A Day of Love


February 14, 2011 by blackbirdideas

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope that everyone has had a day filled with love. Is it just me or is V Day not as fun when its on a weekday? I kept forgetting what day it was. If I wasn’t a teacher, I would probably have forgotten all together.

One reason I wasn’t thinking “Day o’ lub” is because bf and I did our Valentine’s last night. We went out for a great sushi dinner at one of my favorite sushi places (conveniently located in my ‘hood) called Shoya. I love this place because they are traditional Japanese, nothing too fancy, just good food. We sat at the bar and had a great time just being around each other :) That’s what its all about anyway right? Uh, I sound so dorky.

We ordered up a bevy of treats:

I realized how long it has been since I have had sushi! I need spring to hurry up so I can get my groove back! I had chicken hearts (my favorite), some yellowtail, some uni and salmon roe, and some toro.

I love to just sit and order sushi as we go. Then we got some Sweet Shrimp. I only like the fried heads. I think this is a classic example of “Anything is good fried.”

(*On a side note: Dang, I got the Verizon iPhone last week and it takes AMAZING pictures. I was shocked!)

We got this fish called Scorpion fish, apparently its poisonous, this one must not have been…. let’s hope.

So that was the bulk of my V Day. We exchanged cards in the morning and that was that. Simple sweet and not too fussy. Just how I like Valentine’s.

When I got home from work there were flowers for me from John. He never gets me flowers anymore. I was thrilled.

So to show him just how much I like flowers (and that he should get them for me more often) I made him his favorite stew right when I got home.

We have 2 boxes of oysters left over from Andrew’s 30th Birthday party this past weekend, so we had to put them to good use anyway. I made oyster stew for the first time last year and… I thought it was awful. It tasted like milk and oysters. Those are not 2 flavors that I like to mix. I am still not a huge fan of this stew, but its bf’s favorite and it is Valentines’s Day.

Luckily bf had been busy shucking oysters so I didn’t have to do any.

I got out my dutch oven, Jules, and slapped some butter in that baby. I was determined to make it more than just milk and oysters. Butter was a great way to start.

Then I diced up some celery and onions and added them to the mix.

I threw in a pack of pre-sliced baby bella mushrooms after the veggies had cooked for about 8 minutes. I let the mushrooms cook for about 5.

I added in a tablespoon of flour and made sure that everything was coated.

Then I slowly poured in (in 3 batches) 2 cups of milk.

Then I brought the whole thang to a boil to let the milk thicken up a little bit.

I turned the heat down and added in a can of Cream of Potato soup.

I added in a shake of Hot sauce and a sprinkle of salt…

…and a turn of the peppermill.

Now it was time for the main ingredient. The oysters. I love a good oyster.

The recipe that I was referencing called for 12 oz of oysters…. we used 48 oz. This was an oystery stew!!!! Like I said, we have 2 boxes to go through.

I poured in the 48 oz. of oysters and turned my stove up to high. I cooked the stew long enough to let the edges curl on the oysters.

Then, I was ready to serve it up! Look how many oysters are in that one scoop. Jeez…

I never seem to cook in the daylight, so I took advantage of the perks of the sunshine.

So, this was my Valentine’s Day gift to John. Happy oyster stew. He devoured it. It made me happy. Then he got a second bowl. I was overjoyed. Gift enough for me.

Happy Valentine’s bf.


Me, Stellar, Chum…. and Oinky (even though he hates you)

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Blackbird Ideas is a blog about food, family, and fun. I love spending time in my Atlanta, GA kitchen, but love to break free and have fun out of the kitchen as well! Visit the pages up top for my recipes and my "Teachers Pay Teachers" store. Welcome and please enjoy!

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