dinner for two

Imagine #36: Silent Treatment (Calum Hood)

Requested: Yes

Word count: 950

Story line: Calum forgets your date night and you give him the silent treatment.

I couldn’t believe Calum forgot about our date night. I was so angry that my hands were shaking. I had to close my eyes and count to ten to calm myself, it didn’t work though; I was still angry. I prepared the perfect dinner for the two of us (which was his favorites dishes), I put candles around the room because I wanted a romantic atmosphere. And he didn’t even call me to tell me he was going to be late. Or for telling me he wasn’t going to come home at all because it was midnight already.

I picked up the things from the table, I put out the candles and I went to the bedroom to take out the dress I had bought for that night. I had put so much effort for that night was great that I felt useless now that Calum had forgotten about it. It wasn’t our anniversary or my birthday or anything important but Calum and I had a date night every month and in the three years we have been together, he had never forgotten (or me). So that’s why I was making a big deal about it, because he hasn’t even called me to tell me he wasn’t coming, which was the least he could do.

I put my pyjamas on and I laid down in bed. I closed my eyes and I tried to sleep but I was still too angry to get some sleep. Few minutes after, I heard the front door open, then steps and then the bedroom door. There it was Calum, sneaking in, trying not to wake me up; little he know I was already awake. By mistake, while he turned on the lights. “Damn”, he murmured. He saw I was awake and his face relaxed and a smile appeared on his lips. “Hi, babe. I thought you were sleeping”. I didn’t say anything, I rolled over and I closed my eyes again, trying to sleep. “Babe?”, he asked, confused. He walked over to the bed, he sat on the edge and moved his hand to move away my fringe from my forehead but I didn’t let him.  “Okay, you’re angry at me. What did I do?”, he said after a sigh. I didn’t want to tell him what happened, I wanted him to figure it out by himself. “Really, baby? You’re giving me the silent treatment?”, he sighed again, “It has to be bad then”. He got up and he began to take his clothes off in order to put on his pyjama. Then, he started talking: “It’s because I didn’t call you? I’m sorry, baby. Me and the boys spent the day at the studio, writing and recording some songs for the next album. I have been very busy and, truth be told, I didn’t know what time was it until the guy from the studio told us we had to go home”.

Calum got into the bed when he finished putting on his pyjamas. We were facing and by his expression, I could see he was really tired. I was about to sigh and give up when he opened his eyes and half-yelled:  “Oh my God, it’s date night I totally forgot! I’m the worst!”, he bit his bottom lip. “Baby I’m so sorry! I… I… I don’t have any excuse. God, why didn’t you call me?”. Oh my God, I couldn’t believe he was telling me that. I called him a million times! I looked at him with anger and I rolled over again. “You called me, didn’t you?”, he mumbled. “Jeez, baby. I’m so sorry. Please, forgive me?”.

I wasn’t going to forget him so easily. I turned off the lights, telling him this way I wanted to sleep but I guess Calum wasn’t a quitter because I felt his lips on my neck and he began to leave a trail of kisses. “I’m so sorry, Y/N”, he mumbled into my skin. His hand grabbed my arm and rolled me over, so this way I was facing the ceiling. Then, he straddled me. Although it was dark, some light came through the window so I could see his face and his face was telling me that, in one way or another, we were going to end the night having sex. Or maybe that was subconscious speaking. Whatever it was, I was starting to lose my anger when Calum started to kiss my neck again. “I hate when you give me the silent treatment. I like a few things in this life and one of them is your voice”, he confessed. “I know I’m an idiot. I’ll make it up to you. I promise”.

“You could have started with that” I finally said. Calum held back a smile because he knew he wasn’t entirely forgiven.

“Idiot is my second name, baby. You know that”.

“I hate you. Seriously, I hate you” I repeated, venting. “I prepared your favorite dishes, I put candles everywhere and you fucking ruined it. I fucking hate you”. I felt like my eyes were filled with tears. Calum grabbed both of my hands and kissed them.

“I know it’s not much but I’m really sorry. I didn’t do it on purpose. It have been a few crazy days but I promise you I’ll make it up to you”, he repeated.

“I know”, I mumbled.

“Can you forgive this idiot who loves you so much, so much, that is willing to do anything for you?”. I laughed slightly, more relaxed and I nodded. “Maybe I can start with some…. sex?”, he said hopefully. I guffawed.

“You’re an idiot”, I said while I got up slightly to kiss him.

Dinner For Two

With Adrien at Tommy’s, Marianne was free to freak out in her room for a few minutes before she was forced to go to the kitchen to whip up a meal for her and Henry. To say she was a nervous was an u nderstatement. She had dressed a nd redressed four times over before she decided on the first thing she had put on, a simple daisy printed dress. Her hair was a mess, at least to her, loose strands falling from the ponytail she’d put it, but at this point she simply did not have the time to worry with it. 

