So on Friday night my husband and I were supposed to have our first date out with just the two of us without the baby. My in laws came in to watch him for the evening. We were planning to go to one of our favorite restaurants - a popular spot, but not really known for being reservations required. It took an hour to get there - one train, one bus. And we got there and it was packed! They couldn't get us a table until 8:00 (we were there around 6:00). Of course we couldn't hang around for two hours with my in laws babysitting at home. So we had to turn around and come back. :-( We ended up having pasta with a quick marinara sauce.
Saturday, we decided to go back to the place, with reservations since we had a Groupon for dinner there that expires in a week. We took the baby and I had him in the sling, so he pretty much slept the whole time, except when he woke up for his own dinner. It was a great night out. We split gravlax and toast for an appetizer, and he got a roasted pork loin in a red wine reduction with mashed potatoes and braised red cabbage. I got Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers and ligonberries. And despite being lactose-intolerant I decided to cheat and got a chocolate mousse for dessert. It was soooo good, but I paid for it later... and I didn't complain for feeling sick since if you play, you pay.
Tonight I cooked Sunday dinner here at home. I made bacon wrapped center cut pork chops with apple and onions, braised in apple cider with a shot of brandy. Seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh thyme. I did a few boiled potatoes and had some sauerkraut on the side. Delicious and simple. And for some reason I was craving corn bread so I made a pan of that and called it dessert. We like northern style corn bread, so it's on the sweet side, so I suppose that counts.
Tomorrow, I'm not sure what I'm doing. We had a winter session of our farmers market, so I got some lovely looking Lacinato kale and cremini mushrooms. And I went to an old school butcher today and picked up some smoked kielbasa, a pair of apple bratwursts, a pair of Chicago-style bratwursts, a quarter pound of lamb sausage and a small pork and chicken liver pate with whole peppercorns. I'm kicking myself for not grabbing a cabbage or two at the market, so I can do up some choucroute and make my own sauerkraut, so hopefully they still have some next weekend.