Thursday, February 16, 2006
Valentine's Day is a day devoted to making money on chocolates, flowers that will die and cheesey cards. Which isn't to say that I don't want chocolates, flowers and cards, because I'm American through and through, I love to conspicuously consume. But often the day is sad, feeling like you're the only one in the whole wide world who doesn't have someone special to love and be loved by. I wasn't in this situation, the roommates and I had a sushi-fest!
We had a mish mash of rolls, crab meat, avacado, spicy tuna, salmon. Yum yum.
We also made a cold soba noodle salad. Soba noodles are spaghetti-like, but they're made from buckwheat instead of white/semolina flour. Alison shredded a carrot and we added baby corn, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, celery and broiled/barbecued tofu to the cooked, drained and cooled noodles. Then Steph and I whipped up a little sauce that was part soy, ginger, peanut, honey and fish sauce and tossed it with the soba and veggies. This was by far one of the best things we've made up off the tops of our heads.
Okay, so we had something similar at Kisso down on Race St, but really, it was our own creation.
I took the semi-homemade route with dessert. I made a homemade strawberry sauce, which is just strawberries (I used the frozen bagged variety, but I let them thaw on the counter) and a little vanilla and honey whirred together in a blender. I bought a chocolate chip pound cake from whole foods, cut nice slices, added some ice cream, the strawberry sauce, some whipped cream and a little drizzle of chocolate sauce on top.
We sat on the couch and ate out sinful dessert and watched the Olympics. And I loved every minute of it. I gave Stephanie the nickname "T-Rex" ( I thought of you Natty!) because when Stephanie is explaining a story or something, she'll often do these expressive arm/hand gestures that make her look like a little T-Rex. So from now on, everyone can feel free to call Stephanie "T-Rex" instead of Stephanie. She loves it, honest.