Spicy Veggie Noodle Bowl

Serves: 2
Cooking: 35M
Total time: 35M

Ingredients:

150g noodles (I use brown rice noodles)
300g tofu, drained
40g mange tout
1 courgette, chopped
1 fresh red chilli, chopped
Handful of beans sprouts, about 30g
Handful of roasted cashews, about 40g
Handful of chopped coriander, about 30g
For the dressing
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 teaspoon of tamari
3 tablespoons of olive oil
Pinch of salt
Method:

Start by draining your tofu. Once the water is drained, place a paper towel over the top and leave something heavy on it for 20 minutes to press out any excess liquid.

Once dry, place a pan with a drizzle of olive oil on a hob to warm up, cut your tofu and courgette into small pieces and place in the warm frying pan – sautée, untouched, over a medium heat for 10 minutes, before turning and finishing on the other side for 3-4 minutes.

Cook your noodles in boiling water for 8-10 minutes, adding your mange tout in the last minute or two. Once cooked, drain and mix together with the red chilli, bean sprouts, chopped coriander, tofu and courgette.
Then make your dressing by mixing together all of the ingredients – drizzle over the noodles and give it all a good mix together. Top with more fresh chilli and roast cashews and enjoy!

How To Make Sambusa

 

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After many requests, here is the english version of “how to make sambusa” for those who dont understand Swahili. Enjoy!!!

Ingredients
– Minced beef 1kg
– Spring roll sheets (spring roll pastry) – you can buy them at the African shops, Chinese supermarket).
– Spices (2tsp of tumeric powder, 2tbsp of paprika powder, 1tbsp of ginger powder, 2-3 tbsp of curry powder, 2-3 tbsp of beef flavour broth): I love spices (I never measure) + I do not use salt 😊
– 2tbsp Garlic paste
– 2 large onions: cut into small thin pieces
– 1 bell pepper: same
– Half bag of grated carrots
– 2-3 lemons: squeeze
– Frying oil
– Flour for folding
– Coriander / parsley

Lets do this 😉
– Remove the spring roll sheets from the freezer on time (I usually take them out the night before and put them in the fridge. Then they will be defrosted the next day).
– Put the minced meat, herbs, lemon juice + garlic in a large pan. Bring this to boil
– Meanwhile, cut the onions, bell pepper and coriander / parsley.
– Clean the pieces of onions, peppers, carrots and coriander / parsley.
– Don’t forget your minced meat, stir occasionally.
– When the minced meat is cooked, put the onions + bell pepper + carrots + coriander / parsley, stir well … and let it cook for 5-8 minutes.
– Taste whether there is enough seasoning / salt. If not, add a little. I usually add cubes of broth and curry powder.
– Let the meat boil, must be dry, otherwise they will leak.
– If the meat is cooked and well, turn off the fire. Let it cool off.
– Put 5-6 scoops of flour in a bowl and add water. Stir well, it should not be too thick or thin. This is your “glue”.
– Next step = folding  YouTube link. It is a bit difficult to explain Hahaha

– Fold, fill with minced meat & fold up.
– Fry your sambusa…… Ready to eat. Enjoy 😉

Ps: You dont have to fry them all, you can keep them in the freezer.

PhotoGrid_1553258217971These are the spices I used.

I make my own garlic paste. You can grate the carrots yourself, but I prefer buying the ones that are already done.

PhotoGrid_1553258174557Some people use eggs for folding. I use flour.

 

Vegan Thai Green Curry

Serves: 4
Cooking: 45M
Total: 45M
Difficulty: easy

Ingredients:
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon of Thai green curry paste
400ml can of coconut milk
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
1 lemongrass stalk, bashed
1 tablespoon of tamari
Handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 red chilli, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
3 courgettes, cut into bite sized pieces
175g baby corn, cut into bite sized pieces
Squeeze of lemon juice
Olive oil

Method:
Start by chopping your onion and garlic and placing them in a pan over a medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Cook for 8-10 minutes until soft.

Once your onions are soft, spoon in your curry paste and stir well – cook for another few minutes before adding in your coconut milk. Bring the whole thing to the boil then add in your lemon grass, maple syrup, lemon juice, tamari, courgette and baby corn – reduce the temperature and let simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Once everything is cooked through, remove the lemon grass stalk and serve with a sprinkle of chopped basil leaves, chilli, salt and pepper.

Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

200g ground almonds
100ml maple syrup
100g dark chocolate, chopped into chips
4 tablespoons of brown rice flour (or a plain flour)
1 heaped teaspoon of bicarb
1 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted

For the raspberry sauce
300g fresh raspberries

Method:
– Pre-heat the oven to 175c, fan setting.
– Place all of your cookie ingredients (apart from the dark chocolate chips) in a food  processor and pulse until well combined. Once combined, add in the chocolate chips and give it another quick pulse to mix through.
– Scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and roll them into balls using your hands, then squash them down into cookie shapes and place onto a lined baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden.
– While they cook make the raspberry sauce. First, place all of the ingredients in a pan over a medium heat and cook for 5-10 minutes until everything is melted. Then remove the pan from heat and whizz using an electric hand mixer until smooth.

Drizzle over cookies and enjoy.

 

Crispy Fried Chicken (KFC style)

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Ingredients
– 500 grams chicken drumsticks or fillets
– oil for deep frying
– 1 egg(large)
– half tsp pepper powder
– 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
– half tsp garam masala powder
– 1 tsp paprika powder
– salt as needed
– 4 tbsp cornflour
– 1/2 to 3/4 cup bread crumbs
– 1 1/4 cup buttermilk (or 4 tbsp curd or yoghurt)

Preparation
– Pour buttermilk to a bowl or add 4 tbsp curd to a bowl and a pour 1 cup water. whisk it well with 1/4 tsp salt. Mix it well.Check if there is enough salt.
– Wash chicken and drain off all excess water. Add it to the buttermilk. Refrigerate overnight or atleast for 4 hours. This makes the chicken turn tender and soft.
– Drain the buttermilk
– Add pepper powder, ginger garlic, seasoning spice powder and red chili powder.
– Beat an egg and pour it to the bowl
– Add corn flour. Mix well. Set aside for atleast 45min
– Pick up each of these pieces and roll them in the bread crumbs.
– You can leave them in the crumbs for a while.
– Pour oil to a heavy bottom pan. Heat it.
– Drop a small portion of the wet mixture to the hot oil to check if it is hot enough. If it rises without browning then the temperature is right.
– Shake off the excess crumbs from the chicken. Drop one after the other to hot oil.
– Fry them on medium high heat till golden. If the flame is too hight, it gets browned without getting cooked inside.
– Keep stirring often until done.
– Serve fried chichen hot with ketchup or your favourite dip.
Enjoy!!!!

Jinsi ya kutengeneza Sambusa

 

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Mahitaji

  • Nyama ya kusaga 1kg
  • Viungo (2tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp ginger powder, 2tbsp paprika powder, 2tbsp curry powder, 2tbsp meat flavour stock)
  • Vitunguu 2-3 vikubwa
  • Hoho 1
  • Thomu iliyosagwa 2tbsp
  • Carrot zilizokwanguliwa 250mg (grated carrots)
  • Manda za sambusa (spring roll pastry)
  • Mafuta ya kukaangia
  • parsley/coriander (dania)
  • Limau 2-3
  • Ngano ya kufungia manda

Jinsi ya kutengeneza

  • Weka mchanyiko wa nyama, viungo, thomu, juice ya limau  kwenye sufuria kubwa. Kisha bandika jikoni.
  • Kataka vitunguu, dania na hoho vipande vidogovidogo na vyembamba. Kisha visafishe, bila kusahau carrot zako. Zichuje vizuri.
  • Usisahau kuigeuza nyama yako. Onja km imeiva
  • Mimina mchanganyiko wa vitunguu kwenye nyama. Acha ichemke kwa dakika 5-10, kisha onja kama chumvi na viungo vipo sawa. Kama ndogo ongeza. kisha acha ichemke mpaka ukavu maji. Hakikisha imekauka. Kisha zima jiko. Acha ipoe
  • Weka ngano kwenye kibakuli, weka maji, koroga ilikupata mchanganyiko *gundi*
  • Funga manda zako, jaza sambusa. Bonyeza link hapo chini kama hujui jinsi ya kufunga sambusa.
  • Linka ya YouTube —   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR9F993TiM4
  • Choma sambusa zako. Tayari Kula.
  • Unaweza kuchoma zote au ukahifadhi baadhi kwenye freezer.

