Last week I wrote a post titled 5 Tips for A Romantic Valentine’s Day at Home. 4 days later, for Valentine’s Day, I took my own advice and did the things I posted on that list.
I didn’t do a formal invitation, but I told Husband that we would be having dinner at 8 in our dining room, while simultaneously barring him from an entire portion of the house while I set up. Other than that, his only instructions were to dress up and to supply our evening play list. I took advantage of our empty dining room to create a canopy and lounge space after being inspired by a photo I saw on pinterest. I built it out of some sheers we had around the house and I was a little nervous at first, because I didn’t have a back up plan and I was a slightly afraid that with all my tinkering the chandelier would fall because of the additional weight -not from us hanging from it after dinner, but from the sheers. I was wrong. It was great. Nothing broke. I brought out our fancy china, the chargers, the toasting flutes from our wedding, pillows from our bed, and arranged an assortment of candles to show that I meant business. The set up was great. Husband was very impressed. And now I have no idea how to top it for next Valentine’s. I really set myself up sometimes. *le sigh*
My final tip was to serve something special. Now, I cook 5+ days a week. Sometimes twice a day. There really is no specific reason why any meal is more special than another. It’s n ormal around here. I really had to dig deep to try to do something nice and different this year as it was our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. I decided to use my InterCourses cookbook as an inspiration and use a menu entirely based on aphrodisiacs. I went through…page by page…and picked some items that I thought would make for a great dinner, choosing some of the actual recipes for some dishes and just taking cues on ingredients for others. Of course, it’s important to pick things your partner will actually eat. Our aphrodisiacs were ginger, strawberries, honey, rosemary, chocolate and champagne and there was at least one of these items in every dish. It does sound like, based on the abundance of inspiring ingredients, that our night would have been filled with some steamy hot coitus following dinner, but I honestly wasn’t expecting it to work. I just thought it would be fun to try. I was right, per usual.
For our entree, we had cornish hens with a strawberry balsamic sauce. I’ve never served cornish hens for Husband before, and he was surprised to see a “whole chicken” on his plate. They were so cute and delicious. It was worth it. I served our little chickens with a side of rosemary risotto and orange glazed carrots with ginger and honey. For dessert, we had chocolate croissants. As our drink for the evening, we had mango ginger bellinis.
And it was ALL amazing and we weren’t super stuffed when it was all over -perfect for a post dinner work out. Was there some kind of irresistible urge to make love? Maybe, but I’m almost sure the entire bottle of champagne had to do with it. I think that’s called being tipsy, which is probably why champagne made the list.
All in all, it was a very romantic experience aphrodisiacs or not. As an alternative to overwhelming yourself trying to get it all into one meal, I’d suggest trying a thing or two at every meal throughout the week just to see how you feel. When coupled with a proper ambiance, it’s sure to inspire some loving feelings, and if that fails, just drink more champagne!