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Valentine's Day - 14th February
Now Christmas is over, the Tax man paid, it's time to think once more of Romance.

Soon it will be Valentines Day.  Where did the link between Valentine and Chocolate come.

St. Valentine of Rome was said to have been imprisoned for performing marriages for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted by the Roman Empire.    According to Legend he healed the daughter of his jailer and before his execution sent her a letter signed Your Valentine.

The first mention of Valentine's Day was believed to have been by Chaucer in 1300's in his poem, although it was believed that the date he referre dto was May 3.   

Knights would give gifts of roses to their loved ones, although sugar was expensive and scarce, so confectionary was not yet given as a gift.

Chocolate was brought back from America by Christopher Columbus who enjoyed it brought it back as a tribute to Queen Isabella of Spain and its rumoured aphrodiciacal qualities soon spread.   The Aztecs refered to chocolate as the food of the gods and Aztec ruler, Montezuma thought it was an aphrodisiac (Modern science has since linked the chemical phenylethylamine it contains to the feeling of attratration, pleasure and excitement).

It was in the Victorian era the notion of love and romance and the giving of gifts spiraled and in the 1800's Cadbury brothers produced the first heart shaped box for chocolates, starting a new trend.
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My love of cake making has recently been revived, by my husband promising a cake for my father-in-law's 90th birthday and prior to that their 70th Platinum Wedding Anniversary.

I really loved doing this, even though when I'd finished, I said never again.   It was also a chance to make my late mum's cake recipes as well, so it was a real trip down memory lane, as when I was a child mum used to make such wonderful cakes with lots of fiddley royal icing baskets.   So I just thought I'd take a moment to share them with you.

Hope you like them?    Let me know!

Platinum Wedding Anniversary Cake

90th Birthday Cakes

I had to make 3 cakes.  
1 for a family lunch party
1 similar and a more formal cake for the big family party to come.
The character cakes were for his life story which my husband had put together
First he was a delivery boy, for the remainder of his life he was in the R.A.F. as a Batman [Waiter].  His hobby was gardening, in particular he loved growing veg and onions.
The Main Cake is the badge for the R.A.F. Staff College in Bracknell, with their motto.   Hubby kindly presented me with a miniture photo and said "You can make a cake with this on, can't you."   Well as you can tell he knows which buttons to press.   So make them I did.