Cooking is the Best Date Night Idea Ever!
It’s Friday afternoon and my wife and I are tired. A week that seemed a month-long in San Francisco’s constant overworked burn culture tries its best to shake our spirit but still, we have enough energy to bring joy into the weekend.
Sure, it’s easy and convenient to go out, eat, and have a couple of cocktails while people-watching the weirdoes in our weird city.
Did we do that? No!
Sure it’s easy to order takeout at your local, over-dined, and friendly neighborhood restaurant and binge-watch Netflix.
Did we do that? No!
We opted to work some more, but of a different kind.
I grab a few ingredients from the poor man’s Whole Foods. The selection at Trader Joe’s is always top-notch, and many take notice, especially in San Francisco where the hoards of people gather like a Grateful Dead concert except the drug of choice is more organic and gluten-free.
So we got our ingredients, a bottle of cheap wine because after a few drinks who cares.
We started to head home. The bus is redolent with the smell of whiskey, rain, and jet-fueled cannabis, but it was welcomed because we get to enjoy the primal art of cooking with fire.
We got back to the apartment like two teenagers eager to play Minecraft but opted for the kitchen instead. We seasoned our produce and began frying, baking, and grilling up a storm.
She got a nice thick-cut New York Steak, and I got a beautifully marbled lamb chop.
We used a cast-iron pan, and made sure the temp was high before coating it in ghee. Clarified butter has a high smoke point, so we don’t worry too much about burning our delicate meat.
Once the pan reached an optimum temperature, we gently placed our meat into the pan. We got a nice sear on both sides and placed the meats in the oven.
For us, cooking is foremost about expression, and with the food, we are able to show our love in action.
It takes time, creativity, short bursts of sacrifice, and a little magic to create culinary artistry. We trade our most valuable commodity, “time,” in order to make something for each other.
Cooking is also a challenge.
Let me explain.
There are few things in life where you can obtain instant feedback.
With Cooking, it’s simple.
Does it taste good or not?
So with this, I say, cook more, cook with others, open a bottle of wine, light some candles, play some music, and let the kitchen be your playground as you bring soul, passion, and love for delicious dishes that embed themselves in the memories of those we hold most dear.