Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Day 2010

We have been very busy here with the necessary watching of the Olympics. We also were away in Portland Oregon for 5 days.  Jim had meetings in Portland and I was a tag along.  I visited the Japanese Gardens - which were lovely and of course Fabric Depot!! 

We are now right immersed in Olympic mode here in Vancouver.  It has been quite fun so far and we are early on...

Last night we had a nice Valentine's dinner as we watched the Olympics on TV and most excitedly watch Alex Bilodeau win Canada's first Gold medal.

Dinner was a Belgium theme as Jim tried to re-create the meal we had in Belgium 16 years ago when he proposed to me in a little cafe in the centre of Bruges

Belgium endive with goat cheese and shrimp with a bit of spicy lime hot sauce -- nothing to do with the dinner in Bruges - but very tasty!

Jim was very busy most of the day cutting up vegetables and making a chicken stock - I think the chicken stock took 4 hours!  Although he said it didn't.

The meal -- it was a dish that was sort of like a chicken stew but it was made with chicken and chicken stock and angel hair pasta baked with Gruyere cheese top.  He really did a good job this time.  We have tried to re-create this dish before without success - it is hard to keep the angel hair pasta from becoming over cooked and clumpy.  It was very good - well worth 4 hours of chicken stock cooking!

My contribution to dinner was a plum cake - make from plums from a plum tree we have out the back of the house.  I froze a bunch this year - I am often too slow to get any plums as the bear usually beats me it. 

Then the highlight of dinner was the Men's Moguls -- with the gold medal going to Alex Bilodeau.

We spent today downtown again immersed in Olympic fever!!  What fun - and I have some great pictures to post - which I will do in the next post.

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  1. Looks like Jim wins the gold for his fine Valentines dinner! And the plum cake ~ oh yum!! Tom and I were very happy to see Canada take a gold medal in Canada! Wonderful! :-D

  2. What a beautiful meal you cooked together for Valentine's Day.
    - it was a terrific show that Alex put on last night-
    It strikes me like Bilodeau is such a fine man as well as gold medal winner. It was a great show.
    Love seeing your OLympic experiences- looks like so much fun.

  3. What a wonderful Valentine's Day it sounds like you had!!
    I can't wait to see pictures from Vancouver -- we've been glued to the coverage!!