Ahhh, Valentines day is here! A day where people around the world are exchanging candy, flowers and gifts and making reservations to all of these wonderful restaurants who are currently serving "fixed" menu's. So what are the chances for anyone who is gluten free and on weight watcher's to be able to get a savory dish that is not just green? I'm telling you, I think we should revolt! I am so tired of eating green food. Don't get me wrong, I love my veggies and salads but there are days where that is just not cutting it.
Since this is a day of romance and intimacy, why not break out the nice dinnerware and candles and tantalize your partner's taste buds with a delicious meal that is both savory, light and wheat free? add a nice bottle of wine and enjoy the evening without the hustle and bustle. I'll even give you a little conversation starter. Do you know how the Valentines Day tradition started? It is a holiday that dates back to ancient times and the rise of Christianity. There are many legends about it's patron saint, St Valentines.
One legend contends that St Valentine was a priest who continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret after the Emperor decided to outlaw marriages for single men because he believed single men made better soldiers. When the priests actions were discovered he was put to death.
Another legend claims that the Christian Church may have decided to place St Valentines feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia which was a fertility festival celebrated in the Ides of February or February 15. Without going into all the details, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn and the city's bachelors would each choose a name and became paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.
It is a very special day for me as well because I was born on the evening of Valentines Day! Well, technically I was born after midnight so my birthday is actually the Ides of February....the 15th but I prefer to celebrate when love is in the air....wink, wink! Who knows what the patron saint, St Valentines will bestow on you that night???
Hope you enjoy!