In the kitchen, she got things together to make roast beef, knowing it was a favoirte of Henry’s. The familiarity of it all made her heart twist painfully in her chest and eyes water, but she scolded herself internally for it, knowing now was not the time nor place. Byt the time 5:30 had rolled around she was just about done with the cooking part and was staring at a bottle of wine, debating on taking the liquid courage or not. 

Really feeling this today since I ended up staying longer at work and being on my feet for 7 hours, and now it’s time for my longest run ever, 12 miles. The only thing getting me through it is the chipotle in the fridge I’m saving for dinner!!! Two weeks til my half marathon so I gotta suck it up!

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Chicken and Pesto, with Red Potato Medallions.  Here’s a healthy dinner for two, that is a great alternative to an expensive, busy restaurant.  Having Valentine’s dinner at home is more romantic and affordable!  We used a small cookie cutter to make the red pepper hearts.  The pesto is vegan, and it uses chicken stock to replace some of the oil in traditional recipes.  This recipe fits in the Whole 30 and Paleo diets. 

Recipe Here. 

Cake Batter Milkshakes

Ingredients

2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk*
½ cup vanilla or funfetti dry cake mix (from a boxed cake mix, I used Betty Crocker white), or more or less to tasteSprinkles (optional)

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a blender except sprinkles. Blend until smooth. Fold in sprinkles if desired. Pour into cups and serve immediately, garnished with more sprinkles if desired.

*You can replace some of this with half and half or cream, just depending on how thick and rich you want it.

Note: I used light corn syrup to stick sprinkles to rim of cup - just a very thin layer. I poured the sprinkles in a container lid and rolled the corn syrup coated rim in sprinkles.

Dinner for two

(Looking around the restaurant, Avery sighed as she looked at her watch. Blowing out a breath, she shook her head and looked around. Her date was already twenty minutes late and she wondered what was taking him so long.)

Fucking asshole.

Dinner for Two: Tyler & Ali

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“Bye Mom, I’ll stop by again tomorrow.” With a quick kiss to his mother’s forehead Tyler left the now decorative room. The flowers really were a good idea. The bouquet put a smile on his mother’s place and that was what mattered right now. Once he exited the hospital and arrived at home Tyler had a quick shower to get rid of the hospital smell. When he smelled decent again Tyler put on his best plaid button up and his best jeans. Simple, comfy, and classic Tyler. With a quick glance at the clock he realized he was running out of time. His famous burgers didn’t earn that title by being cooked in five minutes. 

Once everything was prepared Tyler pulled out his phone and sent Ali a quick text. A burger, a beer, and an awesome guy are waiting for you whenever you’re ready. He pressed send and put his phone away. Soon enough there was a knock. Tyler brushed off his shirt and opened the door with a charming, yet slightly nervous half-smile. “Hi.” 

Vanilla Blackberry-Mascarpone Cake

Ingredients

Cake
½ cup (120 ml) whole milk, at room temperature
2 egg whites (65 g), at room temperature
1 whole egg, at room temperature
2 teaspoons (10 ml) *Princess Cake & Bakery Emulsion OR pure vanilla extract
1 cup + 3 tablespoons (142 g) cake flour, sifted twice
¾ cup (150 g) sugar
1-¼ teaspoons (8 g) baking powder
½ teaspoon (4 g) salt
¼ cup (57 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons (28 g) vegetable shortening Blackberry Compote
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, divided
½ cup (100 g) superfine sugar
2 tablespoons (30 ml) orange juice
2 tablespoons (30 ml) water
Pinch of salt Whipped Mascarpone Filling
2 tablespoons (30 ml) cold water
2 teaspoons (10 ml) unflavoured gelatin (such as Knox brand)
1-¾ cups (420 ml) whipping cream (35-37% fat), cold, divided
½ cup (63 g) icing sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese Whipped Vanilla Frosting
3 sticks + 2 tablespoons (375 g) unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
3.5 cups (400 g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons (45 ml) milk
1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon (15 ml) water
Pinch of salt You Will Also Need
Medium or Large Pastry Bag fitted with plain round tip (a resealable Ziploc bag will do in a pinch)
Soft Gel Paste Colours of your choice
Small Offset Spatula

Preparation

Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease, line with parchment, butter and flour two round 5-inch pans.

In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine and stir the egg whites, egg, 2 tablespoons of the milk and emulsion (or vanilla). Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients, including the sugar, together on low speed (I use the “stir” setting on my mixer) for 30 seconds.

