Cooking a romantic meal takes preparation and planning to make the evening absolutely perfect. Everyone has heard the romantic stories and seen the scenes in many romance movies, of the significant other lovingly planning out a romantic night beginning with a meal by candle light, a sensuous desert, a center piece of a dozen roses, and a trail of petals leading to the bedroom for an evening of love. These simple testaments of love seem like something from a fairy tale, however it isn’t hard to do and your significant other would be swept away on a night created especially for them by you.
How to Begin
The first step in creating a sensuously romantic meal that will surprise your lovey is to create a game plan. If it helps you can create a list of what you need to set up your perfect night, including candles, table cloth, center piece, food for the special meal, etc. This will keep you organized and prepared as you take on the task. This list can also contain a grocery list for ingredients as well as the material items you need that you can easily carry with you to the store the night before or the day of the special night.
The next thing you want to do, of course, is to decide on the meal you want to prepare. Are you going to begin with a salad or a soup? What will you be serving as your main course as well as sides? Is desert on the menu and will you be making it yourself or purchasing it? Will you be serving wine or champagne? These are all questions you need to ask yourself. You also want to keep in mind your partner’s allergies, likes and dislikes, and dietary preferences, you don’t want to feed him or her steak if they are a vegan. You may also want to consider testing out some of the recipes before your special evening, especially if it is something you have never made before.
When cooking the meal itself you want to only use the highest quality of ingredients, this is meant to be a special night and should be made with only the best of the best for the one you love. Keep in mind that when you buy high quality ingredients that you are looking for freshness and not just a high price tag. You also need to ensure you have enough time to cook the meal, it is best to err on the side of caution and plan out about 20 to 30 minutes of extra time just in case you have a problem that needs to be corrected while cooking or for prep time to ensure you ingredients are ready before starting to cook. If for any reason one dish is finished before the others, be sure to cover your dish to keep it warm.
Presentation is the final step in this elaborately planned meal. You want to arrange the food on the plate exactly how you see it in your mind. You also want to set the table with your nice tablecloth and placemats, use your best china and glasses, and light some candles. Set the mood with a center piece of flowers and play music that you both like. One idea would be to buy extra flowers and scatter the petals over the table before setting to add a little extra special. If you follow this guide you will have a flawless night of romance ahead of you.