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St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. The legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her…
Well, well… That’s how it started apparently… Now it is more commercial than anything else but we have another excuse to buy lingerie and eat chocolate !
I prefer not to do anything and eat fried eggs or pizza at home with a good bottle of wine rather than going out just because ‘we have to’, pay a bit too much for the food, drink a bad champagne and be asked to leave as the 9 to 11pm second seating is waiting for its table !
I missed pancake day so I had to do something for Valentine’s day. I didn’t want to make anything quirky but just a simple chocolate genoise. I could have done it with spices and chocolate. Healthy, aphrodisiac… Sounds promising with champagne. Chocolate cake without spices can be promising as well.
It goes perfectly with pears and champagne or with mandarines but without the champagne. And please no strawberries! I know it is very sexy to eat strawberries in bed and it’s a great match with champagne but it is not the season at all! Strawberries now taste like nothing so that could spoil your champagne-strawberries pairing trust me! Try mandarines or pears in bed, it can be as sexy as strawberries and nobody will stop you (your Valentine even less) to organize that kind of night in May with strawberries in season.
‘Chocolate genoise’, serves 6
– 4 eggs
– 125g of flour
– 100g of sugar
– 50g of cocoa powder
– ½ tsp of baking powder
Preheat the oven on 200°, T6/7
Mix the egg yolks with sugar till it blanch. Add the chocolate powder. Then the flour and baking powder.
Slowly with a wooden spoon add the eggs white beaten stiff.
Pour the preparation in a buttered mould and put it in the oven for 12 to 15min.
Wait that the genoise cool down before turning it out. You can then fill it with cream and pears or have it just like that with champagne.
Happy Valentine’s day lovers !