fancy dinner at home for two

after a saturday of brunching at bar matchless, fruitless thrifting, and picking up groceries, bob and i came back to his place for dinner and a movie.  stuffed beets and herb-roasted lamb chops were on the menu.  he cooked while i read the recipes to him and watched (haha).  but i wasn’t entirely useless.  i did make the marinade for the chops and the stuffing for the beets.  and i washed the dishes.  so there.

it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it, right?  not me!

stuffing for the beets: gruyere and parmesan cheese, garlic and bits of crispy bacon.

lamb chops marinated in garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and olive oil.  i love this tasty marinade.  also ideal for porkchops. 
dinner is served!

what a meal!  messy and a bit time-consuming.  but when you’re laughing and dancing to french jazzy music in the meantime, the time flies and the messes become funny.   

as for the movie, we watched catfish.  did anyone see the previews for this a few months ago?  it’s a so-called documentary (i can’t decide whether it was real or scripted) about a photographer who develops a friendship with a girl and her family over facebook.  it started out as one thing and ended up as something else (that’s the best i got without spoiling it).  the reviews for this are glowing, but personally i thought it was meh.  just my opinion.

how was your weekend? seen any good movies lately?

-jillian m.

p.s. did you know that drinking pure beet juice is highly discouraged?  it can cause side effects such as paralysis of the vocal chords and kidney stones.  that’s why it’s always recommended that you juice beets with carrots or apple juice.  and it’s to be consumed in moderation.  freaky!

18 responses to “fancy dinner at home for two”

  1. Linda [the young curator] says:

    i had no idea beet juice was so…dangerous!

    my weekend was great :] made chocolate nutella cupcakes with one of my roommates and my boyfriend, got a good amount of work done, and watched soooo much "american dad" hahaha

  2. jillian m. says:

    nutella cupcakes sounds perfect! i think i'm also going to make something with nutella this week…

  3. kitten roar says:

    oh my god, this whole meal looks so delicious. i've always been so scared to try beets, but these pictures make them look appetizing!! it all looks appetizing and so rustic!

  4. Justine @ Urban Scarlet says:

    thanks for you take on catfish — i was actually intrigued by the previews, but thought have tended to forget about it. movies with weird stories/endings tend to be indi… am i right? haha.

  5. theeclecticlife says:

    that looks like a seriously impressive meal!

    i saw catfish when it came out. from what i understand it's something that happened in real life and evolved into this crazy story. admittedly, i was regretful that i paid full price for it afterwards, but it was definitely a twist that none of us could forsee!

  6. Janey R. says:

    those stuffed beets look & sound DELISH! <3

  7. jacin {lovely little details} says:

    wow, looks delicious!! i've never made beets before but maybe i'll need to give it a try!

  8. Gloria says:

    this looks amazing! hope you were able to get all that scary beet juice off your hands :-)

  9. The Many Colours of Happiness says:

    Yummm, it all looks amazing! How fun!!

  10. christine, just bella says:

    This looks sooo good! And I've never heard that about beet juice – weird. I do love me some beats and borscht, thank goodness I married into a Ukrainian family!

  11. la petite coquine says:

    MMMM, what a delicious looking meal! Glad you guys enjoyed your weekend!

  12. Caroline says:

    UMMMMM let me just say those beats look divine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am making them this weekend. LOVE LOVE your photos from one foodie to another!! XO!

  13. Alena says:

    Such a beautiful meal! I love that you directed while he cooked :) So smart. Haha. I've been wanting to see Catfish, but I've heard such mixed things about it. Oh, and GREAT pictures!

  14. Gabriella {sensiblyluxe} says:

    Oh yum! It was a lot of eating out at restaurants actually, but your eating in looks like such fun!

  15. Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess says:

    That beet fun fact is crazy!

    Your dinner looks super delicious. I am a big fan of fancy dinners at home, and your pics are great!

  16. Tanya (a Taste of T) says:

    Oh my word it looks SOOOO tasty!

  17. Aquí says:

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