We don’t really do valentines day – or more to the point I refuse to adhere to an official day to be loving. I figure loving moments, romantic gestures etc should arrive when the time is right..
But, as regular readers will note, here at colour it green meadows, we three like to celebrate most things – or at least nod vaguely at them in passing.. and this year on valentine’s day, we chose to acknowledge it with a red or pink themed dinner.. without food colouring. And using what we already had in the fridge and freezers.
So we had a family meal of prawns and pepperdew chillis to start, beetroot pasta with a chilli tomato sauce, and raspberry upsidedown cake. Washed down with red wine and red grape juice.
The beetroot spaghetti was a bit of a challenge, resulting in red hands.. and it made a difficult dough to work with – we just left out 2 eggs from the usual recipe and blended in cooked beetroot. But worth it for the effect – it was a bit startling!
Himself left me a gift of a lovely twisted bit of ivy wood he had found and cleaned up, and, in the spirit of not doing valentine’s day, left a note saying ‘happy Thursday’. And as Thursdays go, it was a fairly happy one, yes.