I had planned all week for our big Sunday dinner. It begins on Wednesday or Thursday with me scouring through all of my saved recipes, then seeing what specials are in the stores for the weekend and making my shopping list. I found a special at Fresh Market- $6 lobster tails! I love them, Chad hates all shellfish so I got my lobster tail and we got him a nice piece of bourbon salmon. Sunday morning I prepped the homemade salad dressing, cut up all the veggies for the salad, roasted pecans and shaved the brussel sprouts for my side dish. At 3pm I was ready to put everything else together for an early and relaxing dinner when Chad gets a last minute call to go to work. Wah……
Well, my choice was to eat without him or wait for him to come home from work and eat at 8 or 9pm. Now, I had to work at 4am on Monday which means bedtime is at 7pm for me, so I decided to go ahead without him. Boo, sad…I hate cooking for just myself.
I decided I would maybe enjoy eating my lobster tail without him since he just can’t stand even the sight of any kind of shellfish anyway.
Chad loves brussel sprouts and I had found a new recipe for shaved brussel sprouts with a dijon vinaigrette so I was so excited to make this. We normally roast our sprouts but this recipe called for raw shaved sprouts. I mixed them with roasted pecans, a dijon vinaigrette and some fresh parmigiano cheese The worst part was shaving each individual sprout. And I had made a homemade Oregano-Feta salad dressing to go with all the veggies I just sliced up for the best garden salad ever! And now I was going to eat all alone.
So I boiled my lobster tail and then plated my dinner. I even lit a single candle for my single dinner….and I ate all alone.
Guess what? It was delicious! I never cook for just myself in all the years I lived in my own apartment. NOT ONCE. And now I ask myself WHY? Why did I never spend time in the kitchen cooking for just me? Especially when I love shrimp and lobster and Field Roast and Chad doesn’t care for any of that. (Plus I didn’t have to worry about burning his fish- he cooked and ate dinner when he got home later.)
Anyway, I thought it was going to be sad but it was kind of peaceful. I watched what I wanted to watch on TV and I ate what I wanted to eat. All good. Boiled lobster tail, stuffing (yes that was from a box), shaved brussel sprouts, a fresh garden salad and, of course, melted butter for the lobster.
The worst thing Chad could have done is leave before dinner. Now I will start to cook for myself and myself only….if Chad doesn’t like what I am serving up then OH WELL. (OK- just kidding- we had bought him a bourbon salmon fillet so he also had a nice solo dinner when he had gotten home. At least he didn’t have to stare at me eating lobster.) I ate like a Queen, watched MY girlie shows on TV and had a grand ol’ time. (Then I was in bed by 6pm for my 3am alarm. This was particularly hard as this was Super Bowl Sunday.)
Next time if I know in advance he will not be around for dinner I just may hit up my local grocery store for something that I love and he hates and enjoy my solo time!)
Here are the recipes I used: