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Recipes romantic dinner | SA Men

·       6 tablespoons olive oil ·       350g Italian sausage - casings removed Directions Pasta - Cook the pasta according to the package directions, reserving ½ cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Pesto - Combine the parsley, pecans, Parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a food processor until finely chopped. With the machine running, add 5 tablespoons of the oil and process until smooth. Sausage - Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until brown and then break it up with a spoon - 6 to 8 minutes. Combine - Add the pesto, sausage, and ¼ cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and toss to coat (adding more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce). Sprinkle with parmesan and serve. Source Dreamy Desserts

  1. Hot Chocolate Souffle

What could be better than a Hot Chocolate Souffle on a freezing winter’s night? Check out this recipe and get ready to score some serious bonus points with the lady! Serves 6 (rather make the extra instead of cutting ingredients on this one) Ingredients ·       Unsalted butter, for greasing ·       125 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped ·       2 tsp dark rum (optional) ·       2 tbsp crème fraîche ·       4 eggs, separated, plus 2 egg white ·       Pinch of salt ·       Icing sugar, for dusting Directions Preheat the oven to 200°C and grease six ramekin dishes. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir in the rum, if using. Remove from the heat and add the crème fraîche, then the egg yolks. In a large, clean, dry bowl, whisk all the egg whites and the salt to soft peaks. Fold one-quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the remaining whites. Fill the prepared ramekins to the top and place on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately in glasses (not beer glasses, rather use large wine glasses). When serving the soufflés at the table, drop an ice-cream ball into each soufflé. (Recipe from Chocolat by Eric Lanlard)

  1. Raspberry Pavlova

After a delicious meal, this Raspberry Pavlova will bring the evening to a triumphant climax with the sweet flavours of fresh raspberries, cream and delicious meringue. Serves 4 to 6 (make the extra instead of cutting out the ingredients) Ingredients ·       3 large eggs ·       175 g caster sugar ·       275 ml whipping cream ·       200 g raspberry yoghurt ·       Fresh raspberries ·       Icing sugar Directions Take a clean bowl and whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and then gradually add the caster sugar, continuing to whisk. Preheat the oven to 140°C and Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper. Spoon the meringue in blobs onto the prepared baking tray. Bake for approximately 40 minutes to one hour. If you can, leave the meringues in the oven overnight to completely dry out. Whip the cream with the yoghurt and place on top of the meringues, decorate with fresh raspberries and add a light dusting of icing sugar. Serve immediately. Source Rachel’s Organic.  If you’ve taken on the challenge to cook for a lady on your first date, first of all, hats off to you! Secondly, these recipes are sophisticated, quick, and easy enough to ensure you create a masterpiece on her plate as well as a lasting first impression! Stick to the recipes and you’ll be fine!