I hope everyone is having an enjoyable Valentine’s Day–meaning that you’ve been showered in chocolates, furry stuffed bears and wet kisses (if you’ve been hoping for such things), or that you’ve had the satisfaction of hating this horrible, commercial holiday that compete’s only with New Year’s in terms of hollow and impossible expectation settings.
If you’re panicking (from either scenario) remember this:
This was a Valentine’s message from my friend Joanne at fashioninmotion.com, which should actually be cheeseandfashioninmotion, but too late now.
Yet, good or bad, Valentine’s Day always invites one to think about having a special meal–cheesies, Diet Dr. Pepper and gummies in front of Four Weddings and a Funeral (where you can throw cheesies at the TV whenever Andie McDowell appears) or some fancy schmancy meal–in your house or out on the town.
I had the latter–last night-actually (we live on Australia time). No, I have a class tonight so my husband made me a delicious dinner on the 13th.
And I will share it with you:
The appetizers came from T&T and were so delicious, I must apologize for my terrible lighting and staging of the plate but I’m not about to set up a light and worry about camera angles in the middle of a romantic meal (though apparently I will think about my blog for at least 10 minutes).
We had fishballs, and veggie gyoza and sweet and sour daikon with some salted mustard greens in the back.
Next we had a surf and turf thing going on with steak and tilapia in a Yuzu sauce with lots of fresh pepper. The tilapia was tender, sweet and delicate.
And with that a warm mushroom salad. Mushrooms perfectly cooked–not over cooked–and in a light Hoisin sauce.
Here is a close-up–
wow–I wasn’t kidding when I went close with this–perhaps I was eating straight from the plate with my mouth? It was lipsmacking delicious.
And finally some fresh papaya and mango tofu. I am slightly addicted to mango tofu since our babysitter started buying it for our son. I am sure it is not healthy at all. But it SOUNDS healthy!
And then, just to top off my perfect night at home–an hour long Valentine’s episode of 30 Rock!! And, since it was PVR’d, no commericals and Tad even made sure to start the show again at the end of the preceding commercial (I hate missing even a second of a scene).
Which reminds me, I have some Valentine Day payback to think about….