How to look hot in the kitchen

Planning a hot date this Valentine’s? Avoid kitchen disasters and stay looking slick with our tips on cooking with style...

Oysters
Whether you're pulling out all the stops this Valentine's Day or keeping things casually cool, we have tips for impressing your guest, as you show them what you've got in the kitchen... 

Cheese fondueEasy like Sunday morning

Your date wants to see you and not a fired up Michellin chef, yes? As Bridget Jones proved, you can dish up blue soup and marmalade and still win hearts all over town – the main thing is to keep your cool even if things don’t go your way. If you don’t feel confident showing off your skills then stick to something special but simple like this really easy cheese fondue. Plus, we have plenty more easy Valentine’s recipes so you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to wow them. You can thank us later…
 

Shaken not stirred 

Take the time to find out your date’s favourite drink, then give a classic a special twist, from beautiful beer cocktails (and we don’t mean a pint of snakebite) to 10 gin and tonics with a difference, we have everything you’ll need in our cocktails and drinks section. Want to keep things classic? Try your hand at a cool cosmopolitan, crisp martini or a vodka-based flirtini - you’ll be flaring like a young Tom Cruise in no time.
 

Flambé!

There’s nothing like a (safe) flash of fire to impress your beau. Make sure you stick to the booze specified in the recipe, and that you stand at a safe distance – the singed eyebrow look is hard to pull off. From a simple starter of vodka-flamed chorizo to flambéed chicken with asparagus, followed by a beautifully golden pear tarte tatin – we have lots of recipes for you to test your skills on.
 

On a knife's edge... 

Practice your knife skills with our expert video guide and you could be pulling off that casually dangerous look in no time – position your chopping board well within your date's eyeline so your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. That said, there’s nothing sexy about a trip to A&E, so make sure you stay within your limitations.
 

Stop the snaps

No one loves a foodie Instragram snap more than us, but watching you play with the lighting and frantically search for an oyster emoji is going to be more than a tad tiresome for your date. We say keep the phones off!
 

OystersChoose your ingredients carefully

When it comes to potent breath it’s not just garlic you need to worry about. Nothing will turn you a shade of Valentine's red faster than a piece of spinach caught between the teeth – it's safest to avoid that sticky ingredient at all costs on date night. Oysters may be another classic but make sure your date is a shellfish fan, otherwise they could be in for a long night. In summary - make sure you do your research. 

Have you got any tips for a top Valentine's night? Or maybe a disaster story to share? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below...

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