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Can you give some more info (if it isn't too late already)
What type of food does she like, spicy, not spicy, chinese, indian, italian ????
I'm sure we will be able to help once we know a bit more
If she's Indian, then I wouldn't cook an Indian meal for her if I were you. Stick with something that she is a bit less familiar with (and get her to teach you Indian cooking).
How about a pasta dish with a tomato sauce?
Coq au vin (chicken in red wine)?
boeuf Bourginon (beef in red wine)?
or maybe a stir fry?
With the last 3 you can choose whether to serve with rice, noodles, or mashed or boiled potatoes.
to answer your other question: I love SE Asian food........
BTW on a number of cooking shows I have heard the host chef say that if you can't scramble or cook an egg over-easy properly most of the time you won't have the skill necessary to properly prepare most dishes. So learning to cook eggs sounds in order for a beginner, in our household we serve breakfast for dinner at least once a month, Cheesy Eggs, pan fried Country style potatoes, bacon or hot links some times both, and sliced fruit (whatever is fresh at the time) on the side, (we just did sliced pears).
Next, you could try learning one or two different preparations of chicken breast, either grilled, broiled, braised, nothing fancy just learning how to properly season, done-ness so they are still moist and not dried out either outside or inside. Sides of rices or baked potatoes & a steamed vegetable are easy to cook and complete the meal, however each require some knowledge and a little skill easily learned to prepare so they are cooked and taste correctly.
I have resorted to using foodnetwork for recipes, looking for those rated 5 stars, however some can be complicated, try to find the simpler ones with high 5 star rating. Besure to read the reviews, the comments will reveal difficulties, other ways to kick it up or solve not having an ingredient.