Saturday, February 14, 2009
Valentine's, Photographing Grief
When I was a young woman, Valentine's Day was supposed to be for young lovers to mail a card anonymously to the person they loved. It certainly remained that way in the UK until I left and came to Canada where I discovered that in North America it was for kids to send cards to grandmothers or anyone else you wanted to send love to, familial love or friendship love, nothing, necessarily, to do with romantic love. Although even here, you see men crowding the florists to buy flowers for their wives, always at the last minute of course. Flowers are, of course, somewhat more expensive at this time of year. I wonder why? That being said, I wish you all Happy Valentine's Day. Matt and I just exchanged cards, last year I apparently didn't get him a card, but also, it appears I was pretty sick at the time. I am getting sick and tired of seeing people's grieving faces as a result of the air crash on Thursday night. I think it is WRONG to make a parade of the grief of all the family and friends of the crash victims. I would hate it if my face of grief was exhibited to the world. This is surely something private and not something you wish to share. However, as usual, reporters are everywhere asking questions "what was Susie/Fred/your friend like?" immediately making people more aware of their loss. If you are doing anything special for dinner tonight, a nice starter is Heart Shaped Smoked Salmon - my cookery group did this as part of our Valentine's Dinner one year and it was very effective. The picture was taken by one of my friends in the group - my picture didn't come out so well. Heart Shaped Smoked Salmon This looks attractive, feels indulgent, and goes very well with a glass of bubbly! Bread - sliced wholemeal (1 slice per person) Small tub soft cheese (e.g. Philadelphia) Smoked Salmon Lemon slices Fresh Dill to garnish (optional) 1 Spread 2 slices of bread with soft cheese. 2 Cover the soft cheese with a layer of smoked salmon. Use biscuit (cookie) cutters or a knife to cut into several little hearts (as bite-sized appetisers) or one heart shape per slice of bread. 3 Arrange on a plate and garnish with a slice of lemon and a piece of dill 4 A squeeze of lemon on the salmon adds to the flavour. Have a great weekend.