Men are funny. I can usually count 10 calls for romantic dinner service the day before, and double that the day of Valentines Day. Most just do not think about it far enough in advance, and panic when they realize they’ve forgotten. In fact one gentleman was so flustered he left several messages for us, but forgot to set up his voice mail, so we couldn’t leave him message when we responded, sorry – we did call you back.

Valentines Day many moons ago

Valentines Day many moons ago

Romantic Dinners happen to be one of my very favorite services The Roving Stove offers. It’s beyond heartwarming when a spouse wants to surprise their better half with a special evening. The couple I cooked for this year were particularly so, because it wasn’t just a last minute gesture – this husband put a lot of thought, effort, and tender loving care into the evening as well.

Roasted Balsamic Pear Salad

Roasted Balsamic Pear Salad

He booked me weeks in advance, planned every detail from arranging for a friend to distract his wife so it would be a surprise, to getting the grandparents to baby sit their 8 month old baby, carefully chose a menu with her favorite delicacies, bought all new dinnerware, her favorite wine, and the most beautiful centerpiece of roses I think I have ever seen. Sigh, my faith in romance has been renewed, and it was such a joy to be a part of making her feel so happy.

Sous Vide Lobster & Shirmp with Champagne Beurre Blanc

Sous Vide Lobster & Shirmp with Champagne Beurre Blanc

They started with a roasted balsamic pear salad with Gorgonzola and toasted pecans, followed by  (for her) lobster prepared sous vide for tenderness, then finished off in clarified butter with shallots and herbs, and a Champagne beurre blanc (so delicious I wanted to bathe in it), and pecan crusted salmon for him – both with a medley of steamed vegetables and potatoes Anna.

Chocolate Lava Cake with Raspberry Coulis

Chocolate Lava Cake with Raspberry Coulis

For dessert, he requested chocolate lava cake alla mode with raspberry coulis, and a glass of Champagne with a couple raspberries – my queue to slip out the back door quietly.

Why I love working on Valenttines Day

Why I love working on Valenttines Day

I also did a special Valentines Day menu for my Personal Chef Approach members with elegant, but easy make-ahead dishes. This is what Kim Cuccia had to say about her evening, “Mine was great… Fire, champagne, the new James Bond movie and your Valentine’s Day Menu #1. My husband said it’s the best dinner I’ve ever made. It was delicious, and so simple to prepare! Thank you Jewels.”

Sizzling Maple Glazed Salmon

MENU 1

Lady Marmalade Oven Fried Coconut Shrimp
with

Sweet & Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce

Sizzling Maple Glazed Salmon
and
Rice with Peas

Pear & Almond Crumble alla Mode

It’s not too late to try this menu or one of the two others out for yourself – I’ll leave the menu plan up for another week in case any of you non-members would like to try it too – you can purchase it in the shop. How was your Valentines Day this year, and what did you have for dinner?

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  • February 17, 2013
    10:55 am

    Everything looks gorgeous and scrumptious!! *trues not to lick the screen

    • February 17, 2013
      10:00 pm

      I was really proud of that dinner. I’m going through one of those stages where I’m in love with cooking again – and good job too, because I’m cooking for clients 7 days a week at the moment.

  • February 17, 2013
    12:39 pm

    Valentines day is not that exciting with 3 kids! One had netball practice and one had soccer practice at 7pm till 9pm! Although hubby did mange to surprise me with a beautiful arrangement of roses yesterday. That means more to me than him feeling pressured into getting me flowers on valentines:)
    I do think that your choc lava cake looks Devine!! Pity I am dieting to get skinny for my trip to London/Paris with my girlfriends :(

    • February 17, 2013
      9:56 pm

      I always think it’s those unexpected gifts that mean the most – it shows he was really thinking about you, loves you, and doesn’t need a reason (or holiday) to show it.

  • February 17, 2013
    9:47 pm

    Oh Jewels……..I love everything on that fab menu you made. Lucky lady and what a lovely hubby to arrange it all. That lobster/shrimp dish looks to die for…….oh I so want that one!
    My Valentine’s Day was with my two little cherubs and hubby of course. We had a BBQ in the backyard then went for a walk to the beach. It has been so hot here in Melbourne (Oz). Light meals or hubby cooking for us is what we have all enjoyed.

    • February 17, 2013
      9:54 pm

      I wish I had a photo of the salmon I made for the husband – I made it with the orange blossom honey YOU sent me! I am really enjoying my care package, thank you so much. xo

      • February 18, 2013
        4:32 am

        Your welcome Julie Anne :-)

        Mmmm…….Salmon with the orange blossom honey…..Wow!
        Sounds divine!

  • February 18, 2013
    9:09 am

    Fantastic! What a fabulous meal and so thoughtful!

    I was delivering 6 dozen cupcakes to the girls school but was presented with a starbucks card on the way home so was more than happy to spend it! I loved the home made cards the girls made and so much more meaningful than the $8 minimum the cards were at the store.

    The photos are stunning! Licking the screen is right!

    • February 19, 2013
      10:54 am

      I’ll bet those cupcakes were equally delish!

  • February 18, 2013
    9:17 am

    Oooh! What a scrumptious looking dinner. Lucky lady!

    I worked the second shift at my job on Valentine’s Day, but was wished a happy one by several clients, which was nice. My husband and I went out for sushi to celebrate on Saturday, and it was lovely.

  • February 19, 2013
    10:54 am

    So long as you got your celebration in, that still counts Rachel!

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