 

PhotoGrid_1553258217971Baadhi ya spices nlizotumia mie. Unaweza tumia unazopenda weye mwenyewe.

PhotoGrid_1553260242844Carrot unaweza nunua zima, kisha ukazikwangua mwenyewe nyumbani. Mie nanunuaga zilizo kwanguliwa tayari.

PhotoGrid_1553258292669Pia unaweza tumia nyama ya kusanga ya kuku, binafsi napenda sambusa za nyama ya kusaga ya ng’ombe.

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Unaweza kutengeneza manda zako mwenyewe.

PhotoGrid_1553258174557Kuna wanaotumia mayai badala ya ngano kufungia sambusa zao.

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Wali wa carrot na kuku wakukaanga

Vipimo Vya Wali
– Mchele wa Basmati/Pishori – 1 kilo moja
– Vitunguu maji – 3
– Karoti – 2
– Siagi – 3 vijiko vya supu
– Kidonge cha supu (stock) – 1 kimoja
– -Chumvi – kiasi

Namna Ya Kutayarisha Na Kupika
– Osha mchele uroweke kama saa moja au mbili
– Katakata vitunguu vipande vidogodogo (chopped) weka kando.
– Kwaruza karoti (grate) weka kando.
– Tia siagi katika sufuria ya kupikia wali, weka katika moto iyayuke
– Kaanga vitunguu hadi vigeuke rangi kiasi tu.
– Tia maji kiasi ya kupikia wali, changanya na kidonge cha supu.
– Yakichemka tia mchele, koroga, funika uweke moto mdogo mdogo.
– Kabla ya maji kukauka tia karoti changanya wali kisha funika uive kama unavyopika pilau.

Vipimo Vya Kuku Wa Kukaanga
– Kuku alokatwakatwa – 1
– Kitunguu saumu(thomu/galic) na tangawizi ilosagwa – 2 vijiko vya supu
– Bizari ya mchanganyiko/garam masala – kijiko cha supu
– Mtindi/Yoghurt – 1 kijiko cha supu
– Ndimu – 1
– Chumvi – kiasi
– Mafuta ya kukaangia – kiasi

Namna Ya Kutayarisha Na Kupika
– Ukishamuosha kuku, mchuje atoke maji yote.
– Changanya viungo vyote katika kibakuli kidogo.
– Changanya pamoja na kuku kisha acha akolee viungo (marinate) kwa muda wa masaa  mawili takriban.
– Weka mafuta katika karai na kaanga kuku, akiwiva yu tayari kuliwa na wali.

Shrimp And Broccoli Stir Fry

EASY SHRIMP AND BROCCOLI STIR FRY
yield: 4 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 10 MINUTES
total time: 20 MINUTE
The easiest stir fry you will ever make in just 20 min – it doesn’t get easier (or quicker) than that! 287.3 calories.

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
24 ounces broccoli florets*
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 green onion, thinly sliced
FOR THE SAUCE

3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, cornstarch and Sriracha, if using; set aside.
2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp, and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes. Add broccoli, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 2-3 minutes.
3. Stir in soy sauce mixture until well combined and slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and green onion, if desired.

NOTES:

*24 ounces broccoli florets is equal to about 5 cups.

 

6 Quick And Easy Ways To Enjoy Avocado

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be thrilled to learn that avocado and sugar are a great combination; and if you’re not, salt goes just as well with avocado!

Having recently decided to start eating more cleanly, I have found avocados to be one of my favorite healthy treats. Not only are they good for your physical health, but they also benefit your eyesight and hair growth.

Most of the time, I enjoy eating avocados on their own. However, I have also discovered six other ways that avocado lovers like myself can enjoy them.

1. With salt or sugar

avocado

Add some sugar if you have a sweet tooth and salt if you prefer things more savory.

Here’s how to do it: Cut your avocado into two halves. Remove the seed. Cut the flesh from the two halves into smaller pieces, then put the chopped pieces in a bowl and sprinkle approximately half a tablespoon of sugar on them. If you opt for salt over sugar, add a bit of black pepper as well. When everything is ready, simply grab a spoon, sit back and enjoy your snack!

2. As a base for baked eggs

baked eggs in an avocado

For a heavier snack, you can try “baked eggs in avocado.”

