4 Delicious Ingredients You Need to Cook With on Date Night

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There’s something very intimate about spending the night in with your partner. Sometimes the best date nights are the ones spent together in the kitchen, cooking up a meal to share over a candle lit table, or curled up with a blanket on the couch in front of a movie. Even if you’re new to cooking, there are plenty of easy recipes you can master to impress your significant other on your next date night.


Potatoes are flexible and filling

The best thing about potatoes (apart from how yummy they are!) is there’s so many ways to prepare them. Baked, mashed, fried, roasted, potatoes are an easy ingredient to work with. Plus, despite their reputation, potatoes can be surprisingly healthy, offering immunity boosting vitamin C, fiber, and potassium for lowering blood pressure.


Recipe idea: Mini Potato Dauphinoise

This potato muffin recipe is super easy and are the perfect accompaniment to a roast dinner.



  • 6 large boiled potatoes, thinly sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • ½ cup creme fraiche or sour cream

  • ⅓ cup grated emmenthaler cheese

  • 55g butter

  • Freshly grated nutmeg

  • Salt

  • Pepper



  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

  2. Using half the butter, grease a 12 hole muffin tin.

  3. Arrange the potatoes in the holes, stacked in layers and season every layer with garlic, salt and pepper. Continue until all the potatoes have been used.

  4. Stir the creme fraiche with a wooden spoon until thin, then place a spoonful on top of the potatoes.

  5. Sprinkle grated cheese on top, followed by flecks of the remaining butter.

  6. Grate some nutmeg on top and bake for 30 minutes.

Or for a nutritious, full vegetarian meal, check out this baked sweet potato recipe, topped with delicious roasted chickpeas and garlic herb sauce, with a fresh and healthy parsley-tomato salad.

Nothing says “I love you” like stuffed mushrooms

Another versatile ingredient for you to add to your date night menu is mushrooms. There’s so many ways mushrooms can be added to your meals - from raw in salads, to sauteed in a pasta dish, or on top or a pizza, and they come in heaps of different shapes, sizes and colours.


Recipe idea: Spicy stuffed mushrooms


Spice up your date night with these yummy bite sized stuffed mushrooms - the perfect snack to curl up with in front the tele.



  • 12 whole medium sized mushrooms, cleaned

  • 1 tbls olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 200g cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated

  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

  • ¼ tsp onion powder

  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper



  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Break off mushroom stems and chop them finely.

  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic and mushroom stems, cooking until there’s no moisture remaining. Allow to cool.

  3. Once the mixture is cool, stir in the cream cheese, parmesan, black and cayenne pepper. Using a teaspoon, fill each mushroom cap with stuffing and arrange on the baking tray.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes.


Salmon is an instant pleaser

It’s possible to recreate a romantic seafood dinner for two at home using salmon. Salmon fillets are super easy to cook, either by pan frying in oil or butter for a few minutes, or baked in the oven.


Recipe idea: Herb roasted salmon and potato


  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 1 ½ tbls sea salt

  • 1kg fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise

  • 3 tbls extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 x 170g salmon fillets

  • Salt

  • 2 tarragon sprigs, finely chopped

  • ¼ bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

  • 8 basil leaves, finely chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped



  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Combine lemon zest and sea salt into a small bowl.

  2. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet with black pepper and 2 tbls olive oil. Roast for 25 minutes, then add the lemon mixture. Return to oven and roast until potatoes are golden and tender.

  3. Meanwhile, season the salmon with salt and pepper. Combine tarragon, parsley, basil, garlic and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl. Spread the mixture over the salmon and place in a baking dish. Roast for 10 minutes. Once removed from oven, cover with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Or for a salmon dish that’s a little more exotic, why not treat your partner to this sticky honey garlic salmon recipe.


Creme fraiche is your go-to dessert

You can’t have date night without an indulging dessert. If the thought of putting together a desert scares you, don’t fear, creme fraiche is here to save you. Creme fraiche is a rich, french-style soured cream that’s easy to use - it won’t curdle at high temperatures and goes perfectly with anything from fruit and chocolate, to pancakes.


Recipe idea: Coconut pancakes with caramel and banana

There’s no need to break out the packet pancake batter, making your own pancakes at home is a lot simpler than you’d think. This recipe creates fluffy and decadent pancakes that are sure to win over anyone’s heart.



  • 4 eggs, separated

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 cup plain flour, sifted

  • 1 tsp baking powder, sifted

  • 3 bananas

  • Melted butter

  • Creme fraiche

  • Shredded coconut


Caramel sauce:

  • 50g butter

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 3 tbls golden syrup

  • 150ml thickened cream

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



  1. Stir the caramel sauce ingredients in a pan over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Summer for another 5 minutes until thick, then set aside.

  2. Place yolks, coconut milk and a pinch of salt in a bowl, whisking to combine. Add in the flour and baking powder. Mash 1 banana and fold in. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites into stiff peaks, then fold into the batter.

  3. Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat and brush with butter. Spoon batter into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Each pancake should be 1 tablespoon in size.

  4. Slice the rest of the bananas. Arrange the pancakes in stacks, alternating with banana slices and creme fraiche. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the stacks and sprinkle with coconut.


Start preparing your next romantic night

Winter is the perfect time to plan an at-home date night. Rather than heading out into the cold for dinner, stay in and cook up a special feast to share with your lover using these easy to work with ingredients.

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