Friday - - The Big Story -

In plain English You might think the av­er­age chap likes a woman with a sparkling per­son­al­ity, an in­fec­tious sense of hu­mour and a few things be­sides. You’d be wrong. He likes a woman who knows how to poach an egg. Ori­gins Thought to have been first coined by Amer­i­can news­pa­per colum­nist Fanny Fern in the mid 1800s. It might be true Sci­en­tific re­search into this is thin on the ground but Stephanie Smith cer­tainly thinks it holds weight. The New-York-based jour­nal­ist hit the head­lines last year af­ter mak­ing a deal with her boyfriend Eric Schulte: he’d pro­pose to her if she made him a sand­wich ev­ery day for 300 days. In the end, he popped the ques­tion af­ter 257.

But Jared Alden, psy­chother­a­pist and cou­ples coun­sel­lor at the Ger­man Neu­ro­science Cen­ter in Dubai Health­care City, reck­ons this say­ing has a wider mean­ing. “I think it’s a metaphor that men – and women – fall in love with part­ners who are will­ing to do some­thing for them,” he says. It might not be “In some cul­tures, where there is a big em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of food and its role in so­ci­ety – such as the Mid­dle East – I think there’s an el­e­ment of re­al­ity in this,” says Fadwa. “But I’m not sure you could say a man’s heart can be won by mak­ing him a meal. There needs to be other el­e­ments there.” The ver­dict There are many ways to a man’s heart. Hav­ing said that, cooking him a lamb din­ner oc­ca­sion­ally can’t do any harm.

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