Here’s how to make it: Slice an avocado in half, remove the seed and scoop out a bit of the flesh from each half to make some room for the egg. Then, break an egg into each half. Afterwards, place the avocado halves in a small baking dish. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and let the avocado halves bake for 20 minutes. When they are ready, season them with salt and pepper, and dig right in!

3. In a vegetable salad

avocado salad

I’m not a huge fan of salads, but I figured that adding avocado to them would make them more appealing—and it worked! My current favorite is avocado, lettuce and tomato.

Here’s how to make it: Along with one diced avocado, I use one or two diced tomatoes and 80g of shredded lettuce. Mix these in a bowl, and add a bit of salt, lemon juice and olive oil just to give it a bit of flavor. For the days when I’m a bit hungrier than usual, I add pieces of fried chicken to the mixture or eat the salad with three or four baked chicken wings. Yum!

4. With salmon

avocado and salmon on a toast

Salmon is another of my favorite healthy foods, and nothing goes better with it than avocadoes! When preparing my avocado and salmon meal, I start by cooking the salmon.

Here’s how to make it: First, I season my salmon fillet with a mixture of curry powder, ginger, paprika and flour, then shallow-fry it on the cooker or bake the coated salmon in the oven for about 15 minutes. While the salmon cooks, I slice my avocado into thin slices and sprinkle some salt, black pepper and olive oil onto the pieces. To complete the meal, I make a small cup of rice to go with it; when I want an alternative to rice, I have some roasted potatoes instead. This meal makes for a very tasty and filling lunch or dinner. Try it for yourself and see.

5. As a sandwich filling

poached eggs and toast

One of my favorite things about the flesh in an avocado is how soft it is. This makes it easy to mash, which means that it can be used in other ways, too.

Here’s how to use it: One of the easiest ways to use mashed avocado is as a spread for a sandwich! Forego your usual margarine one morning, and spread mashed avocado onto each slice of your bread instead. If you want a heavier sandwich, you can add a slice of ham, some salami or slices of boiled egg to your avocado sandwich as well. Wash it all down with a cup of tea or coffee afterwards.

6. As Guacamole

guacamole

Guacamole is another favorite of mine simply because it can be enjoyed with a wide range of things. Whether it’s a snack like tortilla chips or a heavier meal like burritos or fajitas, guacamole is one of the tastiest sides to go with it. It’s also quite filling, which reduces the number of tortilla chips I eat with it or the amount of other fillings I put in my burrito and fajita wraps; it also reduces how much I eat afterwards.

Here’s how I make my favorite guacamole recipe: I mix mashed avocado, chopped tomatoes, lemon juice, salt and black pepper together. For something a bit spicier, I add some paprika or salsa sauce to the mix.

How do you prefer to eat your avocados? What are your favorite avocado recipes? Share them below to give other queens even more ideas on how to enjoy avocados.

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5 Deliciously Romantic Meals To Cook For Him

If you want to show your love to your man you definitely should cook him a delicious dinner. We give you ideas for romantic meals to cook for him.

They always say “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” and it’s definitely true.

So, instead of trolling around adult stores or booking a romantic dinner at a restaurant, prepare for a romantic night in and cook a delicious meal.

1) Spaghetti with meatballs

Spaghetti pasta with meatballs and tomato sauce

While this is a simple meal in terms of skill and taste, it’s a favourite among men.

There’s something about the simple slurp of a spaghetti noodle that makes a man want his lady to be slurping at the other end.

If you’re both sharing from the same plate, then that’s a romantic bonus…especially if you’re feeding each other.

Don’t forget, it’s also the very same dish that united our favourite Disney Lady and her Tramp.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz dry spaghetti
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 oz each)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

1. To make the meatballs, sauté onions, parsley and garlic in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil. Cook, stirring often, for 8-10 minutes or until the onions are soft. Remove ¼ of the mixture and set the remainder inside.

2. In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, milk, egg, Italian seasoning, salt and the ¼ cup of the onion mix that was just made. Use your hands to stir in the ground beef and pork, and then form them into 2 inch balls.

3. Warm a tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot. Add the meatballs and cook, turning often, until browned on the outside. (5 minutes or so)

4. To the pot, add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, pepper, and salt. Add in the remainder of the sautéed onion mix. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.

5. Cook pasta according to the directions given to you on the package. Place in a serving bowl and spoon the sauce and meatballs overtop. Enjoy!

