I’ve seen two movies recently that captured a long-term love affair between a wife and her husband. Of course, most of us bloggers have watched Julie and Julia and if you haven’t, please do take in Meryl Streep’s amazing performance as Julia Child. I learned so much about Julia in watching it but the part that touched me most was her deep and enduring love for Paul. Tonight my Valentine and I watched, the King’s Speech and again, if you have not seen, please do. It was portrayed that Queen Liz really loved her King George VI.
Last year on Valentine’s day, I wrote what has been one of my most popular posts of all time. I spoke of enduring love – the kind my grandparents demonstrated for me and that Nanci Griffith sings about and that I am thankful for each and every day of my marriage. Hannah, the Wayfaring Chocolatier recently introduced me to Reina DelCid and I thought it made the perfect valentine.
Valentine’s Day pays homage to Saint Valentine, a Roman priest during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. As Claudius forbid his military to marry, St. Valentine carried out marriage ceremonies in secret. His actions and his refusal to abandon his faith caused his beheading on February 14th – a journey of love in the face of hardship and oppression and the reason for Valentine’s Day. What I love about this day and about this journey is that it acknowledges an enduring love that as difficult as it can be, is the same that we receive from our creator.
How can you celebrate a favorite relationship all year long?
It’s gotta be love if you’re serving Broccoli Stalk Soup on Valentine’s Day.
- 4 potatoes, cut into chunks
- 1 onionn, roughly chunks
- 3 carrots chopped
- 3 handfuls of red lentils
- leftover broccoli stalks
- 1 Tbs fennel seeds
Put potatoes, onion, carrots and lentils in a pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Add the broccoli and fennel and cook until tender. Allow to cool a bit before pouring into a food processor and pureeing until smooth. Taste and season. Add sour cream or other fresh spices before serving.