I don’t know if it’s obvious from a quick glance through my blog, but I’m quite a fan of eating out – usually, any excuse and I’m the first in the queue, making reservations at any and every restaurant I’ve been looking for a reason to dine out at. Valentine’s Day, however, is the one exception to my rule. Restaurants are so much more expensive, and busier, and you have to eat from a set menu which often doesn’t include things from the a la carte menu I’d really want to order, and it all just seems like a bit of an unnecessary fuss. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to celebrate it, though – as much as it might be seen as a clichéd, Hallmark-invented day, I think it’s always nice to take a moment and be grateful for the people in your life who love you. So this Valentine’s Day I decided we would stay at home and I (shock horror) would cook.
The evening started well with my boyfriend spoiling me with a card and gifts. I then shooed him off to the gym so I could set the table!
I decided to cook all his favourite foods – mini toad in the hole and cold meats for a starter…
Steak (with macaroni cheese and homemade chips) as a side.
Too full for dessert, we flopped on the sofa and listened to music. I was really happy and felt it had been a lovely evening.
Now, I may have mentioned before that I live within a stone’s throw of the o2 (or the Millennium Dome, as some of you oldies may still call it). Around 10pm, we heard some almighty bangs from outside. It had been raining and blowing a gale outside all day, so I initially assumed it was thunder, but when we got up to look, we realised it was fireworks over the river!
Despite my boyfriend’s pessimistic belief that they would be over by the time we got outside, I insisted we give it a go, and we hurriedly pulled our shoes and coats on and rushed downstairs. When we got there, we realised that they weren’t just any old fireworks…
They were heart shaped fireworks!
It was such a beautiful, exciting moment – the icing on the cake of what was already a perfect evening. I hope you all had a lovely evening too!