This weekend Wal and I had a really great ‘date’ night.  We spent the entire night talking and drinking wine.  No, we didn’t go anywhere.  Wal goes out a couple times a week for a quick pint or two at the pub around the corner.  The only problem with this is that he doesn’t really like to drink alone. When it’s busy he feels like a weird old man not knowing where to look or where to stand.  I told him he should stay home if he doesn’t like it and we’ll have a few drinks together.  On Satruday we put Squidge to bed and made dinner.  Seared tuna w/ a side salad and we tried some new wines.  Wal has been looking at New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and we picked up two bottles.  We’re pretty tight and only buy wines that are under a tenner.  The first one, Montana Sauvignon Blanc was nothing to write home about.  We then tried a Villa Maria  Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection and it was much nicer.  We had tried a Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin the weekend before and we luuurved it which is what got us started on trying to find others that we like.  We had it with prosciutto wrapped monkfish and it was unbelievably yummy.  Later in the week we picked up another bottle and had it with my chicken noodle soup- eh not so amazing.  So all those wine snobs might have a point- what you eat really does make a difference.  The Private Bin (our favorite) w/ the meaty fish and the salty prosciutto was a wonderful combination and I’d highly recommend it. 

After dinner Wal whipped out the creme brulee torch I picked up at Williams-Sonoma last summer.  He had already made the custard the day before so all that he had to do was add the sugar and melt it with the torch.  Can I say how much I love the fact that my man makes me creme brulee!! 

Can you see that big black box in the background?  That’s the step down transformer we finally bought, it will allow me to run the Kitchen Aid mixer and food processor I picked up this summer in the states.  We had a hard time finding one because the food processor is one hell of a machine and we needed one with enough volts.  It’s here and I’ve already used it!  I made toasted oat meringues- I had to use up the egg whites that weren’t used in the creme brulee.  I’m not a big fan of meringues but the toasted oats made them not so cloyingly sweet.  I don’t think I’m going to be able to eat more than one though.  I’m thinking about buying some fruit and making a pavlova-ish type dessert.

On the remodeling front we had another builder come by and we’re waiting for a quote from him.  I’m also looking at kitchen designs trying to narrow down the type of kitchen I want and more importantly can afford.  At the moment I’m driving Wal a bit nuts with all the kitchen talk- hee hee!!  I’m leaning toward white with nice oak floors.  I undecided on the countertops.  I thinking maybe wood countertops?  I don’t know if that is going to be wood overkill.  I’ve been thinking about an open plan kitchen.  Wal and I are trying to decide if we could live with that type of layout.  Any suggestions?  Oh and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that We’ll be going to Portugal this weekend.  Wal has to do some training in Porto Friday and Saturday so we might be joing him and make it a long weekend!!  

Squidge getting ready for her bath!


  1. January 14, 2008 /

    Can I mention how jealous I am that you are getting a new kitchen? How about granite countertops? They are really nice and would go with the oak floors very nicely!

    I wouldn’t want wood countertops because I’d be worried that there wood be ‘seepage’ of food stuff into the wood that I wouldn’t be able to clean off, or something would stain the wood and make it look ick. I’m constantly bleaching my wood cutting board, would hate to do that to my countertops all the time!

    Love the creme brulee! And as always, little squidge is super duper cute and adorable.

  2. January 14, 2008 /

    I’ve had a large open kitchen and a smaller kitchen that is removed from the living and dining room.

    Even though it’s smaller I greatly prefer the kitchen being tucked away.

    My kitchen is messy? My business. I am cooking? K can color at the table and I can still look out the doorway and see her. No one else has to be in the kitchen. It’s nice.

    As for finding a kitchen you can afford… not to be a consumer whore and a pusher but have you looked at IKEA’s kitchens?

    We hope to remodel our kitchen in the next year and we are 95% certain that we will at the very least be using their cabinetry as we found one that we fell in love with…

    plus, squidge is super duper cute with her little shirt hat and you have to love it when the husband whips out the flames and makes desert.

  3. jenty
    January 14, 2008 /

    White with oak flooring sounds gorgeous!! enjoy the remodelling! I agree with bubblewench, granite is the best countertop surface to get – it’s durable, easy to clean etc etc. And it looks good!

  4. maria
    January 14, 2008 /

    vvveerrryyy nice!!! my parents have granite.. It looks very nice..

  5. January 14, 2008 /

    sounds like a fun date night! I think I’m a fan of the open kitchen. We had one in our last place and it was nice to be able to cook and talk to whoever was in the living room. Now our living room is upstairs and our kitchen is on the bottom floor (with out a real sitting area). Our current place has granite counters (an ugly color leftover from the previous own). As a surface it’s great, although I’m not sure how it stacks up price-wise and it’s very hard and easy to break things on. How about a combination of something with wood?

  6. rachel
    January 15, 2008 /

    I think you just described my kitchen…you must come round and see it. I have some good suggestions about kitchen suppliers in the area.

    Granite countertops are beautiful, but if you get oil on them they do stain and they can (I believe)crack with heat…I have a shaker style kitchen with (never mind, I will email you some pictures)

    Creme Brulee…thats a prelude to a shag methinks!!! lol.

  7. lauramcintyre
    January 21, 2008 /

    Love the pictures, she always looks so happy.

    Sounds like a lovely night, i love spending the evening snuggling with my honey