Spending time in the kitchen cooking together is one of our favorite things to do as a couple when we feel like staying at home, but would still like to have some fun. The first thing that we always do before we touch any kitchen utensils or appliances, is turn on some good tunes!
Oh yeah… so the music is pumping, wine bottle popped open, mood is set and now we’re talking! Before I get into sharing with you some ideas on fun cooking at home, it is important for you to know that this activity is not about whether the end product, the food that you’ll be making together with love, is top restaurant award winning chef’s quality, but more about the process of preparing the meal together, and having some fun and giggles along the way. If you forget something, who cares! Don’t get too worked up about getting it perfect, remember it is the precious time spent together that matters. If you and your partner are people who like a bit of challenge now and again, absolutely fine as long as it is positive competitiveness and doesn’t cross any lines then turn ugly, which defeats the whole purpose of this activity of creating wonderful memories together as a couple.
Okay, so let’s get into it! The ideas that I’ll be sharing for fun cooking at home together below are easy, inexpensive, flexible with ingredients and absolutely fun to make! You both get to add your own touch and creativity to produce something delicious and memorable to share. There’s no need to follow one another’s way of preparing the meals, doesn’t that sound wonderful? We have also trialed these cooking ideas with our couple friends at home and we always end up having a blast! Here they are:
Maki Sushi (or Sushi Maki)
Maki Sushi, or known as Rolled Sushi, is one of the ways to prepare a delicious and healthy sushi meal. In this method of preparation, Japanese sushi rice and ingredients of your choice are wrapped inside a seaweed sheet, called Nori, and rolled out to make a cylindrical piece (shape of a pipe).
With sushi being one of the top foods consumed around the world nowadays, you can easily find Japanese sushi rice and sauces from any of your local large supermarkets or nearby Asian grocery store. There are also sushi making kits available which are super easy to use and clean. Make sure you get the kit with detachable sushi mat and dishwasher friendly, recommended over the bamboo mat, which is difficult to clean as food sticks to the mat. If you choose to go with the more authentic look and use the bamboo mat, a good tip is to first wrap the mat with cling wrap to ensure ease of cleaning later.
Watch the video below to find out for yourself how easy it is to make Maki Sushi at home:
Here are some of the key ingredients and materials you’ll need to kickstart your Maki Sushi making skills:
- Seaweed sheets (Nori)
- Japanese sushi rice
- Japanese rice vinegar
- Filling: raw/smoked fish (salmon, tuna are most popular), chicken strips, beef strips, egg (tamago), shrimp, crab sticks, vegetable sticks (carrot, cucumber), avocado
- Teriyaki sauce – to marinate meat/fish and pan fry
- Soy dipping sauce
- Kewpie mayonnaise
- Wasabi Paste (optional – get it if you like spicy food)
- Sliced pickled ginger (optional)
- Roasted sesame seeds (optional but highly recommended!) – can be used to mix with sushi rice before wrapping, or sprinkle on top of sushi pieces
- Sushi making kit (as seen in the video)
Below are links to some sushi recipes and reviews which I hope you find useful to help you get started. Have fun rolling!
Homemade Pizza – Savory & Dessert
Homemade pizzas are fun, delicious and best of all, quick to make! That is why they have made it to our Couples Cooking Ideas list and is our go to fun meal to cook together at home, on a lazy chilled Sunday afternoon. You can choose to make your own pizza dough from scratch with flour if you’re up for it, or from a pre-packed pizza crust mix, which you can buy from most supermarkets these days. There are also various dietary options available to choose from like gluten-free pizza crust mix. The other option you have, which is sometimes the option we go for when we are short on time, is to get fresh pizza bases from the local bakery, for only a few bucks!
Anything goes on a pizza and you can easily knock out a three course meal. Here’s how we do it:
- Entree: Pizza Bianca – pizza dough seasoned with rosemary, sea salt and olive oil
- Main: Base – Red/White sauce; Toppings: Meat/Sausage/Seafood/Roasted Vegetables; Cheeses
- Dessert: Strawberry Nutella pizza with ice cream and nuts sprinkled on top
We have tried cooking pizzas in the oven using various kitchenware and from experience, pizza stones are by far the best for crispy crusts, because the pizza base is cooked evenly on the hot stone. Cooking on a pizza stone also makes it easier to cut the pizza in slices with a sharp pizza cutter. We like to serve our homemade pizzas on a wooden paddle, typically when we have friends over and need to cook several pizzas using the same hot stone. Wooden pizza paddles can also double up as a cutting board or a board to serve cheese and cured meat – its great to have one around the house.
Here are some delicious and highly rated homemade pizza recipes:
Tip: read the reviews for additional cooking tips from home cooks just like you and us!
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls (or Cold Rolls)
Vietnamese rice paper rolls, known also as cold rolls, are a healthier version of spring rolls, eaten fresh and not deep fried. They are exceptionally easy and fun to make, delightful to eat and make a wonderful healthy and light meal, especially on a hot summers day. So basically, rice paper rolls are made using rice paper wrappers to wrap and roll the filling of your choice inside. Rice paper wrappers, which can be found at any large supermarkets or Asian grocery store, are made of rice flour, tapioca starch, water and salt. When you are ready to roll the rice paper rolls, dip one wrapper into a shallow bowl of warm water for 1 second to soften the wrapper.
Typical ingredients in a Vietnamese rice paper roll are:
- Vietnamese vermicelli (or rice noodles)
- Cooked prawns (peeled, deveined and cut in half)
- Barbecue/Roast pork
- Vegetarian option: Omelette or tofu
- Herbs: Fresh chives, Thai basil, mint and coriander leaves
- Lettuce leaves
And ingredients for the dipping sauce are:
Here’s a great recipe on how to make some delicious Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls.
So, there you have it, our top three choices for fun Couples Cooking Ideas at home. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this post and have found it useful. Have a great date in! 😉
Have you tried any of the Couples Cooking Ideas above? Share with us your experience or favorite recipe below!