If you think that the world will still be dominated by hulking alpha males with rock hard bodies and rippling muscles then hope for a time machine so that you can go back to the age of Neanderthals. For quite some time, there has been a trend for guys to be multi-dimensional. There is a degree of sensitivity that need to be shown. If you’re up for romance, you need not always win her over with your six-pack gut. You can always try a romantic gesture – like cooking for her.
But how would you be able to cook given that you only probably have a microwave in your flat? Great for heating leftovers and those instant food stuff. But that won’t cut it. It’s time for you to invest on some cookware.
Nothing too fancy here. No sauciers of different sizes or pans for every pie size possible. Just plain old essentials.
Chef’s knife. Nothing wrong with a man having 8-10 inches. Of sharp steel, that is. It’s very versatile. You can use your chef’s knife to mince, chop, carve, and if you’re skilled enough, fillet. Saves you from buying all sorts of blades too.
Probe thermometer/timer. Giving your lady love the runs just because you cooked the steak too raw is a disaster. Don’t expect some luvin’ if you do. So better invest on a probe thermometer so that you can check if meats are done to the safe temperatures accurately. The timer also helps when you’re multi-tasking.
Saute pan. Great for a variety of meals and sauces with this thing. Stainless steel is the way to go giving you great heat conductivity allowing you to cook quickly like a microwave.
Cast iron skillet. Ah, the alpha male of cookware materials – cast iron. It’s heavy duty (just make sure you season your cast iron baby). Great for those searing and quick-fry cooking methods. Burgers and steaks!
Stockpot. Your tool for noodles and soups. 6-8 quarts would be enough for a pasta meal for two.