Apparently The Professor and I are big on making up our own holidays. After New Year’s Eve was spent flying home from Key West and not making it past 9:00, why not just move Valentine’s Day to Saturday, when the chaos of an insane PhD-just-got-REAL week would have meant falling asleep in my soup?
And it would have been really sad to miss eating this creamy soup made from local turnips and collard greens, with a subtle hint of heat that hit you just when you thought this was a mild palate teaser.
But I should back up a bit–and not just to the fancy cocktail I chose from the dessert section of the menu. [Of all times to eat dessert first,
the day after Valentine's Day is it, no?]
After I was told there was a surprise dinner reservation, I immediately
started asking questions got excited, and quickly determined we were headed to Epiphany, the local “farm-to-fork” restaurant that is right up my “creative food is good food” gastronomic mentality.
You might remember the local sweet potatoes with coffee creme fraiche, soy glaze, and apricot puree from the One Hundred Mile Dinner I attended in the fall with my friend Leigh Ann.
The fried Brussels sprouts with soy caramel, kimchi collards, hot sauce, and (surprise inside!) apricot puree had to wait for a bit, but they were just as decadently delicious as our waitress insisted they would be.
I had no room for dessert (although seeing someone receive the Chocolate Espresso Mousse Cake made me think
twice thrice). Although, lucky me: the day before I’d received a Valentine’s Day gift of Girl Scout Cookies…so I had my sweet tooth covered.*
*I know you were worried, Jenn.