Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. pure and simple.
But it can easily turn into an overthought scramble to find the perfect a decent gift for the one you love… or is that just me? At our house, V-day sets in motion a three month spree of birthday and anniversary gifting, not to mention the fact that we just exchanged Christmas gifts AND we’ll be adding in mom and dad’s day this year.
Trying to think of fun and unique ways to express love and appreciation on each one of these special days can be overwhelming for me, an unnatural gifter.
So this year, we decided to skip it… not the holiday itself (that just seemed wrong) but the scramble. And in its place, we established a family-friendly tradition (since we’ll be one in T-31 days!) – spend the day cooking up a French feast, with the help of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Several other tradition potentials were entertained, mostly revolving around heart-shaped food or hand-written notes, but this one seemed to fit us best. It emphasizes quality time together and culinary adventures… two things we value a lot around here.
And let me just say, it was a HUGE success. Waking up the morning of with no pressure or expectations was beautifully freeing. The only thing on my mind was a joyful dose of anticipation for the time (and tastes) we would share together. Such a refreshing change!
This was our menu:
Jarrets de Devant
Oignons Glaces a Brun
Champignons Sautés au Beurre
Pommes de Terre a L’ail
Reine de Saba
Otherwise known as:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Chocolate and Almond Cake
Here’s a visual depiction of how the day went down:
All in all we spent roughly seven (yes, SEVEN) hours prepping in the kitchen, all of which culminated into one lovely, home-made French dining experience. Not one iota of letdown to be found. And the best part? We continued feasting off our efforts for the next seven days, seriously. well worth it by anyone’s standards