A Frugal Valentine’s Day

Chocolate dipped fruit

Valentine’s Day isn’t usually a big deal here in Australia, but since it was mine and Mr S’s first one together, we decided we wanted to celebrate a bit.

Mr S had surgery the day before Valentine’s Day (on Friday the 13th!) so we didn’t really have a choice about having a low-key day. Luckily that’s the kind of people we are!

Green breakfast

We started the day with a yummy green breakfast: scrambled eggs with homemade pesto and blue cheese with a side of avocado.

Beef burger paleo

For lunch we had homemade burgers (from this book) with sweet potato chips, lacto-fermented salsa and salad from the garden.

Lamb with corn

And for dinner we had Jamie Oliver lamb skewers (that I got from the reduced rack!) with fried eggplant and corn on the cob.

Homemade mint choc chip ice cream

Then for dessert we had homemade mint choc chip ice cream (based on this recipe, with homemade chocolate drizzled through while it was churning in the ice cream maker). We also dipped fresh strawberries, fresh figs, dried strawberries and dried mandarin slices into homemade chocolate.

And the day wasn’t all eating! Since we were housebound, we watched The LEGO Movie and episodes of Game of Thrones on the computer.

All in all, it was a nice day and we didn’t need to spend a lot of money.

What did you get up to for Valentine’s Day?

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  1. I had forgotten that it’s summer for you. It’s nice to your fresh vegetables.

  2. Glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves! We went out on Friday night and stayed in on Saturday because of impending weather – still had a great time. I was a waitress so we usually avoid dining out on holidays anyway.

    And speaking of Friday the 13th, we have 2 more this year! One in March and another in November.

  3. It sounds like a nice day and the food looks great as always.
    We did the most romantic thing on Valentine’s Day: we went out to buy soil and pots for me to plant my strawberry and raspberry plants in. And I thought it was perfect.

  4. I thought I left a comment earlier – I have lots of problems on my phone!

    Congratulations on your first Valentine’s together! The food looks amazing. I’m especially impressed with the choc-chip ice-cream. I’d love to find a vanilla choc-chip version though – it’s surprisingly hard to find these days in ice-cream shops!

    We usually studiously ignore Valentine’s Day (we must be getting ‘old’!) but it was fun watching the seniors at school go to town decorating their entire building.

  5. Belated congrats on your first Valentine’s Day together, I hope Mr S is ok following his surgery! It may have been a low-key valentines, but it all looks delicious 😀

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