Ever Wonder Why Cooking Gets Couples Hot?
Somewhere between frozen pizza dinners and microwavable lunches, I threw in the towel.
Throughout the years of crushing deadlines and trying to maintain some slightly frayed idea of work-life balance — one that in the very least contained a fitness regimen and time with friends and family — I joined a rather large army of young professional women who dine daily on freezer-made cuisine and follow the misguided mantras, I would cook, but theres no point in cooking for one, and Who the heck has time to cook?
Turns out, I do.
And its hot. Really, really hot.
From South African curry simmering in the crock pot to fresh lemon pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and poached eggs on toast with brie, spinach and oven-toasted prosciutto, lately all of these delicious dishes have made their way through my kitchen to my tummy created by my very own hands, no less. Cooking for one now feels like a celebration: Each time I whip up a meal from scratch, I am choosing to value my health with every hand-picked ingredient added.
As someone who once believed cooking was a thankless task you can be sure that no one was more surprised than me to discover I love to cook. If its a chore, it certainly is a relaxing, creative and rewarding one.
But while this this cooking for one business is pretty incredible stuff, there may be a more potent ingredient missing from this very inspired kitchen.
According to the findings of a recent study out of Australia, pairing up in the kitchen doesnt just make for easier dinner prep, but doubles your pleasure too. Apparently the act of mingling over steaming pots and grilling veggies creates a heightened level of desirability and intimacy between a couple.
On some animal, evolutionary level, I get the power of food — which is why the idea of cooking for someone else scares the bejeezus out of me.
But if you too are a solo cooker/eater, listen: Keeping those stuffed chickens all to yourself may not be the fulfilling route after all. Seems solo cooks the world over are missing out when it comes to the art of the home-cooked meal.
Yep, you can skip the Barry White and skimpy lingerie that lies beneath and simply bust out the pots and pans instead.
According to the Electrolux Passion For Food Survey, 44 percent admit to getting intimate in the kitchen, and almost one in 10 say the action gets cooking in that very room at least once a week.
And, if you think the amorous perk of roasted garlic is only relegated to steaming-over, lust-filled newlyweds, think again. One third of couples paired up for 15 years or more say their libidos still get stirring in the kitchen.
Meanwhile, 53 percent say sharing a home-cooked meal is the best way to set the romantic tone. To give you some perspective, just 32 per cent said a foot massage would do the trick, though 40 per cent said sharing a few cocktails is a good erotic lubricant. A whopping 90 per cent said having a partner with solid cooking chops is important, with six out 10 women desiring a men with culinary skills. No wonder. Cooking is a tactile experience that not only stirs our senses, but our sex drives as well.
So which meals top the menu list?
If you want to hit a home run, a roast will do the trick, as will seafood and steak. For the ultimate choice in aphrodisiacs, chocolate wins out over oysters and even alcohol.
Perhaps cooking for someone else is finally in order here.
Cooking for two? Kind of has a nice ring to it.
And hey, who knows it might even turn out to be relaxing, creative and rewarding. Oh, and for the truly lucky, it could get mighty hot in there, too.
Anyone have a good recipe for a roast?