La Saint Valentin

When I walked into my French conversation class this week, the first question we were asked was: Êtes – vous romantique?

We discussed the response in pairs and then shared as a group. I think I am quite romantic. I’m a sucker for films that make me cry; in a good way! I love to receive – and give – flowers. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a delicious and intimate meal in an appropriate restaurant with my husband BUT I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. It strikes me as over commercialised, over marketed and often tacky! Flowers are over priced and menus in restaurants rocket.

I prefer “l’amour quotidien’ – love on a daily basis; little acts or deeds that are part of a long relationship. For me, it can be as simple as my husband putting the kettle on and making me a cup of tea when I come in exhausted or presenting me with my favourite plain chocolate Bounty…

However, this year I have bought a Valentine’s gift! In the middle of the for-mentioned conversation class, inspiration struck – a heart shaped Neufchâtel cheese! Luckily, for me our conversation teacher also owns a delicatessen and the French lessons take place in a room above the shop. Result!image

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2 thoughts on “La Saint Valentin

  1. I’m glad we are on the same page with so many thoughts on this. But ohhhhhhhhhh, I love the heart shaped neufchatel cheese! Had I seen that at my grocers, I would have picked it up. Last night we had a romantic dinner of foie gras on toast accompanied by a nice Sauterne. I made cornish hen garnished with roasted shallots, rosemary and cherries. Potatoes were cubed and sauteed in duck fat. Bonaparte was so happy because I made my most-loved-by-him cherry/cognac creme sauce to pour over the hen. Dessert was cherry clafoutis. We polished off a bottle of Chateau Margaux. That was my romantic dinner for him. Happy Valentine’s Day June! XOOXOXOXO!

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    • Wow! What a feast! My mouth is watering… Lucky Monsieur Bonaparte! Is he an equally great chef?!
      It’s a dreadful stereotype but I’ve found – generally – that many French men are fabulous cooks! xx

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