I hope you’ve all had a great weekend, whether you were celebrating Valentine’s Day or not! I thought I’d do a little post just to tell you all what I got upto, which heavily features food and drink of course!
I started the day on my own for breakfast as George had to work until 2, but I still made it Valentine’s-themed by cutting my peanut butter and nutella toast into a heart shape (so Instagram-worthy haha!) This is my favourite breakfast at the moment and it really fills me up, and there’s loads of nutrients in there from the wholegrain bread, peanuts and hazelnuts so it seems like a treat but it does good!
When I picked George up from work, he surprised me with a bunch of beautiful red and pink roses, which I was thrilled with as we never have fresh flowers in the flat- they really brighten up our windowsill! I wish I had this Rob Ryan vase to put them in though, sigh…
When we went to buy food for our Valentine’s meal at Marks and Spencer, I saw these gorgeous roses below. I was lusting after the colour scheme so bad George had to walk away in embarrassment haha- probably because I stopped to take pictures from every possible angle! They are absolutely beautiful, but this bouquet was £25 which is a bit steep for flowers that will probably be dying by next weekend!
We didn’t do anything together during the day as such- just chilled out and watched some TV- but I did make myself something a bit different for my lunch. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try, which is baked eggs in avocado! I absolutely adore avocados, and I also love eggs, so I thought I’d love this healthy combination. Whilst it was still tasty, I think I prefer avocados cold as I think it lost its flavour a bit, but also I didn’t scoop enough of the flesh out so a lot of my egg white spilled out (hence the very dry-looking yolks!) I would definitely try make it again, though, but just add some more seasoning to jazz it up a bit.
Now, onto the main event of the evening! We did this last year as it was the first Valentine’s Day in our flat, but we loved it so much that we decided to do it again- the Marks & Spencer £20 dine-in specially for Valentine’s Day! It’s such good value because, not only do you get three delicious courses, plus a side dish, but you also get a bottle of wine and chocolates- yum. I love cooking from scratch, but I can trust M&S for some great oven-ready food when I don’t want loads of washing up, and they certainly deliver.
For our starter, we had these delicious pea and mint scallops. I had never eaten scallops before in my life, but I’m all for trying new things and they’ve always intrigued me. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked them, and the pea and mint puree complimented the delicate flavour so well. I love how they’re presented in a shell too- takes the presentation work off my hands!
For our main course, it was good old pie ‘n’ peas! The Chicken, Leek and Wholegrain Mustard pies we had were amazing, as were the rosemary potatoes, petits pois and caramelised onion gravy we had to accompany them! It was a very filling meal (not good for fitting into my tight LBD later on!) but it was exquisite and we definitely made the right choice.
Our dessert was indulgent and delicious. We chose the Salted Caramel Brownie Slices. These were really thin and long which was quite unusual, but it made it easier to cut off bite-size pieces! We bought our favourite Madagascan Vanilla cream to go with them, which is literally the most amazing cream ever and I highly recommend it if you want to be extra indulgent! There’s no picture of the actual food because they were difficult to get out of the packet intact and ended up a bit lopsided!
We washed all of this down with a glass of Moët, which some of my lovely friends bought me for my 21st in August. I was waiting until I started getting paid from placement to open it, but when I found out I’d be getting £100 a month I just didn’t fancy champagne as it wasn’t that exciting! I thought we’d save it for this day, and it was worth the wait and perfect for the occasion- I adore the pink and gold packaging!
The Merlot we chose as part of our dine-in was delicious- I don’t normally drink red wine but I don’t know why because I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be drinking it more often (and it has more health benefits than my favourite rosé- winning!) We were too full to open our chocolates, but I can’t wait to tuck into these soon.
After our delicious meal, we got dressed up and went into town for some cocktails! I wore one of the dresses I got from the Rock On Ruby Blogswap last weekend, which is a gorgeous glitzy little LBD, and will be featured in a post soon so watch this space! We went to Lucia’s Wine Bar and Grill in Harrogate, which is one of my favourite spots for a cocktail because they have a gorgeous outside heated terrace and the interior is beautiful too. The cocktails are very reasonably-priced for Harrogate too! We sat outside under the heaters which was lovely, before heading to find somewhere else on a busy Saturday night to have a cocktail. We ended up at La Tasca, which is somewhere I wouldn’t have considered for a drink before, but it was really enjoyable and chilled out compared to the packed out bars we passed on the way! I had my favourite- a mojito- and George had a Long Island Iced Tea, and they were really good.
So overall, we had a great day and it shows you don’t need to spend a load of money to be happy on Valentine’s Day! I love my amazing boyfriend and appreciate him every day of the year, but this day was just an excuse to be extra soppy. At the end of the day, as long as you spend it with the people you love, that’s all Valentine’s Day is really about!
Until next year…
How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Did you give/receive any unusual or handmade gifts? Do you prefer to eat out or stay in?