Blah blah blah. It’s nearly Valentine’s Day again… blah blah blah… gag.
Can we tell I’m feeling a little bitter this year? (insert fussy face here)
I don’t like Valentine’s Day when I am in love and I really don’t like it when I’m not (like now). Silly, contrived holiday. But, I confess that I hate it so much because lurking deep down I really, REALLY want to love it. I’m a HOPELESS romantic…There. I said it. I would love nothing more than to be showered in chocolates, bathed in champagne and covered in lace (Yeah, I like fancy knickers.) Reading me Spanish love poems aloud wouldn’t hurt either. So, I’ll share my Valentine’s Day wish list with you. Perhaps your sweetie and you might enjoy it too!
Let’s start off with breakfast in bed. I’m not too big on breakfast myself, so I’m thinking if you just bring the bottle of Champagne Ulysse Collin (blanc de blancs for me of course) and some fancy knickers, we’ll be just fine.
Well. Now it should be around lunchtime, yes?
Obviously we aren’t going anywhere yet. So let’s stay in and cook up something delicious together in the kitchen! Eggs en cocotte are a fantastic option. I like mine with some shallots and mushrooms in the bottom and a little truffle oil in the cream mmmmmmmmmm. Serve with savory toast soldiers or triangles and just keep sipping that blanc de blancs.
- 4 tsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup cooked diced bacon or ham
- 1/4 cup plus 4 tsp. shredded Gruyère cheese
- 4 eggs
- 8 tsp. heavy cream
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Speaking of roses, it might be about time for a cocktail. The one I just posted yesterday Roseblood is PERFECT if I do say so myself, and I do.
Not into cocktails, how about a luscious red wine? I can’t think of anything that says “I love you” better than one of my all time favorite wines. “Mil Amores” by Forlorn Hope Wines out of CA. And because the winemaker Matthew Rorick is quite eloquent, I offer you his description of this gorgeous wine:
De Witt Vineyard Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, and Tinto Roriz
In the centuries-old Portuguese tradition, the De Witt Vineyard produces a field blend of classic Iberian varieties. Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, and Tinto Roriz combine the supple enchantment of a lover’s embrace with the savage artistry of the matador in our Mil Amores. Serve it cuisine from coarse to classic, or stay up with friends or a lover until dawn drinking toasts, dancing to gypsy music and telling outrageous truths: this bottle will be as welcome an addition to your dinner table as it would be spinning empty on the floor in the midst of a late-night fandango.
This ‘Wine of a Thousand Loves’ is quite the showman. Rich blue-black fruit drapes luxuriantly across a backbone of firm tannin and hides the teasing suggestion of exotic spices and earthiness; think Manolete dressed in haute couture. The cape rises, flutters; the beast paws the baked earth of the arena and charges; the matador’s face is impassive as the bull describes a tight arc around him. The pass finishes in a velvet-smooth, precise flourish of supple tannin and creamy black fruit, lingering with elegant poise.
Is it warm in here all of a sudden or what!? (Fans self) Whew! I sure am glad we are HERE and can stroll on the beach or jump in the water for a little while before we finish off that wine!