Debi and I very often look at each other and say: “We need to go out, We need to have a fantastic dinner and celebrate ourselves, our Love!”. Then we pause.We smile and we say: “Nahhh, what do we make for dinner?”
Do not get me wrong, we love getting out of the house, indulge in a meal that for once is served to us, cooked by others, drink some good wine and then come home to a clean kitchen… no dishes to be done, the kids possibly asleep. Then strip our clothes off and keep on celebrating. Truth is, it does not happen that often. Debi and I go out, but for the most part is for work events, which means that the food is usually below our expectations… unless we go visit friends, and that for the most part happens to be a family affair where the daughters come along and get to enjoy some time out of the house as well.
The most romantic dinners we have as a couple are the ones that we have at home… in our comfort zone. Not to mention that by staying in, we do not have to drive back to our nest, and we can afford to drink a couple of glasses more…. no cops between my dining room and my alcove! We get to choose our menu, the wine we like, and if we really decide not to loose to much time, well, we can leave the dishes in the sink and start loosing our clothes on the way to bed…
And this is exactly what we will be doing this evening!
We will rent a movie for the kids and treat them to a TV dinner, while we set up our dining room, and make it as romantic as we can! We will buy flowers, we will uncork a bottle (or two) of one of our favorite wine, play some old school Bossa Nova from the 50s’, and make it a memorable evening. We will start cooking our dinner as the kids enjoy theirs, and after they eventually (finally) get in bed, we will sit down in front of each other, and bless the day we met… the day I looked at her, after a three hours conversation and I told her: “You are so cool, wanna have kids with me?”.
For this Valentine’s day we wanted to invite you to stay at home, skip the pre-packaged restaurant menu, avoid the surcharges and the last minute hustle of reserving a table in your favorite restaurant… and if your nanny is not available (mine bluntly told me “Sorry Gabriel, I am getting laid!”), do not despair, here is a recipe easy and tasty that will help you create the perfect Valentine’s Evening.
Thank you for joining us, once again, in our kitchen!!!