Hello to all... I know this question has been posed in a zillion ways, but hopefully it won't offend...
I'm having the B-I-P (boy-in-progress... not boyfriend, but not seeing others... my term) over for dinner on Tuesday. I want to impress, no, knock his socks off. He loves food and cooking, but I feel like given his restaurant choices thus far, that I can blow what he conceives of as good food away.
Some info... He's British, unfortunately allergic to shellfish (my favorite), doesn't have too many dislikes... My allergies I will deal with altering for myself.
I had originally planned on making Tikka Masala... Chicken for him, and either chicken or veggie for me. If I go this route, I'm not sure what I want to make to go with it. Was thinking about some form of Saag... and probably rice... Any suggestions for nice complimentary menus?
My other thought was not to go *all out* on the first meal. Something simple but classic instead. Then I can go more complex next time, and not set the bar too high. :) Roasted chicken, probably over roasted veggies and potatoes. Maybe a nice salad and a homemade loaf of bread? The bread and potatoes sound like too much starch, but I know he's a meat and potatoes guy.
I'm usually not indecisive like this when cooking for boys. My mind seems to keep going blank when I try to access my arsenal of proven dishes. Nothing I normally make sounds good enough to me. I want to make a meal that I feel good about, as I don't want to impart nerves to the food. He'll surely be polite, whatever I serve, but I want to make him go ohmygod-this-is-brilliant, and to still be thinking of the meal days later...
Help me curl his... taste buds! TIA!