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!