Valentine's Day What does it mean to you? Do you Love it or hate it? Is it an obligation? Do nothing, feel nothing and don’t care?
I heard some alarming stats on the radio a few mornings before the big V day.
One in four will do something for their love on Valentine's Day but, 50% of those one in four, do it out of obligation.
I thought to myself noooooo that can’t be right! Actually I didn't just think it, I yelled out in my car, by myself NOOOOOOO.
So I'm sitting at the hairdressers that very evening of ‘those stats’ when I receive an sms from one of my brides, a little chit chat back and forth we go, I ask her what she had planned for Valentine's Day, she didn't have any, she asked if I had plans...
Silliest question ever, of course I had plans, I had booked us gold grass tickets at the Moonlight Cinemas in the Royal Botanic Gardens to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s, we watch this movie every year but this year it is to be in the great outdoors, my bride responded “that is so romantic we should do something, it will be my first time as a wife” OMG! she was a statistic!!
I didn’t always feel this way inclined for Valetines Day, In fact I pooh poohed it for years, I called it a massive retail had, then I met my true who love love love loves Valentine's Day so I had to conform and jump on board...
And my love for Valentine's Day was reborn.
This year, I made my famous prawn rolls, packed them along side the champagne, fruit, chocolate and pringles. We snuggled up on the bean beds and had the most beautiful time watching a true romantic classic although for it’s time, it really was off the scale, we had a prostitute, a gigolo, infidelity, drugs, alcohol, theft, underage marriage and the list goes on. Anyway back to Valentines Day.
Did you know St Valentine was a real person. The story goes he was a 3rd century priest who was arrested by the Romans, as he was performing under the table marriages for soldiers who were forbidden to marry because they were scared to fight for the risk of their wives becoming husbandless back home, he was sentenced to death, beaten with clubs and stones, then beheaded on February 14. Saint Valentine supposedly healed the daughter of his jailer, before his execution he wrote her a farewell letter signed, Your Valentine .
I know romantic hah! There is so much more to Saint Valentine and his history, don’t even get me started on how cupid got involved, ok maybe next year.
I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday regardless of your couple-dom or single-ness (yes I just made those words up, I’m a celebrant I can do that you know).
Until next Valentines day here is my famous prawn roll recipe.
500 Gms best quality cooked prawns chopped into thirds, mixed with a good lashing of Kewpie mayonnaise, strong dash of tabasco, healthy squeeze of lemon juice and all the dill your taste buds desire.
Pop your grill pan on hot hot hot, cut your 2 Rolls (I use the Vietnamese rolls from Coles but any rolls will do) in half but not all the way through, spread some butter on the outside and inside pop on your hot hot hot pan for about 3 minutes either side.
Spoon your prawn mixture into crispy hot rolls fill with snow pea tendrils.
I let them cool down for a little bit then wrap them individually in baking paper, twisted at the ends then tied with string either end, that makes it so easy to eat in the park without loosing one single ounce of the delicious prawn.
Love Sharon The Celebrant x