So last week, we celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary. My husband is very traditional and I get one red rose for every year we are married.
We love each other, we are good friends, we have 2 beautiful daughters, a gorgeous grandson, great partners for the girls, work, friends, a roof over our head, we are healthy…wow we are real lucky people and we are grateful and content. Well me more than my husband, he is still ambitious and eager, working a lot ( he loves what he is doing).
Sometimes when we are together with friends, I can hear some complaining…but STOP.
We do not need to complain…we have enough.
We run after a dollar that can not make us happy..it pays the bills, ok, but it cannot buy us real friends, health, nice weather.
I honestly do not really care if I have lots or little money, trust me, I know.
Having lots of money, did not make me happier and having less was not making me unhappy.
The mighty dollar or the lack of thereof is not destroying my happiness and it should not destroy yours either.
Look around, try to see the smiles of the little children, when they play, truly happy..they do not know about money and they are happy.
When did we loose that feeling, that we can be happy with less or find happiness in the little things, why does it have to be a big house, expensive car, clothes, jewellery?
Why can it not be the sunshine, your friends, your children, your partner?
Because of the things mentioned above, we neglect the most important things and that is sad.
So, try to focus on family and friends and your own life, by all means do not give up work, we still need to eat and be dressed and housed, but live your life and do not live to work.
And with this introduction, I had a reason to write this, really, I now tell you how to make a vanilla beurre blanc with lobster. Because being married for 31 years, being happy, calls for a celebration and good food.
First, I was setting the ambiance.
Then I went to go shopping.
I bought frozen lobster meat as I cannot cook a lobster.
I went to the liquor store and bought some wonderful Chablis, my all time favourite white wine.
I went into my garden and cut peonies, lots of them and filled the house with them.
I put on a nice dress and went in the kitchen.
I put on Songza, romantic independent music, happy.
I enjoyed looking at the flowers, happy.
I sipped some of my wine, happy.
I was watching my dog watching me, happy.
I was watching my husband drive around on the lawn mower, happy.
I now started cooking our dinner.
I cooked some rice, I like a white basmati with this..it tastes beautiful and looks elegant and that makes me happy.
The lobster meat was on a plate to be sautéed.
And now for the sauce:
100 ml of the Chablis…
1 shallot, finely chopped
a pinch of salt and pepper, I like white pepper here
1 vanilla bean
100 g of ice cold butter ( I cut it in pieces and put in the freezer until I need it)
Put the Chablis in a saucepan and add the shallot, salt, pepper and the vanilla bean. Bring to a boil and reduce until you have not more than 2 tablespoons.
Let sit for a minute , remove the vanilla and stir in the ice cold butter under medium heat. You should get a creamy sauce.
Saute the lobster in a pan in a bit of butter. Arrange on a platter and pour the sauce over it, add some fresh tarragon, if you have.
Serve with the rice and enjoy and be happy. Well at least, I was and so was my husband.
After dinner we took our dog, went for a small stroll, sat on the lawn chairs and enjoyed more wine and the wonderful evening.
Completely and utterly happy with each other and the life we made for ourselves and the ones we love.