Today I wanted to talk a little bit about date nights and the importance of it. They are the necessity of every relationship. Especially in long term relationships, we tend to forget to carve out special time for each other.
Often once a couple is labeled as “together” we tend to think that the work toward the relationship is complete. It is often looked at like a switch that is either on or off. But instead, it is more like a dial, that can be turn up more and more each time. Date nights are important to build up the friendship portion of the relationship and to help maintain honest communication and let you feel like a team.
Relationships take constant work, just like it takes work to reach your fitness goals, or your career goals.
And date nights don’t need to be this huge event that is expensive and something completely new. It’s about prioritizing each other and spending time together doing something out of the ordinary.
It can be as simple as making dinner together.
So take turns planning date nights once a week. Don’t consider it a luxury, but a necessity.
If you need inspiration on what to do for your upcoming date night, how about making this pizza together from scratch. We has so much fun and the pizza was so delicious!!
makes about 4 pizzas (2 each 😉 or for two date nights)
for the dough
- 500g all purpose flour
- 3 tsp salt
- 1 packet dried yeast
- 350ml warm water
for the topping
- 8 tbsp tomato passata
- olive oil
- 1 eggplant sliced
- 1 zucchini sliced
- 6 cloves minced garlic
- 40 leaves of fresh basil
- Combine the flour and the salt in a large bowl. Activate the yeast by adding it to the warm water and mix. Then add the yeast mixture little by little to the flour. Form a shaggy dough. Tip it onto the counter top and kneed the dough for at least 5 minutes. When the dough is smooth, cut it into four portions and make four balls. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rise for 1.5-2 hours. (after rising, the would be the moment to freeze any leftover dough for later use)
- Flour your work surface and take one of the risen dough portions and lightly punch down on either side to make a slight disc. (the edges should remain slightly thicker) Carefully pick it up by the edges and rotate quickly to let gravity stretch the dough for us (takes some practice). If you have a hole, don’t worry, patch it by taking a piece from the crust. Going along the crust, press into the dough using your fingers to clearly mark the edge of the crust.
- Time for the topping. Add 2 tbsp of passata into the middle of the pizza and spread the sauce outward using circle motions. Then drizzle some olive oil, salt and garlic on top. Then add your favorite toppings and drizzle some more olive oil on top with 10 leaves of fresh basil.
- Bake the pizza in a pre heated oven on 220°C/428°F for 10min. Serve hot and enjoy!