Recipes: Valentine delights to fall in love with

Recipe, Neapolitan Style Drip CakeLook, I’m no baker. But I can totally appreciate a perfect looking sweet treat when I see one.

And these desserts, from Dr. Oetker, are almost enough to see me in the kitchen tomorrow, slaving over the stove. Almost.

But for those of you with better kitchen skills (and without a toddler to keep entertained!) here are three recipes that will definitely say I love you this Valentine’s Day…

Neapolitan Style Drip Cake

A great cake to impress your special someone.

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A cheesy (and super quick!) Valentine’s Day recipe

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Fuss free and lovely looking: Heart Quesidillas

With Sonny Jim keeping me rather busy (his bum-shuffling is getting super speedy!) there’s not that much time for getting creative in the kitchen at the moment.

But these heart-shaped Quesadillas made me smile, so I felt I just had to share the recipe. They’re fast to make, fuss free and don’t they look lush? I might even try and find a spare few minutes to whip them up for the hubby this Valentine’s Day!

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The meaning of spring flowers…

There are few things that signal spring as sweetly as the seemingly overnight arrival daffodils in our gardens, by the roadside and in woods across the county.

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Never give just one daffodil…it’s considered bad luck!

Known as Lent Lilies, daffodils (narcissi if we are to use their formal name) are the most popular flower for Easter decorations, flowering anytime from January through to April. So bedded in tradition are they that Prince Charles is paid the sum of one annual daffodil as a rent payment for the unattended lands of the Isles of Scilly.

But like most blooms there are plenty of myths attached to them. Did you know it’s is bad luck to bring in a single daffodil into your home? Doing so, it is said, will bring misfortune upon the house.

So always bring a bouquet, if you intend to give daffodils as a gift, as this will bring good fortune to the house.

And even before they’ve been picked, daffodils are rife with superstitions. It is said if you step, stomp, or trample on a bed of daffodils, bad luck will find you. However, if you make a great effort to avoid stepping on a daffodil, you will be rewarded good fortune (so keep that in mind when admiring them in their hundreds at Warley Place Nature Reserve, just south of Brentwood.) Continue reading