How to Cook a Romantic Breakfast
When did you and your mate last have breakfast in bed together? Exactly! No time, no opportunity, no ideas. You don’t have to go away from home-or spend a fortune-to have a romantic breakfast. Plan ahead if you have children. Book them into granny’s for the night; that way you can have a romantic dinner for two as well! If you want to rediscover the passion and romance in your relationship, or simply want to express your feelings, try a little culinary communication.
A Little of What You Fancy Does You GoodQuestion: What are you going to choose: Foods regarded as aphrodisiacs, traditional breakfast served in bed, something extravagant or out of the ordinary, a bowl of fruit served with champagne and a single red rose?
Answer: Whatever you want to! It’s your romance.If the breakfast is shared by two people who treat each other with love and consideration, it will be romantic anyway. Prepare what you (both) fancy to eat and drink because that will be what’s right for you. Here are a few suggestions to choose from.
Breakfast OneOysters are well known as food for lovers. Some say they should be eaten raw from the shell and swallowed whole, others, that they should be chewed. No point deliberating on this if you don’t like raw oysters! Try cooking them instead.Once scrubbed and prepared the oysters can be popped under a hot grill for 3-4 minutes (in their shells) then topped with a dollop of cream and a few shavings of cheese to finish off. Try serving the oysters on a platter with wafer-thin rolls of smoked salmon, wrapped around cream cheese and sprinkled with lemon juice and cayenne pepper (red in colour and a stimulant, apparently!) Half a dozen scallops, lightly poached for about 4 minutes in 50mls of vermouth, add extra naughtiness.
Breakfast TwoDevilled kidneys are just the job to add a little spicy sauce to your romantic winter breakfast. Allow 2 kidneys each as part of a cooked breakfast with a difference.
- 4 lambs’ kidneys
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Half a teaspoon anchovy essence
- Cayenne pepper
MethodClean and halve the kidneys without separating them completely. Blend all ingredients together, except the butter, to make the sauce. Adjust to your taste.Wipe a little butter over each kidney and fry in a pan for about 3 minutes or grill for slightly longer.Arrange them in a warmed flameproof serving dish and pour the sauce over them, then, pop back under the grill for a minute.Lightly scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and grilled tomatoes complete this dish well.
Breakfast ThreeKedgeree is made with cooked smoked haddock, eggs, rice and cream. The addition of fiery red cayenne pepper and juice of fresh limes gives it an exotic bite.
- 1 hard-boiled egg
- 1 beaten egg
- 225g cooked, smoked haddock fillets
- 100g cooked long grain rice
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 10g unsalted butter
- 150mls single cream
- Cayenne pepper and nutmeg
- 1 lime