Add the butter and shortening, and blend on low speed for about 30 seconds, then add remaining milk, and mix on low speed until just moistened. Increase to medium speed and mix for 1-½ minutes.

Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg/milk mixture in 3 separate batches; beat on medium for 20 seconds after each addition.

Divide the batter in two, spreading it evenly with a small offset palette knife. If you have a kitchen scale, weigh the batter in the pans to ensure 2 even layers (they should each weigh about 270 g).

Bake 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes clean when inserted into the center. Be so careful to not over-bake. Check cake at 20 minutes, but not before, and once you feel it’s almost ready, set the timer for 2 minute intervals.

Let cool on racks for 10 minutes before loosening the sides with a small metal spatula, and invert onto greased wire racks. Gently turn cakes back up, so the tops are up and cool completely.

Blackberry Compote
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1-½ cups of the blackberries, sugar, orange juice, water, and salt until the berries start to break down, stirring often, about 10 minutes.

Lower the heat and simmer until compote coats a spoon, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool down slightly. Using an immersion blender (carefully) or counter-top blender, pulse until smooth. Push compote through a fine mesh sieve into a clean glass bowl and discard the seeded pulp from the sieve. Stir in remaining fresh blackberries. Keep covered and chilled for up to 3 days.

Whipped Vanilla Mascarpone Filling
In a small bowl, place the cold water and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. In a small saucepan, bring 1/3 cup of the cream just to a simmer, then stir into the gelatin mixture. Refrigerate, stirring frequently, until cool but not set, about 8 minutes.

In a chilled stainless steel bowl with a chilled whisk attachment (for stand mixer), beat the remaining whipping cream, icing sugar, vanillla and salt until it thickens just slightly and soft peaks begin to form, about 1 minute. Very gradually add the gelatin mixture and continue beating until medium-firm peaks form (should be thick enough to spread). In a large bowl, soften mascarpone and gently fold in whipped cream mixture. Keep covered and chilled until ready to use.

Whipped Vanilla Frosting
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter for 8 minutes on medium (I use “4″ on my KitchenAid). Butter will become very pale & creamy.

Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium for 6 minutes. Frosting will be very light, creamy and fluffy. Separate into 3 bowls and tint with your favourite gel paste colours. Best used right away (for ideal spreading consistency).

Assembly of the Vanilla Blackberry & Mascarpone Cake

Cut your 2 cake layers each once horizontally with a long, serrated knife, so you have a total of 4 layers. Place your first cake layer, face-up, onto a small plate or cake stand (or 5-inch round foil cake board).Fill your pastry bag with about a cup of the Whipped Vanilla Frosting (un-tinted) and pipe a dam around the perimeter of the cake layer (this will keep our compote and Whipped Mascarpone Filling in place). Spoon a few tablespoons of the compote and berries inside of the dam, along with a few tablespoons of the whipped filling. Gently spread the filling using a small offset spatula.

Repeat until you come to your final cake layer, which you will place face-down. If you find the cake too soft and unstable, put in refrigerator for a few moments to firm it up, then resume. If you see any spots where the compote is peeking through or starting to ooze out (ahh!), use your piping bag to squeeze more frosting over it, between the layers. Use your clean offset spatula to carefully smooth the frosting so it’s flat against the cake.

Cover the entire cake gently with plastic wrap (I like Press n’ Seal), and then, once covered, use your hands to carefully ensure the cake is lined up straight and flattening any lumps or bumps of frosting. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Once cake is stable and chilled, apply an even layer of frosting to the entire cake, to seal in crumbs. Chill again until frosting is firm, about 30 minutes (at least). While the cake is chilling, you can divide remaining frosting into 4 small bowls, and tint 3 of them with your soft gel paste. Keep one bowl of frosting un-tinted.

Place cake plate/board with cake onto a turntable, if possible. Be sure your frosting is smooth and fluffy, working it with a rubber spatula for a few moments. You can even warm in microwave for a few seconds to soften it up. Apply a thick layer of your darkest colour to the bottom third of your cake, then another above it over the middle of the cake, and finally your final colour of frosting all over the top and upper third of cake. Add the un-tinted frosting in a few areas, to add interest. Using a metal spatula blend the colours together by smoothing frosting all over cake, as you would a typical one-colour cake. Be careful to not overblend. For textured effect (as in photos) you can use a small metal spatula, holding it with one hand on an angle starting at bottom of cake, keeping it fairly still, move the turntable with the other hand, slowly letting the spatula move up slightly with every turn.

Notes
*You can make the compote up to 2 days ahead. **Keep cake chilled for up to 2 days, but serve at room temperature. [blackberry compote recipe adapted from Globe & Mail]