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Top 5 date-night recipes

December 12, 2018

As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I’m not a whizz at cooking. I hate spending hours in the kitchen, and trying to keep three kids entertained at the same time. But sometimes the Mr and I like to have a romantic night in – a glass of wine and some kid-free time. I like to cook food that tastes great but is super quick to make (and easy on the washing-up). Here are my top 5 date-night recipe ideas.

1) Chilli-prawn linguine

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This delicious pasta only takes 10 minutes to make. Serve it with fresh pasta and it tastes amazing.


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • chilli flakes
  • fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • 1 pack raw shelled prawns (150g-165g)
  • 2 servings linguine (fresh or dried)
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Boil pasta. Did you know that the hole in the middle of your pasta spoon is the measurement for a portion?
  2. Heat oil In a frying pan. Fry the onions and garlic then add the tomatoes. Once the tomatoes have broken down a little, push the mixture to one side and fry the prawns. As soon as they turn pink, they’re ready.
  3. Mix the tomatoes and prawns together with the seasoning – chilli flakes to taste, and lots of fresh basil, salt and pepper.
  4. Serve with pasta. It goes very well with Parmesan cheese grated on top.

2) Mezze Platter

This is one of my favourite romantic night-in meals, because it doesn’t involve cooking anything!


Choose as many as you want from the following:

  • Pitta bread
  • Hummus – we like the roasted red-pepper flavour
  • Olives
  • Falafel – (the ready-made variety)
  • Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves)
  • Tzatziki
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Taramasalata
  • White anchovies in olive oil (find them at your supermarket’s deli counter)


  1. Toast the pitta bread. Cut it up and drizzle it with olive oil. Then, arrange your goodies on a large platter so it looks amazing.
  2. The great thing about a mezze platter is that it’s completely customisable. You can make it completely vegetarian (or vegan). If you’re more adventurous than I am, you can even have a go at making some calamari or chicken souvlaki to go with it.

3) Good old steak and chips

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It can cost a fortune to order steak and chips at a restaurant, but you can make it at home for a fraction of a cost – and you can cook your steak just the way you like it.


  • Two tasty steaks (we like sirloin)
  • Oven chips
  • Onion rings
  • Peas
  • Ready-made sachet of peppercorn sauce


  1. This meal is so easy it’s almost sinful. Cook your chips in the oven according to the instructions. McCain’s home chips taste great, and they’re relatively healthy, too.
  2. Bake the onion rings according to packet instructions.
  3. Boil the peas.
  4. Cook the perfect steak according to your tastes. And voila, done!

4) Haddock and Sour-Cream Gratin

This is a very lazy – and much lighter – version of a fish pie.


  • 2 haddock fillets
  • 100 ml sour cream
  • 2 tomatoes
  • fresh chives
  • olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the haddock fillets in an ovenproof dish.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the sour cream, chopped tomatoes and chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper. Add the mix to the haddock fillets.
  4. Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes.

We serve this with new potatoes and a green salad. It’s light and easy.

5) Chocolate-covered strawberries

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No date night is complete without some indulgence. This recipe is sweet, sexy and totally romantic. And, of course, it’s ridiculously easy to make.


  • Good-quality dark chocolate
  • Double cream
  • Ripe strawberries
  • Popping candy (optional)


  1. Melt the chocolate with a spoonful of double cream. You can use a double-boiler, or can microwave it on a low heat.
  2. Cover a plate in clingfilm
  3. Dip the strawberries into the melting chocolate, then put on the plate to dry
  4. If you want, you can also sprinkle a little popping candy on your dessert, so it fizzes in your mouth. Make sure you do so while you’re holding it, not while it’s on the plate.

I hope you enjoyed reading these recipes and will enjoy trying them out at home. Or perhaps you have a partner who will cook a romantic dinner for you!

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