As you may remember, in addition to being a Food Writer, I’m also a Relationship Writer for Engagement 101 Magazine. Over the past four years, I’ve focused on cover stories regarding engagement party planning, proposal trends and ring styles, but in this month’s issue I got to bring my culinary flair to an article entitled La Cuisine de L’amour (on newsstands now!). I’m so excited to share some of the original recipes I created for them, all of which fall under various categories such as: Cooking for Your Man, Cooking for Your Lady, Introducing Your Parents To Each Other and an Informal Engagement Party at Home.
Here is the excerpt and recipe I wrote for my Greek Coddess recipe in Engagement 101 Magazine. Feel free to clip it out for the man in your life!
Attention Guys: Cooking for Your Lady
First of all, any man who gets himself into the kitchen is automatically considered sexy. Your lucky lady will truly appreciate this heartfelt effort no matter how good the food turns out. One rule of thumb when doing almost anything for the woman in your life: Just like with a baseball or golf swing, remember to follow through. While preparing dinner, clean up as you go to avoid leaving her with a mess. You want her to end the night with you, not a pile of dirty dishes.
Set the tone with unscented candles to signify a relaxing evening. Flickering flames are a natural stress reliever, encouraging you to take things slowly, see each other in a softer light and unwind. Before you serve the meal, pour your sweetheart a glass of wine and pamper her with a gentle shoulder rub to add a little romance.
If you want any action in the bedroom later, it’s best to steer clear of rich, creamy sauces or heavy meats that will make her feel sleepy or weighed down. This light, elegant dish requires only a few, easy to follow steps, yet tastes so complex you’ll be guaranteed to ‘wow’ her.
Flaky cod fillets are bathed in a savory Greek marinade and married with plump heart-shaped tomatoes, tangy kalamata olives and thinly sliced red onions that maintain a slight crunch once baked. She’ll be telling her friends about you for weeks.
1 lb cod fillets
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon oregano
Pinch of pepper to taste
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup pitted kalamata olives in brine
1 package steam-in-the-bag spinach
1 package steam-in-the bag brown rice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cod fillets in an oven safe dish.
Thinly slice red onion and place over the cod.
Cut tomatoes in half and lay them face up around the perimeter of the fish.
Don’t they look like little hearts?
Top with kalamata olives in the center.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.
Pour marinade over entire dish.
Cover with foil and bake for about 50 minutes, until cod is flaky and cooked through.
While fish is baking, prepare spinach and rice according to directions.
Remove dish from oven.
Sprinkle feta cheese over top.
Eat and enjoy over spinach and brown rice!
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