2) Roast chicken for two

When it comes to keeping a meal simple, roasted chicken comes to mind. It is an easy, uncomplicated dish that can tantalize his tastebuds and keep his belly full.

Pair it with a nice, fruity wine (such as a Riesling or even a flirty Rose), some mashed potatoes and his favorite veggies to make it complete.

Ingredients

  • 1 150g roasting chicken
  • ½ tsp sage
  • ½ tsp savoury
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • ½ a lemon
  • 1 tsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.

2. Grease the roasting pan with the olive oil and then place the chicken in.

3. Sprinkle the sage, savoury, rosemary, salt, and pepper all over the chicken.

4. Place the lemon half inside the lower cavity, along with the two cloves of garlic.

5. Place the roasting pan in the oven and let it roast for an hour and 20 minutes, or until juices run clear. Must have an internal temperature of at least 170 degrees Farenheit.

6. Serve with mashed potatoes and your choice of vegetable. Enjoy!

3) Grilled Ribeye steak

Sliced medium rare grilled Steak Ribeye with rosemary

Men are all about meat and potatoes, aren’t they? As long as there’s a nice cut of meat and a starch on their plate, any man will be satisfied with the meal, right?

When it comes to cuts of beef to grill, the Ribeye is the most popular.

It’s tender, well marbled, and absorbs flavour a lot better than some of your usual choice cuts.

Grilled, buttery garlic shrimp is a great topping for a Ribeye if you want to make dinner extra special.

Ingredients

  • 2 8 ounce ribeye steaks
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 12 de-veined, shelled shrimp
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

1. Heat the butter in a skillet on medium high heat.

2. Place the shrimp in skillet, along with the minced garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Cover both steaks with the Worcestershire sauce and the remainder of salt and pepper.

4. Heat oil in another skillet over medium high heat. Place steaks in skillet and cook for varying times, depending on degree of wellness preferred.

5. Remove steaks from heat and place upon plates.

6. Top each steak with the garlic shrimp.

7. Serve with boiled baby potatoes and corn.

8. Enjoy!

4) Coq Au Vin Blanc

Coq au Vin

The French are a notoriously romantic people. It only makes sense that their cuisine is a match to their personalities.

Coq au Vin Blanc is a simple, tasty, romantic dish that is sure to please your man and your taste buds at the same time. It’s a perfect dinner for two!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup white wine (works best with zinfandel)
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1 bulb fennel, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped pancetta (regular bacon works well as a substitute)
  • 2 parsnips, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil

1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot over medium high heat.

2. Season chicken thighs with salt, and pepper. Place them in hot oil and cook on each side until browned.

3. Remove thighs and set aside.

4. De-glaze pot with the white wine and chicken stock. Stir until all bits are removed from bottom of pot.

5. Return the chicken thighs to the pot.

6. Add the chopped fennel and parsnips and stir until well distributed.

7. Cook over medium heat until chicken is cooked. Internal temperature must be at least 170 degrees and the juices run clear.

8. Serve in a bowl with a sliced baguette.

9. Enjoy!

5) Pork chops in Port wine sauce

Pork chop with beetroot leaves garnish and cream sauce on white plate

Not many people associate pork chops with a romantic night in, but this port wine sauce these chops are paired with will be an instant favourite with your man.

He might want you to put this sauce on anything and everything he can…perhaps you should make a stash of the sauce!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium shallot, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup port wine
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup plum preserves, strained
  • ½ tsp salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp pepper, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 bone-in center cut pork chops (1 ¾ pounds)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

1. Bring the shallots, Port and sugar to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. Boil until the mixture is reduced to ¼ cup.

2. Add the broth, return to a boil and reduce again to ¼ cup.

3. Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the plum preserves, half of the salt, half of the pepper, and cook for two minutes. Cover and keep warm on low heat.

4. Combine the coriander, garlic powder, remaining salt, remaining pepper and sprinkle over the pork chops.

5. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops in a single layer and cook on each side for about 5-6 minutes until cooked through and juices run clear.

6. Serve each chop with the sauce spooned over top. Serve with roasted asparagus and gruyere polenta. Enjoy!

Making a romantic meal for your favourite man isn’t too difficult if you use one of these delicious, decadent recipes.

Not only are they straightforward to make, but they also make any time you spend sharing a meal an unforgettable pleasure.

Keep in mind that men are easy to please when it comes to food, so keep things simple!

 

source:youqueen