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#11 Mon 05 Feb 07 2:30pm

madcrow

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

Aloha all, especially James.. Well my perfect Valentine's Day was a few years ago.. Was on a private beach here in Australia on the East Coast, where we both went snorkling and caught fresh seafood, including oysters.. I had a few things in the hut kitchen so threw it together out on the beach fire.. Had great food, wine and talked, on a isolated private beach and slept under the stars by the fire..

Should tell lyou what was on the menu.. Had Champagne Mignonnette for entree.. Which was made up of oysters with a shallot, champagne and rice wine vinegar sauce / marinade.. For our main meal we had Lobster on an Asian Vegetable Slaw with a Mango Red Chili Sauce.. For dessert we just had strawberries.. I made this in our kitchen the following year, except with Chocolate covered Strawberries.. These recipes can be found in my Chronicles, Topic #36..:

http://forum.jamieoliver.com/viewtopic. … 07&p=4

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#12 Mon 05 Feb 07 2:34pm

Gibba

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

Well Mrs Gibba seems to be getting all excited about the new podcast tomorrow and this thread.  I've been ordered to come on-line and have a peek, now I see it's about valentine's day - have I been stitched up???

I guess I do have some making up to do after breaking down on the way home to Mrs Gibba cooking me a nice Jamie meal last year.  But I guess I'd much rather be at home than stuck on the M3 any night!

As you can tell, possibly being a bloke doesn't help, but I don't go a whole load on Valentine's day.  I think having a day set aside for whatever it's supposed to represent is just pants.  That's more because I like to do this sort of thing way more often than once per year on a set date.  For example, on Saturday I made fresh pasta and turned that into a cracking bolognese to munch through after the rugby - what a night! 

So I guess my perfect evening (Valentine's or otherwise) would be something along that line.  Good Italian food which we both love and a decent bottle of wine.

Gibba

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#13 Mon 05 Feb 07 2:56pm

La Luna

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

Hi Jamie

Perfect Valentine's for me includes a lovely dinner at home, enjoyed by all - hubby and the young Lunas. Candlelight, wine, music... time to chat, share the day, simply enjoying each other's company.
This year a seafood linguine, shrimp, scallops, bit of smoked salmon...

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#14 Mon 05 Feb 07 2:57pm

Dave Barker

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

C'mon then Jamie... What have you got planned this year? any romantic stories?

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#15 Mon 05 Feb 07 3:00pm

young mum

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

wave Jamie

I hope he takes me out to dinner this year  mrgreen

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#16 Mon 05 Feb 07 3:01pm

BrianG

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

Hi Jamie,

Just bought your new book, so i thought i'd cook a suprise romantic meal for my wife using a couple of recipes from your book. I've never ever cooked anything from scratch before were i had to buy the fresh ingrediants and prepare them before cooking the meal.  I'm a bit of a virgin to the kitchen. Made shortbread last night following the reciepe in your book and it turned out perfect. it's given me the confidence to cook a nice romantic meal for the blonde hair colonel.

Brian big_smile

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#17 Mon 05 Feb 07 3:02pm

Dave Barker

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

Got to go to work now, good talking to you Jamie... Looking forward to the podcast mate

All the best guys

Dave B

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#18 Mon 05 Feb 07 3:36pm

mercedes

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

I don't really buy into this whole lovey dovey nonscense---It's all put on by capitalist swines (I'm lying---I love getting flowers)!

With that said, my perfect fantasy Valentines day would be a dinner cooked by the whole family---nothing too fru fru just simple and good!

The boys go to bed at 7:00pm----okay thats pushing it a little so I'll go with 7:30!  And by some miracle they stay asleep! At around 8:00pm the furnace shuts off as does the power because oops we forgot to pay the hydro and gas bill(this would never really happen but its my fantasy)!!

After tidying up dinner, the mister and I realize we have no clean clothes---They are all dirty and smelly and we have to stay nekked! We retire to the bedroom and we are only left with one blanket to keep us warm as all the others have been used to keep the boys warm --now that the house has no heat!-----they are still sleeping like babies by the way------we jump into bed---remember nekked and cold and only sharing one blanket---and just as we are about to do the horizontal two step--the door bell rings--------I run down to answer it and it's --it's---OH MY GOD---it's Brad Pitt-----oh and he's brought along George Clooney and 25 other good looking men that have been on my shag worthy list-----by the miracle of my fantasy they are all dirty and wet and need to be nekked too!! Keeping with the family site aspect--- to cut a long story short there are 29 of us in my little queen bed all nekked and having to share my one little blanket-------It's Oceans 29 ---ahhhh----Cupid kicks ass!!

Happy Valentines Day Everyone------oh and p.s the boys slept in till 10:00am

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#19 Mon 05 Feb 07 3:56pm

ANN

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

Hi Jamie,  Just being alone with my husband is such a treat.  It doesn't happen very often with our busy lives.  (I don't have to tell you about being busy! lol )  My hubby likes a nice rare steak.  It's his favorite, so I'll probably cook steak.  I also liked the idea of mussels that you eat with your hands and feed each other.  Got that from Dave's thread. smile   Take care everyone!! big_smile

Ann

Mercedes,  Great story.  You should publish it!  Getting naked is almost a given on Valentine's Day.  (If you're alone!!) lol

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#20 Mon 05 Feb 07 6:23pm

Gibba

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Re: Tell me about your perfect Valentine's!

Right, after talking to the guys in the car on the way home...

Opinion there seems to be you should do something different to normal, and enjoy the food you like the most, spend a little cash doing it!

If you don't normally go out, find a nice restaraunt.  If you don't normally cook from scratch, stay in.  If you like curry, find something extra special you don't normally eat.  Maybe cook up some thai, but make it good.  You get the point...!

The other thing is, have a lot of courses, and make them all good.  Start with something you love, but small so you have an apetite left.  Then maybe follow with a starter and a main meal you love.  Have your dreamy sweet (chocolate?), then sink your teeth into some quality cheeses with a freshly ground coffee.

Hope this helps, I'm sure Mrs Gibba will be on later when she's home with some of her ideas.

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