Part 1: How to Seduce a Man on Game Day
My boyfriend and I date long distance, but lucky for us we are from the same city. I came home for Thanksgiving (he lives with his parents), but Thanksgiving is family time, so Saturday night was the only night we could do Project Tasteless Challenge #5: I Am, in Fact, Trying to Seduce You.
Saturday is also football day, and we are both big football fans, so this meant trouble. See, since this is my boyfriend, and not, say, a boy who did not know I would come back another day, he would feel perfectly comfortable saying, “Eh, I’ll take my Gamecocks today. It’s the Clemson game!!” So this one is for all you ladies out there who need a little extra help seducing a man on game day.
1. Check the game schedule Hope for an 8 p.m. game. I got 7 p.m., and my Tar Heels were playing at 3:30, and I still had to pick up food. I gave up the third quarter and then some of my game for shower, getting hot, buying food, and driving 30 minutes to his house. His parents were out of town Saturday night, so we had the place to ourselves.
2. Dress distractingly obvious I went with 3-inch heels and a shiny, low-cut, little-bit-see-through top. But wear a cardigan, we want to keep it classy ladies.
3. BYOB Don’t drink the beer leftover from the man party that has been happening all day. I brought cider-delicious!
4. Acknowledge that chips and queso will be your romantic appetizer When I got there, I was starving because I had forgotten about the whole lunch thing, and he needed to take a shower, and the last 5 minutes of my game was on, and then his game started, so we ended up stuffing ourselves with queso and chips and completely ruining our appetites.
5. Plan a light meal This is for two reasons: One, you just stuffed yourselves with chips and queso; two, you are about to get it on.
6. Prep ahead so the meal is quick and easy to make Almost all my veggies were pre-chopped and the potatoes were pre-cooked (thank you Thanksgiving leftovers). I was able to prep the whole thing and throw it in the oven at halftime.
…and the meal is: Lemon Flounder with roasted veggies and lemon salad. Recipe at the end of the post.
7. Don’t invite a friend over for the second half of the game and then watch Tron until 2 a.m. It kind of kills the mood. Even though Tron (the character) oozes more sexuality than a sexuality oozer on sexuality oozing steroids at a sexuality oozing conference. Seriously, have you seen it?
Part 2: How to Accidently Seduce His Dad on Sunday Morning
As I mentioned, my boyfriend lives with his parents. They were out of town Saturday night, but seeing as I was staying with my parents, I had to go to my home for sleeping. Still, I was ready for Project Tasteless Challenge #6: Easy Like Sunday Morning Bangover 911, where I had to use at least one ingredient from Saturday night’s dinner in my Sunday brunch recipe. A note before we get into it, I saved this biscuit recipe for this challenge. They are the greatest biscuits you will ever eat.
1. Don’t remind your boyfriend that the leftovers WILL BE USED IN BREAKFAST TOMORROW I assumed the boyfriend would remember. Then his dad came home, saw the delicious food in the fridge, asked his son if he could eat it, and his son said yes. Yep, his dad ate my seductive flounder/Sunday morning hash browns before they could even be made.
2. Make the most delicious biscuits in the world My boyfriend’s dad apparently has a thing for tasty buttermilk biscuits, and I just happened to have the recipe. Seriously, they will change your life. Get your buttermilk, butter, and dill and go to the end of this post for the recipe. Life. Changer.
3. Leave out a big plate on the kitchen counter Mmmm plenty for all the men in this house. That’s right, I seduced my boyfriend on Saturday night and his dad on Sunday morning.
Lemon Flounder with Roasted Veggies and Salad
Pre-chop your veggies. If you are doing the use-the-ingredient-in-the-Sunday-breakfast challenge, make sure to include red onion and potatoes. I also included red, yellow and green pepper and broccoli.
Preheat oven to 375F. Toss chopped veggies with 1-2 tbsp. olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place in the bottom of your greased baking dish.
Lightly coat both sides of the flounder fillets with olive oil, and place on top of your veggies. Squirt the juice of 1/2 lemon over everything.
Cook 15-20 minutes, or until flounder is flaky.
While the flounder is cooking, make your salad. Mix together the juice of 1/2 lemon, 2 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper for the dressing. Toss mixed greens and feta with the dressing, and set out on your plate.
Once the flounder is done, serve it and the veggies with the salad.
Serve with maple bacon and scrambled eggs – and scramble the eggs in the pan you cooked the bacon in for a little extra yum – and cut up the roasted veggies from last night (minus the broccoli) and heat them in the bacon pan over medium heat for a few minutes.
Adapted from Dot’s Diner
This makes a lot of biscuits – definitely halve the recipe if you are not cooking for your boyfriend and his parents and planning for lots of leftovers
Preheat oven to 425F.
In a large bowl, whisk together 3 cups flour, 1 tbsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. fresh or dried dill, 3 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt. Using your fingertips, rub 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a course meal.
Add 1 cup buttermilk and stir until evenly moistened. Drop biscuits onto greased baking sheet and cook until golden brown on top, about 15 minutes.