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Feb 18, 2007 12:58 AM

Need ideas for post-break up distraction cooking...AKA my day tomorrow

Tomorrow I plan on breaking up with my boyfriend and, needless to say, I will need a distraction for afterwards. I couldn't think of a better way to soothe my broken heart than by making myself an amazing meal (accompanied by copious amounts of wine). I am very passionate about cooking and good food so I thought that this would raise my spirits!

Does anyone have any ideas for a meal that would be appropriate under these circumstances? I am relatively new to cooking but am always up for a challenge.

Creative Appetizers, Main Courses, Sides, Desserts? I am not picky at all, I just want to make something fun and delicious. I would greatly appreciate any recipes that you have!! Thank you so much..

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  1. If it's going to break your heart, why are you doing it?

    Anyway, I would make lasagne.

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    1. re: Den

      A good mark of maturity is knowing that someone is not right for you, no matter how much you may love them. Plus, hurting someone is never fun, even if for the right reasons.

    2. I would say osso bucco followed up by some Tiramisu...plenty of time to drink that vino and savor the deelish smells. Good luck!

      1. A nice risotto might work. While you're doing all of the stirring, you can be recounting the reasons the relationship didn't work, and reaffirming your decision. Plus, you can stir with one hand and drink with the other!

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        1. re: perk

          Totally agree with the risotto. I had a similar experience, and standing there with wine in one hand while stirring this amazing smelling food that would become my dinner did me a world of good.

          Good luck gourmetgal1.

          1. re: perk

            I totally agree with the risotto idea -- all of the chopping and stirring is very soothing for me. I'd also add an indulgent chocolate dessert, like cake or brownies. I made Nigella's Dense Chocolate Loaf cake last week, and it's amazing, I'd be happy to paraphrase the recipe if you like.

          2. Post-breakup meals should contain two food groups: carby and creamy.

            I say you need to knead something. Make bread.

            You could also make ravioli, gnocchi or Asian dumplings - all are fairly time-consuming and you need to focus on what you're doing.

            For dessert, if you have an ice cream maker, use it. If not, maybe zabaglione or flan? Even better if you can add some chocolate in there.

            1. For a broken heart, comfort food is the way to go. That depends on your idea of comfort food, but I always think ice cream is a good way to go.

              Here's a strange one, though. Not exactly what you were asking, but I discovered that the last three times I broke up with people (that is, when I did the breaking up), our last dinner together had been Korean food. It wasn't planned this way, and it's not like I eat Korean out very often (not even once a month). I can't explain that, but I'm married now and I admit that I do get a little nervous whenever I crave Korean food.