As I mentioned in my previous post, Wednesday was our two year anniversary. Those two years have flown by, and I think I can speak for us both when I say that life keeps getting better and better. Being married to your best friend really is pretty awesome.
Having just gotten back from a week at the cottage with Adam’s family, and four days in Fort Wayne with mine we were eager to spend some time at home just the two of us. So instead of going out to a fancy dinner – we brought the fancy dinner home, cooking a four course gourmet meal for two.
We started with a cocktail, using the Cointreau we picked up at Duty Free on our way back from Fort Wayne.
The cosmopolitans got us through the cooking, and once we sat down to actually start eating, we opened a lovely bottle of Bourgogne Chardonnay by Louis Jadot.
The highlight of the meal… my favourite thing ever, seared tuna. We picked up a small filet of sushi grade tuna at St. Lawrence Market ($28/lb!!!), lightly seasoned it and flashed it in the pan. We cooked it a good bit less than the recipe called for (no more than a minute per side), because I like it pretty raw. And man was it good:
Then we moved onto our salad. We knew we wanted something with beets and goat cheese, and Adam insisted on using golden beets as well, so we found a lovely recipe using all of the above. We also didn’t bother with the mâche, but I suppose any lettuce would’ve worked. We were happy to find locally grown beets (golden and red) at St. Lawrence Market, and the resulting salad was colourful and absolutely delicious:
Our main course was by far the most time consuming, and also the least impressive course. Our plan was gnocchi from scratch. Something we’d done once before – and though at the time I thought that it was too much work and not worth it – that was also 3+ years ago and our cooking skills have improved quite a bit since then, so we thought we’d try again. We love gnocchi – surely homemade is worth it, right? Eh. Not so sure.
We thought it would be a good idea to pick a pretty simple recipe to ensure that the homemade gnocchi shone through… but perhaps this one was too simple. Don’t get me wrong, the gnocchi was good, but I would’ve much preferred more of that amazing tuna!
And now onto dessert… another recipe I’d gladly make again: Dark Chocolate Souffles with Cardamom Créme Anglaise. The créme anglaise definitely made the dish… a lovely smooth custard sauce served over the top of the warm souffles. The flavours reminded me a bit of those dessert balls that are always found on the buffet at Indian restaurants (yeah, no idea what they are called).
In all, an amazing meal with a few recipes to add to our list of things to make again!