.
A really, really nice dinner. And then we were mentioned in A Small World’s Magazine. Afraid you can’t see it unless you’re an ASW member, so here’s what they said about us:
“The night began with a melt-in-your-mouth cheese soufflé followed by a choice of either a deliciously tender rump of lamb or risotto, which were both superbly complemented by the Malbec wine.”
We love Malbec wine. Mmmm.
“The conversation was free-flowing, which comes as no surprise given the intellectual and entrepreneurial calibre of the attendees, including Omar Karar, co-founder of ‘Wink’d‘, a website offering a new interpretation of online dating that is currently causing a stir amongst the London trend-setting crowd, and the beautiful Natasha Coote, an established personal stylist and business owner in Greater London. Conversations ranged from the intricacies of luxury watches and whether alcohol and chocolate deprivation for Lent is an achievable feat to the differing lifestyles in various European cities.”
So that was fun.
The delicious risotto and Malbec wine (did we mention we love wine?) got us thinking about one of the most romantic dates possible: cooking a meal together.
It’s sensual: You’re in a small space, touching hands, breathing in the delicate tendrils of garlic or the faint fragrance of cinnamon and spice ,brushing shoulders. It’s satisfying: You set a goal. You achieve it. You eat it. And it’s a significant bit more romantic than a movie date, since you can actuall talk to the person, rather than just staring at a screen.
Talking = important in dating. Trust us. We know.
To celebrate talking and cooking, here are some of Wink’d staff’s favourite date-night recipes:
- Pan Cooked Vegetables with Crunchy Fish – Simple to do, minimal spices (so you don’t have to buy the entire spice rack), good for those semi-vegetarian or semi-ambiguously-dietary-restricted dates. Bittman has a track record of creating amazing dishes, so you really can’t go wrong with anything of his.
- Lemon Basil Pasta – Won’t leave your breath smelling horrible, easy to do despite the bustle of four hands, and requires only FIVE ingredients. If only all things in life were this simple. ;D
- Pistachio Cranberry Brownies – Forget dinner. Do dessert. These delightful bits of chocolate can be eaten warm from the pan with a scoop of icecream and a sprinkle of shaved chocolate. Think warm, melting comfort food, sophisticated.
What do you think? What are your favourite date-night recipes? Ever cooked for a date in the past? Let us know.