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Saving money on Valentine's dinner: Brits go for CURRY to get in the mood

If you are planning a night of passion with your other half, you are best off cooking a curry, according to new research.
By Editorial on Feb 12th, 2018   @freelotteriesuk

Forget oysters and chocolate covered strawberries - if you are planning a night of passion with your other half, you are better off cooking a CURRY, according to new research by HelloFresh.

According to a poll of the nation’s couples, a juicy steak (35 per cent), a roast dinner (22 percent) and a spicy curry (17 percent) are the top three meals most likely to lead to a night of passion.

In fact, only one in 20 adults ever serve the traditional aphrodisiac of oysters for a romantic meal, but fish does remain a popular choice, with salmon (15 percent), sea bass (12 percent) and scallops (11 percent) all common choices for a romantic evening.

Surprisingly, the carb-heavy Italian dish Lasagne also emerges among the top meals for 13 per cent of lovers - as does risotto (10 per cent) and beef bourguignon (9 per cent).

The way to a man's heart

The poll of almost 2,000 adults by Hello Fresh reveals two thirds of women STILL firmly believe in the old adage that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – as opposed to just 34 per cent of men who think they can cook their way into the bedroom.

Overall, four in ten of those polled (41 per cent) say cooking their partner’s favourite meal is the best route to intimacy – with half claiming a really spicy dish often leads to a night of passion.

Seven in ten also prefer being cooked for on a date night opposed to being taken out for dinner to a restaurant.

A cheaper option

A savvy 21 per cent say it is much cheaper, one in ten say it saves the hassle of booking a babysitter and 13 per cent moan that eateries are full of cringeworthy couples around Valentine’s Day.

Nearly a quarter said you can be much more tactile with each other if you are dining at home – while a hopeful 17 per cent prefer eating at home, so they can ‘move things upstairs’.

Patrick Drake, co-founder and head chef at HelloFresh says, 'We 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.

'When it comes to food to get you in the mood, forget fancy delicacies - it’s the good old British classics that are the clear winners.'

Meals most likely to lead to a night of passion (according to British couples)

1. A juicy steak (35 per cent)
2. A roast (22 per cent)
3. A spicy curry (17 per cent)
4. Salmon (15 per cent)
5. Profiteroles (14 per cent)
6. Lasagne (13 per cent)
7. Seabass (12 per cent)
8. Scallops (11 per cent)
9. Risotto (10 per cent)
10. A cheese board (9 per cent)
11. Beef bourguignon (9 per cent)
12. Chilli con carne (9 per cent)
13. Seafood linguine (9 per cent)
14. Mussels (8 per cent)
15. Paella (7 per cent)
16. Buttered asparagus (7 per cent)
17. Oysters (6 per cent)
18. Chilli (5 per cent)
19. Figs and goats cheese (5 per cent)
20. Coq au vin (5 per cent)