One should always take time out of one's busy life to stop, smell the roses, and spend one entire afternoon/evening/night/next morning over-indulging in food and decadence ;) For those whose interest is now peaked...I am referring to what my day yesterday entailed. You all have heard of wine and cheese night. I last enjoyed that in November with Amy at the, then, soon-to-be Beran household. Upon completion of that evening of enjoyment, the four of us realized that we really needed to do it again. Life, in the form of weddings and trips and schedule, got in the way :( Finally, a night was agreed upon. The event was put into everyone's daily planners, and care was taken to ensure that NOTHING would prevent us from completing the new wine and cheese night...and the night grew from there.
Last time, we started off the night with smoking cigars, while sipping scotch. From there, we headed inside to the fire place where Jan's couches were set up in front of his fire place and the night started in earnest. Three kinds of wine, paired with four different cheeses, put all of us out for the count in front of a roaring fire. The next morning, we all woke up when we needed too, and continued on our day :)
Instead of telling how the night grew into being, I will just describe to you the end result. On Wednesday, I dropped off two KC Strip steaks for Jan to do a marinade for. 'MY' two steaks were kept and thawed for one of my signature rubs :) Me and Amy showed up at the Beran residence around five in the afternoon, and we got the grill going. The reason for the steaks was me and Jan had been bragging about our steak preparation techniques, so we decided to do a "steak-off." Best thing about an event like this, is that there are NO losers...because it is ALL good. I don't know what Jan put in his marinade, but my rub consisted of a slap-dash of the following spices: jamaican allspice, garlic salt, onion salt, paprika, lemon juice, sage, and Tony's seasoning. Five hours of sitting in that set-up ensured a thoroughly seasoned steak. When done, all four steaks could be cut with a butter knife, and you could have gotten by with just using a fork. So, the steaks went down with a healthy lubrication of a full bottle of wine split by the four of us.
Next up was the scotch with cigars (I smoked my pipe). From there we went inside, started the fire, cut up the cheese, uncorked another bottle of wine, and got the chocolate fondue going :) For those interested, the fondue was made of german chocolate, butter, and Kalua (so even the lactard of the group need not fear it) The dippers were fresh strawberries, bananas, and marshmallows. Once the fondue was consumed, we all got comfortable on the couches, and talked for a bit while sipping on wine and eating three VERY good cheeses with two kinds of Triscuits. As the need arose, we fell asleep one by one.
Fast forward almost ten hours, and we all drag ourselves out of slumber, make up a hearty breakfast of eggs, orange juice, and fried potatoes...as well as an extra strong dose of french-press coffee :) As you can see...decadence and over-indulgence abounded yesterday. But it was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. This weekend was so relaxing, so needed, and so perfect, that I am already eagerly anticipating the next time that it can occur :) I hope you all aren't too jealous...that your mouths are completely salivating...and that perhaps you all will be able to join in the next time :D