Friday, December 12, 2008

39 in 24 Hours


How I Spent My Birthday:

Slept late.

Woke up, went downstairs and made breakfast for Jayne: mediterranean scrambled eggs with feta, shallots, creme fraiche and a dash of caviar; white toast with honey butter; bacon fried in sherry and cinnamon; vanilla hazlenut coffee.

Fed, played with Inara.

Added a couple of things to the site.

Walked up the street in the rain to the store, bought The Dark Knight, rented Wall-E and Tropic Thunder. Bought Christmas cookie mix, new long-underwear shirt (because the crappy weather is nature's way of saying the Seattle look is back) and a travel mug for Jayne (not a Christmas present, just because she needs one).

Came home, put Inara down for her nap, watched Tropic Thunder with Jayne.

Woke up Inara, played with her.

Cooked dinner for Jayne: pork mignon with a mustard and brandy cream sauce; light salad; Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Watched Seinfeld.

Responded to some of the very nice Facebook birthday wishes.

Gave Inara a bath, fed her, put her to sleep.

Went to bed with Jayne.

Eventually fell asleep.

Had very nice dreams.

All in all, the perfect birthday.

22 comments:

Jayne said...

You make me look bad! Thanks for the great food, honey. Are you sure you don't want to be a chef instead of a writer?

Chez said...

I'd think I make you look pretty good, honey.

Anonymous said...

Truly, living the good life. Congrats all the way around!

Lily's Mommy said...

Happy Birthday. :) Sounds like you had an excellent day.

Just an idea but maybe you should open up a B&B. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Bday Chez. Enjoy your 30's and don't go full-retard. //c

Julie said...

What a beautiful picture and a RIDICULOUS meal, I will now spend the next ten minutes googling recipes for that sauce. Glad you had a great birthday!

Chez said...

It's easy, Julie. Reduce about a cup of veal or chicken stock for 10 minutes, put it aside. In a separate saucepan, heat a little bit of olive oil -- then add a chopped shallot and a couple of crushed garlic bulbs and let it cook for maybe five minutes. Throw in a couple of tablespoons of Dijon and stone ground mustard -- add brandy, worcestershire and about a cup of heavy cream. Finally add the reduced stock and let it all simmer, stirring until thickened.

The pork mignon should be coated in olive oil and fresh thyme, fried up in a skillet then thrown in a hot oven for five minutes or so.

Debaser said...

Sweet jeezus! Now that's livin'. I need to seriously up my game. Jealous as hell in the StL.

liz in austin said...

I'm so glad you had a great day. Sounds very relaxing and happy!

BTW, Jayne doesn't rent you out for brunches, does she? ;) That breakfast sounds so lovely, as does the dinner.

Enjoy. You have a great life, Chez. <3

aaron said...

Holy cow, the man can cook! My opinion of my formerly mad skillz has been greatly humbled - and you're right, that's about as good a birthday as you could ask for. How many wishes did you get, anyhow?

You could always do catering...

Al said...

Me out of work:Yellow mustard sammiches on Wonder bread.

Chez out of work: Some serious gourmet shit.

(apologies to Samuel Jackson)

Glad you had a good day.

Anonymous said...

Now here is an example of eating really well. Much smarter than Subway. Jayne influence obviously. Otherwise, Subway a la Votar?

But certainly not a lazy as Votar..and has his priorities in order...

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Chez

winged unicorn said...

many more, chaz.

had dinner with a friend yesterday, it was her birthday too. her mother argued that she outranked me, being 4 or 5years older and her daughter being older than any of my girls. my response: the sum of my kids is greater than hers, ergo i am the SUPREME MAMACHAN!

hipster cards-great fun doing custom cards.

tough turning 39- no. it's not. what's tough is turning 40 when someone you love is will be 39 forever.

sidebar: how do you find time to cook/work/think with an infant? when my girls were little i made soup. chop vegetables with right hand while cradling infant in left arm. throw veggies in pot while cradling infant in left arm. sit for an hour breastfeeding infant. turn on stove with left hand while cradling infant in right arm...ad infinitum...

ah. the good old days. makes my boobs throb.

VOTAR said...

That sauce is just heavy cream with some flavors added, Tom.

I'm no nutritionist, and I'm sure it was delicious, but I'd hardly call it smarter.

Doc said...

Happy Birthday! For your day, we woke up at midnight as the ice storm flickered the power, and subsequently every electrical device in the house on and off. Waited for sun to come up, chipped through ice to get into car, go to work (heat! lights! civilization!). Now in hotel waiting for chinese food delivery.

All the others who didn't get hotels...let them eat (birthday) cake!

Jeremy said...

Mmmmmm, veuve clicquot...

You know, discovering what an epicurean you apparently are, I have to recommend that, on the off chance you ever have any of that semi-flat champagne left over the morning after (haha, as if, I know) use it to deglaze the pan when making fried apples. It makes all the difference in the world.
Tart granny smiths, unsalted sweet cream butter, cinammon, fresh vanilla bean, and then deglaze with the champagne. With fresh biscuits, best morning after breakfast ever.

Sounds like an ideal day. Glad you had a happy birthday.

Girl With Curious Hair said...

Well, it seems like you had a beautiful day. Although I am seriously, seriously depressed. When I eventually get tired of being 29 and turn 39 forever, I'll have my work cut out for me.

Laser Rocket Arm said...

Enjoy this year, Chez, because this time next year you'll be screaming and clinging to the sides of the mattress as you realize you've crossed that invisible threshold of No Longer Young.

Or just do what I did on my fortieth--get loaded like a college student with all your friends.

Deacon Blue said...

I remember the days I used to cook Mrs. Blue some serious gourmet stuff at times...then, inexplicably, she took over cooking almost 100% and now I'm limited to a few comfort foods I do really well, and even that only once in a while.

Saves me some work, but still kinda sucks. May you and Jayne enjoy many foodie-friendly years to come.

Izar Talon said...

I', tremendously sorry it's belated, but I was very sick and slept all day.

But...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHEZ!!!!

I'm very happy you had a good birthday!


No go out this weekend and have a special birthday weekend!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love how you loved that day. Some men don't realize what they have, but you do. :)