My boyfriend Jono and I have kind of made it a tradition to spend valentines day together at home. I admit I do love eating out theres no question about that.. but I think as time as gone by I feel like valentines day is overrated… I’m not even sure if i’m using ‘over rated’ correctly. I do love the idea that people appreciate their significant other alot more on this particular day, however it gets me thinking about why people don’t show their love like this on normal days when it isn’t valentines day? Roses and flowers are about triple the price, you need to book weeks and possibly months ahead for restaurants and perhaps you need to buy a special gift. Maybe I’ve just become old and boring or something but I don’t think I really like the idea of my boyfriend spending tens or even hundreds of dollars to please me on one particular day. I think I am just happier spending my valentines day at home.
For the past three valentines day Jono and I have spent it together. Excluding our first valentines day in 2013 when we were in Singapore, for the past two he’s always cooked me dinner. This year was no different! Jono is a pretty busy guy. I know he works INCREDIBLY hard. Along with his five day a week full time job (where he leaves the house at 7:45am and gets home at 7:45pm), he also helps his father at a plant stall in Kings Cross on Saturdays. SO basically his only one day off is the Sunday. That is the day where he tries to fit in things that he wants to do. It’s not always easy to do that what with family commitments and trying to spend time with me as he’s a pretty DIY person. He loves making things and building things and never wants to waste a single minute of a day. This is why I really truly appreciate all the time and effort he put into choosing what food he wanted to cook, having to go out early to buy it all in between going to work and going to the gym and going to work on saturday and overall making sunday a really really fun day!
During the day, Jono gave me a really sweet typed up letter that he wrote in addition to the cute succulent and we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art. I registered to become a member! (YAY FREE ENTRY TO FUTURE EXHIBITIONS!!) … we checked out the new exhibition by Grayson Perry which I enjoyed even though I’ve never heard of him before. I even had a really good experience at the MCA cafe! basically they had really good service when my food wasn’t cooked properly and they gave me a new dish free of charge.. I think we stayed at the museum until about 4 or 5 and then headed home.
Jono prepared a feast for me with a three course dinner! In the span of two hours he cooked three amazing dishes! Entree which was an Ottolenghi nectarine salad with almonds and beetroot dressing, a main which was quail with burnt miso butterscotch and pomegranate salsa and dessert which was a strawberry, meringue and pomegranate smash! Can’t believe he was able to smash that out in a couple of hours… It would have probably taken me double the time! Here are some droolworthy pictures below!
In the end I couldn’t finish the dessert because it was just soooo fillinnggg but I enjoyed every single thing! I had a really really fun day just hanging out with him and having fun and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I tried convincing him that I will cook for him next year but he won’t let me because he says ‘its a tradition he wants to continue’.