Valentine’s Day is almost here. Even though nowadays it’s more a commercial celebration, no one can deny it’s not a pleasure to have a little attention during this day. There’s no need to give diamonds or anything precious, as my grandmother was always saying :’ The way you give is more important that what you’re giving’. And this is so true.
For this Valentine’s Day I would like to share with you a short Chinese legend my Chinese friend told me.
It’s the legend of Tian Xian Pei.
While the seven daughters of the Jade Emperor ( Ruler of the Heaven) travel on Earth, Tian Xian Pei the youngest sister falls madly in love with Dong Yong a poor farmer. He was struggling to pay his late fathers debts and had 100 days to pay them. The humble seven fairies help him to find a solution to his problem and eventually everything get better for him. He is on a pedestal because everything is perfect for him, he is about to ask Tian Xian Pei to marry him. But the destiny decides something else, the parents of the seven sister called them back in the Heaven. When the youngest sister tells her parents that she wants to marry a mortal men, they immediatly fly into a terrible fury. Tian Xian Pei shelters in her room and cry all the tears of her body. Outside the birds touched by the long sobs of the violins of autumn build a bridge for her. So Once a year, on the 7th of July (07/07) the two lovers can meet in secret and live their passion.
I’m not very an emotive person but I was touched by this fairy tale and little girl in me was brought alive for a while.
I have a thought for the people that are not lucky to have their beloved ones with them this year. To all those people that went away too fast, may they rest in peace. We won’t forget you, you’ll be present in our hearts forever.
PS : You can find the recipe of the : ‘Genoise aux Fraises et aux Framboises avec un glacage au citron vert here.