Valentine Dessert For Two
From its bloody origins to its sweet, chocolaty modern day traditions, here are some interesting facts you might not know about Valentine’s Day. And then try our Valentine Dessert for two and spoil that someone special in your life.
The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day’s origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter signing it, “From your Valentine”.
– In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
– Based on retail statistics, about three percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
– About 1-billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.
– Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
– Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
– More than 35-million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
– Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1 000 letters addressed to Juliet.
Three tablespoons of seedless red strawberry jam
One cup of fresh strawberries
Two Tinkies snack cakes
Stir the jam and one tablespoon water in a bowl until smooth. Add the strawberries and toss gently to coat. Cut the Tinkies in half diagonally, starting about 2.5cm down from top left to 2.5cm from bottom of opposite side. Put two halves together on one serving plate to form a heart, and spoon strawberry mixture over and around. Garnish with mint, if desired.