With the fiance working late, I decided to "do it up right" with a surprise valentine's day dinner for him. Not to much of a surprise seeing as I blogged a few days ago about seeking inspiration, but it was a much appreciated opportunity for us to celebrate and enjoy one another's company over good food. By setting the table, having a couple courses and playing some music in the background, dinner was transformed from something we eat in front of the TV to a chance to connect and share.
The appetizer was heirloom tomato, avocado, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar. A play on the caprese minus the dairy, salt and oil. The avocado was a great addition and the basil was really a star.
For the main course, I drew on the ingredients from our last winter share from Featherstone Farms that arrived on Valentine's Day. The potatoes and celeriac became a puree with a little rice milk. I served that with Happy Herbivore's portobello "steak" with balsamic onion sauce and a side of Ina Garten's sauteed broccolini featuring lemon and garlic. Having sampled the sauces and flavors, I knew we'd want some bread to gather every last bit, and Seward Coop carries Rustica Bakery's Miche which is wheat and rye sourdough. Rustica Bakery was named 1 of the 10 top bakeries in the US by Bon Apetit, and their bread is out of this world!
Dinner was delicious, but even better it was a chance to catch up on one another's day and celebrate our love for one another. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!