Valentine’s Day Recipes … a bit of French History and Madame De Montespan
Tomorrow we celebrate Valentine’s Day … truthfully speaking I don’t celebrate it as much as other holidays but I guess it’s a good excuse to get together and remind couples of their love and passion 😉 Sometimes it’s hard, especially if you have been married for a while, one tends to forget about it all, the passion, the excitement and all that comes with starting a new fresh relationship!
My beautiful children reminded me once again of the excitement of life and the freshness with which they view everything that comes their way. This is my daughter Ellie’s valentines card to me … It’s fascinating how much love children are capable of giving to you and life.
Now, let’s get back to the subject of this post … Madame De Montespan. She was a great woman, a french aristocrat in the 16th century. She is said to have been extremely beautiful and witty and to have a had a strong passion for cooking. In those times nobles and royals didn’t need to know how to cook so it was a rarity. She’s also been involved in witchcraft and deadly poisons, although never convicted of it herself.
She had a fervid passion for creating potions, elixirs and aphrodisiac foods. She is still most notably known as King Louis XIV’s mistress with whom she had 7 children. She was such a strong presence at Court and acknowledged for what she was, that she managed to get them all officially recognised by the King with all the titles and benefits that come with it.
This week’s recipe is special and one of the originals of Madame De Montespan. Here’s the video for you, Happy Valentine’s Day!