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The dinner date
Kootenay Ice players were recently tasked with putting on the chef’s hat and cooking up a storm for Mount Baker Secondary’s Iron Chef competition. This competition, with these players all being of a certain age, reminded me of some cooking advice I received way-back-when that still stands up today. After all, when most of us are at their age dating was high on the list of priorities but for many of us, our skill levels (in many things) were woefully wanting.
Apparently, some of those players actually know how to cook already, so they are ahead of the game. As everyone does not have the dating prospects of a hockey star, following the steps below should help in finding that special someone.
This advice was delivered by an individual who considered himself a fairly poor chef, but a great dater. His theory was that in order to impress your date, (male or female—these steps work for either gender) you only had to know how to cook three things. These three things can be up to you, but if you follow the basic food genres, then according to him, anyway, you could not fail to wow and if lucky, break through some early dating pretense.
The first meal.
At this point you are still getting to know each other. In this stage, most of what you will be saying to each other will be things that have very little chance of branding you as weird. The relationship at this stage is sort of like a TV commercial. It is very “on the surface” and well, kind of lame. To reflect that you want to prepare a meal that resembles all the things that TV tells us is healthy and eaten by active, happy, good-looking people.
For this, a salad is best—no, not a green salad. Feel shame if you even considered that.
The salad you create will have certain key ingredients like avocados, pine nuts and warm quinoa (pronounced keen-wa—if you say kwin-o-ah, your date will forevermore have pity lurking behind their eyes when they look at you). Just Google “warm quinoa salad” and you will be inundated with dishes that are super-healthy and a little tasteless in exactly the way you need. Great conversation is what this meal is really all about and these bowls of semi-unique, non-offensive blandness bring talking centre-stage.
The second meal.
Assuming everything went well in meal one, your second meal should show a little more education and a bit of interactivity. Variations on a California roll is a great choice for this. Vietnamese spring rolls are another option. For both of those suggestions, you can lay out a huge assortment of fillings and you can both chop, roll, sprinkle and create as you see fit. Conversation occurs between tidbits that are really tasty and—provided you practiced first—you can come off looking very impressive indeed. You have the chance to come out like a culinary god in this meal, all the time possessing little or no actual skill.
Remember, this is the third time you have cooked for your date, not your third date. If this is your third date and all you have done is cook, the person you are trying to have a relationship with will be pretty sure you are either an agoraphobic or very unimaginative when it comes to dating. Both of those are bad for you. Don’t do that.
In any case, this is where the gloves come off. For this meal, learn how to prepare, (and practice) your favourite comfort food. Whether it is roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, Mac ‘n cheese, or even Hot Pockets, now is the time to unleash this cholesterol-laden gustatory triumph—and do it with zeal. Finish it off with pie. You see, by now you have (or should have) been on a number of dates and obviously enjoy each other’s company. If you have made it this far, it is time to drop any pretense and gorge away. If the person you are dating doesn’t dig in with a smile, you are, on a deep, deep level, incompatible and they have probably only stuck with you this long to get at your stamp collection.
Of course, food may not be the only way to win someone’s heart, but it sure doesn’t hurt. The only dangers with following this method may be that you become the chief cook, or the person you are dating doesn’t call you any more. No guarantees here.
Finally, congratulations to the Kootenay Ice’s Team Guy Fieri in the MBSS Iron Chef competition. It is a rare young man (or men) that is tough enough to challenge the kitchen.