Good Food Blog
Hold the cheesePosted at 10:35AM, 12 February 2010 by Andrea McGinniss - Editor, bbcgoodfood.com
Valentine's Day makes me cringe. And I don't think it's just because I'm single. Those red foil balloons, slightly wilted red roses, cheap chocolates and nudge nudge wink wink cards make me want to go into hiding. And don't talk to me about restaurants: rows upon rows of tables for two, one paltry tea light in the middle and couples canoodling just because they're meant to? I'd rather eat my own teeth.
If pigs flew and I did happen to be coupled up I'd like to think the Clooney-alike and I would treat this Valentine's Day like any other Sunday - get the newspapers in, have a long boozy lunch and an early night. It would be all the better if he cooked the aforementioned meal. And, according to new research from Morrisons, it seems I'm not the only one who would forego the public displays of atrociousness and rather stay home instead. Dining in is the dining out.
It seems I'm not the only one who would forego the public displays of atrociousness and rather stay home instead
According to the research 62 per cent of British couples will cook their romantic meal at home, the majority will be men, and they'll cook something classic. It's out with the scallops and salmon en croute and in with the soup and lasagne.
And why are we choosing to dine at home? 49 per cent say because it's more special to do so, rather than the 21 per cent who admit it's because it's cheaper. To set the mood it's in with the candles (52 per cent), and the pretty petals (40 per cent) and out with the kids (24 per cent cart them elsewhere).
And turn offs? I would cite bright lights and a Kenny G soundtrack as mine, but as a nation, the research indicates bad table manners, mother cooking the meal and being cooked something everyday, such as a stir fry, are big no-nos.
How about you? Will you be staying in, going out for a Valentine's meal or, like me, going for dumplings and dim sum to celebrate Chinese New Year instead? And what your fantasy Valentine's meal? We've got lots of ideas here.