Monday, March 30, 2015

Candlelit Fondue - An Earth Hour Date Night

This past Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30 was "Earth Hour". Rather than just read by candle light and use up the batteries on our iPads for entertainment, I decided to plan a romantic dinner that would include not only candles, but also wouldn't require me to use my stove to cook.

And so, our romantic Earth Hour fondue night was born.

Preparing ahead of time, I made sure that I had beef broth, candles prepped, meat chopped and wine decanting so that we wouldn't need to fumble around cutting beef in the dark.

At promptly 8:30, we turned off the lights, lit the candles and the fondue burner and sat down to enjoy our meal and share a bottle of wine.

My date was pretty on board with my plan, even though he was new to fondue.

For our sauces, we had a tomato mix, tzatziki and baba ganoush. These all paired really nicely with the steak pieces. Our gorgeous bottle of amarone also went nicely!

The candle light also gave way to some pretty gorgeous pictures. We couldn't help ourselves from taking a break from eating to snap one every now and then. Kris hadn't tried out my new pancake lens yet, and was really enjoying it for shots like this.

Before we knew it, it was 11:30. We're big on having dinner at the table and without TV every night, but something about the candles, the fondue and Earth Hour had us foregoing our after-dinner Netflix binge and just enjoying each others company. Lots of talking and laughter.

When we realized what time it was, we decided to skip the chocolate fondue and fruit I had prepared for dessert.

It's ok though, it made an excellent breakfast!

Did you celebrate Earth Hour this year, with an hour (or more) of darkness? Are you a fondue enthusiast? Or I'd love to hear about your favourite way to spend a romantic date night (I'm always up for suggestions!)