Those of you in relationships, do you make time every week or month for a date night?
Mr OneBigStressball and I have tried to have a date night every single week for almost as long as we’ve been in a relationship – it is something that I am adamant about, and, if out of the 7 nights of the week we cannot find one where we do something a little bit different for one another, I am known to be rather upset about it.
Why do I think it’s so important?
Quite simply, I do not want to be sucked into a dull, monotonous life of work, eat, sleep and repeat, with my boyfriend a mere shadow who just happens to be sharing in my journey.
I do not want my days and weeks to blur into one, with nothing to look forward to but distant holidays and future plans.
Unfortunately though, we happen to be one of the most frugal couples we know, so going out for dinner and a movie every week (ideal and foolproof date night idea by the way) soon became something that we would worry about rather than enjoy.
(I don’t know about where you live, but cinema tickets where we live right now are extortionate!)
We ended up spending a heck ton of money every single week, and this continued even after we stopped going to the cinema, because restaurants here aren’t exactly cheap either, so we had to brainstorm new ideas for something we could do once a week that wouldn’t break the bank.
Then he came up with a brilliant idea. Why not, instead of going out to a restaurant every week and spending almost £50 each time, take it in turns to pick a country, cook the cuisine that that country is known for, buy in some of its local beverages, and have the other person guess what type of food they’re eating?
We’ve trialed the idea for a couple of months now, and it has been incredible.
With only our tastebuds, we have travelled from Greece, to France, to India, and even Sweden, and it’s so fun to try and get the other person to guess the cuisine without giving it away too much!
It has become a sort of ritual for us. I like excitement in my life, but I am also a massive creature of habit, so I really enjoy taking time on Sunday evenings to do a weekly food shop with Mr OneBigSressball, and it is during this time that we decide what day we both have available during the upcoming week to spend together. One person then gets to work researching a nice recipe to cook, while the other has an evening to look forward to where they don’t need to worry about dinner. The next week, the process repeats itself but with the other person. It’s a win-win really!
(FYI, Swedish meatballs is a really good recipe to make- it’s super easy and you can change it around to suit your tastes!)
And, if you’re not in a relationship, it’s a great idea for having friends round for dinner as well!
I, for one, can’t wait for the more obvious countries to be used up and see what obscure dishes we’ll be able to come up with!
What do you like to cook?
Do you do date night with your loved one?
Happy Sunday guys!