A Valentine’s Day dinner at home


Saturday, 11-Feb-2023

I’m in a bit of a non-standard relationship situation right now.

Yeah, yeah, shut up I know that’s normal for me. Okay, I get it.

I’m trying, and this is actually working fairly well for both myself, and my partners. That’s right – partners. I don’t often talk about my detailed personal life here, as strange as that is to say about a blog, but… it can’t be avoided when I’m posting two different Valentine’s Day events with two different people.

I’m dating two people non-exclusively – we’ve discussed it in-depth, and this is where everyone’s comfort level is right now. Their lives are a bit crazy and chaotic, and mine isn’t any more normal. You’ll see in mid-March, dear reader, when I post about my upcoming trip to Dublin and the reasoning behind it.

I love holidays, and Valentine’s day is no exception. How to juggle this with two partners, you may ask? Well… it’s easy, when the Universe helps you out. See, my partner Jess got hit with a last-minute work trip for Valentine’s day about two weeks beforehand – she’d need to be in The Bay for the 14th, so we needed to do something ahead of time.

I love cooking. I adore cooking for someone. And I very much enjoy fancy holiday meals.

If those pictures don’t tell the story for you, let me paint the picture a bit more clearly – I cooked up some AMAZING roasted Cornish Game Hens. For sides, Gnocchi and broccoli.

Recipe is at the end, but my special twist was the brine – I actually used a variant of my Thanksgiving turkey brine for this, and damn did it come out well. The sides were lovely, and Jess brought amazing wine and homemade ice cream cake.

It was a very nice evening.


– Brine = cold water, salt, and oranges. Simple and easy.
– Hens = https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/8938/cornish-game-hens-with-garlic-and-rosemary/
– Broccoli = steamed, with a bit of salt and butter and let to sear for 10s after the water boiled off
– Gnocchi = boiled, then seared in a pan with butter and truffle oil

2 responses »

  1. Wow, now you’ve made me remember how very good Cornish Game Hen dinners can be. Sounds like you and Jess had a nice meal to share !!! ❤️ 💙 💜 💖

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