Forget Oysters On Valentines Day

Valentines Steak
Oysters, strawberries and sweet treats may be what we traditionally associate as the food of love, but the British public are far more likely to opt for a juicy steak, roast dinner or spicy curry to get in the mood, according to new research from the number 1 recipe box in the UK, HelloFresh.

Over a third of British men and a quarter of women are planning a romantic night in with their partner this Valentine’s Day, as couples shun busy restaurants in favour of an intimate night alone. When it comes to the menu, the most popular dish to cook up on date night is a steak, with 35% of survey respondents saying that recreating the restaurant classic at home is the perfect recipe for a night of passion.

A full roast dinner is the second most popular choice, with two in ten (22%) respondents saying the traditional British meal is the best way to seduce their other half. It’s well-known that spicy food can act as an aphrodisiac, so it’s no surprise that 17% of those surveyed reported that a curry is their go-to dish when cooking up a night of romance.

HelloFresh believe that food and love go hand-in-hand at any time of the year, so it’s no surprise that seven in ten people prefer being cooked for on a date night, rather than being taken out for dinner....and it's the good old British classics that are the clear winners on the kitchen front. 

According to the HelloFresh poll of 1,500 adults, an astonishing two-thirds of British women believe that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Surprisingly, however, only a third of men believe they can cook their way into the bedroom.

“Recipe boxes are a great solution for Valentine’s cooks looking to impress without stress,” says Patrick Drake, Co-founder and Head Chef at HelloFresh. “A box of ingredients delivered to your door can help to take the pressure off, giving you more quality time together. The way to a partner’s heart really is through their stomach.” However beware the curse of the full stomach. Of those surveyed, nearly a quarter said that a romantic evening in had gone wrong, with eating 'too much' reported to be the most common reason...or in my case falling asleep in front of the TV after eating too much!

Have a great foodie Valentines Day!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for HelloFresh. All thoughts are my own.
Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)

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