If you can cook up a storm, the way to a man (or woman)'s heart is definitely through their stomach. Serving a delicious meal shows your new lover that you're creative and capable - not to mention good with your hands. It's also a great way to say "I care about you" without having to find the words.
However, there's plenty that can go wrong. If you try impressing your latest flame with lumpy mash or burnt bangers, your budding relationship may sink faster than a souffle.
Here are 10 ways to ensure that your seductive supper hits the spot.
10 ways to ensure that your seductive supper hits the spot
For example, don't spend all day creating a feast of venison stroganoff with vodka cocktails, only to find that your lover is a teetotal vegetarian.
If in doubt, ask what they'd love to eat, and make sure you know what they don't like. Don't worry about "spoiling the surprise". Surprises are nice, but people would rather get something they genuinely want.
When you're planning the night itself, give your lover a few days' notice and make sure that the date suits you both. Go for a Friday or Saturday evening if you both work weekdays. You don't want to have to rush everything because it's a school night.
Oysters are famous aphrodisiacs, and their reputation also seems scientifically sound. Shellfish contain high levels of zinc, which has been found to boost testosterone levels.
So get busy with those seafood recipes, but not before you've made sure that your date will eat them. All the testosterone-boosting powers in the world aren't enough to persuade some people swallow an oyster.
When your guest arrives, don't leave them twiddling their thumbs in front of the telly while you finish your masterpiece. Rudeness is not seductive. If they turn up before you're finished cooking, invite them into the kitchen to chat while you cook, and keep their wine glass topped up.
But true romance is about imagination. It's about giving someone a memorable evening that you know they'd love. If you know that they'd get a bigger thrill from a takeaway in a tent pitched in the garden, or a living room picnic of home-made curry, beer and their favourite film, do that instead.
If there's something in the oven that needs attention in 20 minutes, set an alarm. Otherwise you'll be too busy worrying about it to pay enough attention to your guest.
If you're insecure about your cooking, at least try to act confident. Don't keep asking, "is it OK? Do you like it?"
Again, think about what they'd really enjoy. A DVD? A romantic walk? A wrestle under the duvet? If seduction is on your mind, close the deal with a kiss and a tour of your house or flat.
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