Prefer to stay in tonight and impress your significant other with a fabulous romantic dinner at home? We’ve got it covered! Cocktails, starters, main courses and desserts – read on to discover some ideas for dishes that you and your 50+ date or partner (that you met on a senior dating site or elsewhere) will surely love. And don’t worry, these recipes are easy to prepare we promise!
So play some sensual music, light some candles and prepare to look the best for your date to create the perfect romantic ambiance. Bon appétit!
What to drink
Let’s start with the most important, the drinks! Whether you prefer Champagne or Prosecco, bubbles are always a favourite when it comes to setting a romantic atmosphere. But if you’re going for something a bit more original, you could try this recipe instead:
Recipe for a pimped-up Prosecco (or Champagne)
Your shopping list:
- 1 clementine / lime / pomegranate juice / passionfruit / grapefruit
- Blackcurrant / raspberry / peach cordial
- 1 bottle of Prosecco or Champagne
- Start by placing your flutes in the freezer for about an hour before your date arrives so that they are perfectly cold when served.
- When your significant other has arrived, you can either squeeze the fruit juice into the cold glasses or add cordial (about 10 ml for 90 ml of Prosecco/Champagne), before adding Prosecco or Champagne.
- Add raspberries, blackberries or blueberries to make your drinks look even more amazing.
If you want to make a great impression, then you need to serve a starter.
Oysters are a classic. You can either enjoy them with just a bit of lemon and bread, as a starter, or as a main course mixed in to a platter with other seafood (prawns, crab, salmon, shellfish, etc.). This always looks quite impressive! Just make sure, of course, that your soul mate loves seafood as much as you do!
Not a huge fan of oysters? Bruschetta is another delicious option. They are so easy to make and always a success! If you want to change slightly from the tomato/olive oil/basil and garlic classic, give this recipe of lemony prawn bruschetta a try.
For the main course, you need something special to match the occasion and mouth-watering enough to amaze your senior date. As everyone’s tastes are unique, we’ve selected a few fabulous recipes to ensure that you’ll find something to please your palate.
The following is our selection of the most romantic main courses that everyone (even novices!) can make:
First, it’s elegant and it looks nice on the plate. Second, it’s full of amazing flavours: caramelised fennel, red chili, lemon, sea salt and black pepper. Additionally, you don’t need too many ingredients with this one and preparation is really easy. Enjoy this dish with potatoes, vegetables or rice.
This traditional French meal requires quite a few ingredients but it’s not as difficult as you might think. In fact, it takes just 15 minutes to prepare and the result is well worth the effort!
If just thinking about this one makes your mouth water, then it’s probably the recipe for you. The truffle oil and salmon lend this meal an air of sophistication, but it’s actually quite simple to cook. Definitely a dish that your date won’t forget for a while!
Making your own sushi is not that hard. It’s true that it requires a bit of effort to find the right ingredients and tools. It also takes a fair amount of time to prepare (40 min), but the results are worth the hard work. On top of that, it’s also super fun to make! Accompanied with soy sauce and wasabi, you have the perfect romantic meal.
Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp
Cooking risotto is slow going and requires your full attention. However, once again, the results are so worth it! If you feel comfortable with the idea you can even prepare the meal while your date is there, allowing you both the time to enjoy some sparkling conversation while sharing a bottle of wine.
Duck Breast with Pomegranate-Citrus Glaze
Duck isn’t a dish reserved only for restaurants. You can cook it at home too, and it’s not that complicated! Additionally, there is a good chance that it’s a meat your date doesn’t eat often, making it the perfect, special romantic meal.
Chicken Tagine with Apricots, Almonds & Chickpeas
This Moroccan meal involves a little more effort than the rest and the number of ingredients involved might seem intimidating. Nevertheless, this tagine recipe is still perfectly doable, even for those who don’t cook often. The combination of flavours is not what we’re used to eating every day, which makes this meal exotic and unique.
There’s a good chance that you and your significant other have never eaten lamb this way. This dish doesn’t take too long to cook (20 min) and the recipe is easy to follow. The feta, garlic, lemon and tomato flavours make this one a real treat for the taste buds!
Perfect for vegetarians, this pasta dish cooked with pesto and sweet potatoes makes a change from the traditional carbonara and Bolognese recipes that we all know and love so well. Additionally, this particular culinary delight can be enjoyed after just half an hour of cooking.
You need to finish the meal in the best manner possible: with a sweet, delicious dessert. We’ve selected a few heavenly recipes that should seduce your date.
You can’t go wrong with chocolate. Almost everyone loves it, and chocolate is one of the most romantic foods on earth.
These truffles are so easy to make, and this time you even have the opportunity to be creative without taking risks. You can, for instance, roll your chocolate truffles in cocoa, coconut, icing sugar, crushed almonds or nuts. You can also flavour them with a liqueur of your choice.
If you’ve never made pannacotta before, you’ll quickly realise how easy it is to prepare. The vanilla flavour and the strawberry topping make this dessert romantic (and delicious) and therefore a perfect way to end a meal.
There are so many tiramisu recipes online that it’s a little complicated to choose just one. This classic dessert is easy to prepare, doesn’t require any baking and is incredibly tasty to boot!
Other ideas of romantic desserts to try include: chocolate fondue, chocolate mousse and cupcakes. Et voilà!