What I Ate Wednesday #74: Our Valentine’s Feast

One of the reasons I love Valentine’s Day is because everyone loves showing off their “best meal ever.” Certainly I’m no different and I can guarantee you our dinner and dessert.. and drinks.. were all fabulous! We always make an effort to come up with a menu together, Nathan takes over the protein, we work together on the sides, and I’m in charge of dessert. It’s my favorite. And when everything comes out perfectly, it’s that much better!

I got dressed up.. right down to the shoes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cherry Dress

Nice angle, yes? Haha

Appetizer

We cheers-ed to our 10th Valentine’s Day together with Lagranja sparkles.

Lagranja Sparkling Wine

Don’t be fooled by the small pour. We smashed that bottle!

I love their red wines and figured I couldn’t go wrong trying this. We also demolished an awesomely tasty plate.

Truffle Gouda Grapes Balsamic Jam Almonds Nut Thins

Truffle gouda, grapes, balsamic jam from Italy, smoked almonds, & nut thins.

The chunks of truffle in the cheese took us right back to Italy. That cheese is really something special!

Entree

To make the crust, we threw pistachios, rosemary, and garlic into the food processor. I think we both could have polished off a plate of the crust by itself. That’s always a good sign!

Pistachio Crusted Lamb

We hit the pan.

Pistachio Crusted Lamb

The flip. Check out that crust!

Pistachio Crusted Lamb Cherry Port Sauce Moroccan Wheat Berries Butternut Squash Carrots

The final product! Pistachio-crusted lamb with cherry port sauce, Moroccan wheat berry salad, and roasted carrots & butternut squash.

The flavors of each pieces blended so well. I love the bite that the wheat berries have, the carrots and squash were roasted just right, and the lamb. Ooooh the lamb. Nathan couldn’t have cooked it more perfectly. It was medium rare and the crust had such a nice crunch. The cherry port sauce was flavorful and not sweet at all. I could have eaten more!

Dessert

More to drink? Beer goes well with dessert, right?

Goose Island Matilda

One of our faves.

What wouldn’t go with bourbon banana cheesecake?

Bourbon Banana Cheesecake Bourbon Coconut Cream

Bourbon banana cheesecake with bourbon coconut cream, cinnamon,
and dark chocolate shavings.

I thought that amount of chocolate looked nice for my picture but I immediately added more before I actually sat down to eat it. It was so creamy and I’m happy to report that it’s actually not so bad for you either! I’ll be sharing the recipe this week ๐Ÿ˜‰

Valentines

My valentine.

After just a few drinks [ha!] and with full bellies, we cozied up on the couch to watch the first episode of House of Cards [holy moly!] I hope you had as great of a day as we did. Perfect way to kick off the weekend!

Food for Thought

What were your plans for Valentine’s Day?
Do you stay in or go out to celebrate?

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10 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday #74: Our Valentine’s Feast

  1. Cute dress and the lamb looks divine!

    Our celebrations were so similar. We kicked things off with a bottle of champs, followed by a lengthy meal prepared by yours truly, and then lava cakes on the couch with some red wine and Frank Underwood ๐Ÿ™‚

    Unfortunately I fell asleep about 30 minutes in. I watched it later though…holy moly this season is going to be nuts!!

  2. BRITTANY! I CAN’T GET OVER THIS. That food looks bomb. Cheese plate YES PLEASE. I love Matilda! I love that dress on you. You look incredible. I know you wore that dress before your wedding. You looked amazing in it both then AND now. Own it.

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