Thursday, 10 February 2011
Does everyone go overboard for Valentine's day? The cards appear as soon as Christmas is over, all the staff of the Rover's Return on Coronation Street want the night off, and today, the Times is giving recipes for twee little Valentine suppers. Do people really want to eat heart-shaped pies and (wait for this) "heart-shaped cinnamon toasts with rhubarb and red orange compote and honey yoghurt"? Does anyone have the time to fiddle about constructing these romantic little treats?
But I do have a soft (if nostalgic) spot for Valentine's day, for my first (and sadly, late) husband, whom I barely knew at the time, wooed me most successfully by posting me a Valentine arrangement of fresh snowdrops on damp moss in a tiny tin.
Who could say no? I didn't.