Valentines Day

February 16, 2012

Remember when I said that I wasn’t going to bore you with more lovey dovey stuff? Well that’s all very fine and good, but then Ben went and made me a Valentines dinner that was too sweet to not share. So I’m going to. Warning: lovey dovey-ness ahead.

On Valentines Day evening, I arrived home from a long 4.5 hour drive to find my man cooking. I love it when he gets in the kitchen, whatever tasty creation that emerges is always creative and inspired and full of flavour – he’s fabulously eager with the spice, garlic and zest!

I did my bit to help by setting the table…

and waiting patiently for what appeared to be some sort of Indian dish, deduced from the hungry peeks I sneaked around the kitchen door. But soon enough I could not wait any longer, and so I tiptoed around the kitchen and took a few happy snaps. Just to capture how wonderful he is. Love it.

And then it was time to plate up…

Moroccan Chicken with Carrot Pilaf.

It was supremely yummy. My man did good, kids.

He used two different recipes (links 1 and 2), after deciding on a whim that he felt like a Moroccan meal. Instead of using a whole chicken, as the recipe instructs, Ben used two chicken breasts, cut down the oil but kept the spice quantity the same. I told you we like spice! He also used olive oil instead of ghee and added sultanas to the pilaf, which was a great move. I debated keeping the leftovers for myself, but I gave them to Ben. Because I love him. Or because I’m stupid. Yeah, right about now I’m thinking it’s because of the latter.

Time for a little gift exchange…

I found Ben a picnic basket at an op shop recently, and thought it was a bit cute.

So I bought it and put a Tootsie Roll and love heart chocolate inside. Have you ever tried a Tootsie Roll? I haven’t, but they sound cool. And I’m pretty sure I’ve heard them mentioned in American movies. So I bought one. We’ll see what it’s like!

Ben bought me a beautiful block of Koko Black chocolate for a little Valentines sweetness.

So there you go, our Valentines Day. Not too much mushy love mush, rather quite a suitable amount, I feel. Ample mush.

Heidi xo
  • xoCATox February 16, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Oh, how sweet! Looks like you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! What a superb cook your man is, you lucky girl!

    Love the picnic basket present. My man recently gave me one and I am in love with it. You can see it here! 🙂 I used my old picnic basket to take us on a lovely Valentine's Day date!

    They're the best! I'm sure you and Ben will make fantastic use of it! 🙂 xx

  • Jennifer (Delicieux) February 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Awww what a wonderful meal!!! How lucky are you? Sadly my fiance doesn't cook much anymore, but it really is such a treat when he does because it's always so nice to eat someone elses cooking for a change!

    I love the picnic basket….and Koko black chocolate…mmm!

  • CC11 February 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm


    i wish my man could cook like that!

  • Michelle Chin February 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I love tootsie rolls too! <3

  • Lisa February 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Awww what a lovely thing to come home to. I'm a lucky girl and came home to a similar scene (except butter chicken was on the menu for me) and even better was the surprise of the flowers in the fridge!

  • Heidi February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Cat – Love your picnic basket!! Yes hoping to use it soon for a lazy afternoon in the park 🙂

    Jennifer – agreed, it's a nice change!

    CC11 – tres spoilt 😉

    Michelle – we're yet to try it! It looks…interesting… 😛

    Lisa – top marks, top marks 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Hehe that Bonjour Amigo in scrabble tiles is so cute! And what did you think of the Tootsie roll? I haven't tried one yet but I love Junior Mints 🙂

  • Hannah February 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    A perfect Goldilocks amount of love. Not too hot, not too cold, juuuuuuuust right. 😉

    P.S. Oh lord my stomach turns at Tootsie Rolls though, particularly the faux-chocolate kind! Do let me know what you think 🙂

    P.P.S. I didn't want to leave this comment on an icky note. So… HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE!

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan February 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Dear Heidi,

    Happy Valentine's and I love that picnic basket especially with that chequered tea towels. We have one that is like a backpack and we can't do without it in summer 🙂

  • Heidi February 17, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Lorraine – we're yet to try it! But I have tried junior mints – it's all for the novelty factor 😉

    Hannah – hahaha appreciate it 🙂 yes, I'll let you know what I think…. :S

    Chopin – yay! can't wait to use it!

    Heidi xo

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Ohhh Happy Valentine's day and keep the lovey dovey posts coming 🙂 I love reading them! I think it's so sweet that Ben made you such a lovely V day dinner ~ I haven't seen the tootsie roll before ~

  • Hannah February 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Oooh looks flippin' tasty! And mush is good, keep it up…it's all so sweet 🙂 x

  • Iron Chef Shellie February 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    you guys are PERFECT… there I said it 😛 What an amazing!

  • Heidi February 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Daisy – awe thanks 🙂

    Hannah – hehe good to know!

    Michele – thank you, that is so sweet. YOU'RE perfect 🙂

    Heidi xo