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Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

Love is in the air but there’s nothing as heart-warming as a full reservations book!

If you are doing some heart-searching on the perfect Valentine’s Day menu, look no further. For according to one internet dating site, the most desired February 14th main is simply a good steak with a side of chunky, hand-cut chips. Why not serve it in combination with a seafood starter of fragrant steamed mussels as described in this Ken Hom recipe, followed by a shared plate of fresh fruit to be dipped in chocolate fondue. Now there’s a match made in Heaven.

Who was St Valentine?

Over a billion cards will be sent this St Valentine’s Day, making it the most card heavy celebration after Christmas but who was St Valentine? Around AD 496, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St Valentine’s Day, a Christian feast day.  Valentine of Rome was an early Christian, martyred under Emperor Claudius.

A priest or bishop, he was apparently arrested for giving aid to prisoners and while in jail, is said to have converted his jailer by healing his daughter’s sight. According to another version of his story, Valentine fell in love with the daughter and sent her a note saying, ‘From your Valentine’. It is also claimed that Claudius banned young men from marrying in the belief this made them better soldiers and Valentine’s arrest was because he secretly carried out weddings. St Valentine is supposed to have died on February 14 although in ancient Rome, February 13, 14 and 15 were celebrated as Lupercalia, a pagan fertility festival, and many historians believe that Pope Gelasius took an ‘if you can’t beat them join them’ decision to make St Valentine’s Day a February feast day because of Lupercalia’s unwavering popularity.

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