Growing up, my dad always made Valentine’s day as special occasion. Without fail, his wife would receive a dozen red roses and each one of his three daughters would receive a single red rose to keep in their room to remind them of his love. The tradition is still going strong! My dad has yet to miss a Valentine’s Day! When I was away at University or living on my own, he always made sure (via my boyfriend, delivery service, etc) that a red rose would be waiting for me on that special day.
The year I turned 13, I began to loath Valentine’s Day. My nanny, whom I was extremely close with, passed away. She was hospitalized for pneumonia and was suppose to be getting out of the hospital days later, unfortunately was called home to GOD. Her death put a negative spin on the festive holiday and instead of seeing hearts and love, I saw betrayal and sadness.
This hate for Valentine’s day continued for many years. Whether I had a man in my life or was single, the day brought sadness and despair. On Valentine’s Day 2004, I was determined to finish my shift at work and return home to hide for the rest of the distasteful holiday. When I arrive home (to the house I shared with my boyfriend), there was a note on the door that said drop everything and come downstairs. Angry and annoyed, I stomped down the darkened staircase to notice a trail of red rose petals and the flickering of candle light. Following the rose petals, I was let to my bedroom where my boyfriend, in his best suit, stood in a heart made out of red rose petals. It was at that moment, he fell to his knees and asked me to be his wife. He said that he choose Valentine’s day, not for the romantic gesture expected of the holiday, but rather because he knew my Nanny would want the day to be a happy day, a day of love, rather then a day of sadness. True to his word, every Valentine’s day (and every other day!) is a day of love!
What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
This weeks recipe is entitled Valentine Love clouds as symbol of what the day means to me.
|Food Friday ~ Valentine Love clouds||
- 6 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1½ tsp cornstarch
- ½ tsp red food colouring
- A pinch of salt
- 1½ cups confection (aka icing) sugar
- pomegranate seeds
- GayLea whip cream (Gay Lea Whipped Cream is made from REAL cream, as oppose to edible oil!)
- Preheat the oven to 250 F
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper to prevent meringues from sticking
- Whisk the 6 egg whites on high speed until they become light and frothy.
- Add salt, cornstarch and sugar gradually as you whisk
- After about 10-15, stiff peaks will form. The gently fold in the red food colouring 6. Using two spoons, blob meringue onto the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour.
- After the hour is up, turn off oven and leave it ajar slightly for 15 minutes wiht meringue still inside.
- When completely cool, top with GayLea whip cream and sprinkle on pomegranate seeds!
- Share with a loved one!
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