My True Love Have My Heart And I Have His

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Their eyes met across a crowded room drowning out all else around them.

The prince waded through the throng of partygoers, never once losing her   gaze. She was transfixed.
Finally he was in front of her, he swept her up in his arms and declared for all to hear.
“I am in love, Marry me for my heart is yours….”

Okay, the story didn’t quite go like that. But it was love at first sight, and The Shrek did ask me to marry him after three weeks together.

We got married 8yrs later. However, my wedding day was wonderful. It was everything I wanted it to be – magical, whimsical, irreverent and beautiful. As is always with special occasions, it was over all too quickly.

My wedding cake was baked by my mum in true caribbean style to her own secret recipe. Fruit cake is always eaten on special occasions and most caribbean women will have their own recipe.

I had decided to design and decorate my wedding cake myself. My ‘love chest’ cake contained magical heart sweets – both bought and hand made.Enchanted love charms, gossamer  rose petals and one of a series of poems  The Shrek had written to me declaring his undying love and passion.

This was the poem in the ‘love chest’

The sound of our love deafens me
It’s volume drowns all else around me
And when we’re apart
I hear the echo of our love……


We will be celebrating Valentine’s day as a family day of love. I will be making special  Caribbean Spice Chocolate Cookies.

Recipe

My Caribbean Food Love Cookies

230g(8oz) self-raising flour
40g(1.5 oz) good quality 100% cocoa
120g(40z)   softened salted butter
190g(7oz)  brown organic caster sugar

60g icing sugar

2 large eggs
1/2 teas  highest quality vanilla essence
1/4 teas good quality finely ground cinnamon.

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (aprox 350 degrees farenheit)

Method

Put the flour, cocoa, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix together well.

In a small bowl place the eggs and the vanilla essence,  lightly  whisk together until there is just a little froth.

Put the all the sugar and the butter in a bowl and whisk together  until creamy.

Add the egg mixture bit by bit untli all is blended.

Now add the flour mixture and mix on a low speed until just blended.

The mixture will be soft and pliable

Shape into balls and place on a greased baking tray about 5cm(2in) apart.

Bake for aprox 10-12 mins.

Let cookies cool before placing  a small heart cutter  on the centre of each of the cookies.

Sprinkle some icing sugar into the shape.

Now removing the heart cutter will reveal a little heart on top of the cookie.

Happy Valentines day my friends
Love, laughter, and food for all.
Angeli

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2 Responses to “My True Love Have My Heart And I Have His”

  1. Shanti on February 21st, 2010 9:14 am

    I love your wedding day story. How special your cake was made by your mother and decorated by you. Sounds like your day was amazing and filled with love. BTW, how did your husband end up with the name, “The Shrek?”

    Angeli says:

    Because in hubby always trys to do a sean connery impression and he sounds like shrek from the film – hence the nickname :)

  2. Lorraine on March 27th, 2010 11:39 am

    Hi Angeli:

    Life has been so hectic–I’ve missed visiting my food blogging friends.

    This beautiful post–and your husband’s poem to you–brought a tear to my eye. The cake is gorgeous and I adore the photo of you and a beaming Shrek cutting the cake.

    My husband and I were married in 1984 on the Saturday closest to Valentine’s Day. My mother-in-law is Trinidadian and my wedding cake–Black Cake–was made in Trinidad by her cousin and sent up to New York where a baker frosted it with marzipan covered by white icing.

    Thanks for this post that commemorates enduring love.

    Angeli says:

    Thank you so much for that comment lorraine – there is nothing like a caribbean black cake :)