Was it not just Christmas??? Cannot BELIEVE Valentines day is upon us once again.
I was reminded of it today when I went to purchase a replacement slow cooker on Amazon and was presented with a fabulous 15% off as a valentines gift….
Believe me, if someone purchased me a slow cooker as a gift for ME I would probably wrap it around them ……… anyway…
I thought I would share the threads from the past couple of years as there are some good food, wine and gift ideas within them.
This year once again, Mr. Leah is offshore so I will be treating myself to some fine bubbly… not sure what yet but I’ll make sure it is decent.
Has anyone got any plans for a romantic night in or out?? or any plans to open something nice??
I always find valentines a bit of a funny one. It’s a disgusting commercial racket pushed on us by opportunist profiteers, but it’s also an easy excuse to get a bit romantic and treat your special one a bit more special than usual.
Almost never go out, but might order in and find something in the rack for us both to enjoy.
Before the kids we used to go out on said evening usually a jazz concert at Ronnie Scott’s or similar… the last 5 years it has been staying in with a nice cheese board and some appropriate sweet wine (mayhaps s fizz). Same beckons this year…
We don’t really do Valentine’s, but we do always celebrate the half year anniversary, which falls on the 5th of February (why have one anniversary when you can have two?!). It didn’t happen this year, as I was away, so we’re swapping to later this month. Planning to go to The Ginger Dog pub in Brighton, which is a favourite old haunt. No doubt he’ll tell me that he’s not prepared to pay “this much” for wine when he’s got “better wines at home”, though - so romance has its limitations.
We don’t tend to do a lot for Valentine’s either, and would rather save our babysitting requests for going to the theatre or to see live comedy or something, so it’ll be a quiet night in. I’ll cook this to satisfy Mrs H’s black pudding obsession, quite possibly washed down with a nice White Burgundy:
Barfields are great - I’ve used them for monster brisket joints for barbecues in the past and they’ve been great. We like a bit of Morcilla so I’ll have to pop in next time I’m up in Fiveways. Thanks for the tip!
I can relate to this. Before the youngling, it was fine dining and generally expensive nights out. Now St. Valentine’s consists of 2 Can Dine for 20 quid from M&S. Incidentally, they include as an option, this year, their Macon Villages Chardonnay, which is very nice. I’ve gone for the Coquilles St. Jacques to start, and the pulled beef and truffle love parcel for the main. (Yes, it’s actually called that!) Going to pair this with a nice Ribera del Duero.
Mr JayKay, who hates the thought (rather than taste) of black pudding is not swayed or fooled by calling it by some fancy dan continental name, be it morcilla or boudin noir😂 I, being a good northerner raised on the stuff, love it but rarely get to eat it these days. My long-standing romantic gesture to my namby pamby soft southerner partner! (Ed: what north south divide??)