Yep, staying-in is the new going-out.
Nic took the day off work, and spent the whole day preparing a 4 course meal.
We had aspargus wrapped in parma ham with parmesan cheese 'crisps', then we had a champagne and fresh raspberry sorbet, then fillet steak which came with mashed-potato-infused-with-rosemary, sliced carrots* and other vegetables, and finally this fantastic multi-layered thing made out of puff-pastry, dark chocolate, white chocolate, fresh raspberries and thick cream. We had a bottle of wine, had some dopey CD on quietly in the background, and enjoyed a brilliant candle-lit dinner for two at home.
I was stunned. Everything was carefully (and lovingly) home-made, not a packet or a box or a tin in sight. She even made some cup-cakes with little hand-iced messages on them - messages too personal to be repeated here; funny and wonderful and touching all at the same time.
My fiance has discovered that she can cook, and she seems to really enjoy doing it, too.
Next year, apparently, it is my turn to create a meal. I'm not sure how I'm going to follow that one, but I accept my duty with good grace. I have a year to get learning!
*shaped into little hearts, which was probably taking her obsession with detail just a step too