Thursday, February 7, 2008

Chocolate cinnamon roll: A Valentine treat: a heart-warming romantic story

Falling in love with chocolate and cinnamon...........

Come Valentine's Day, there are people who have certain aversion for this day lambasting that it was merely created for its commercial aspect. Making people spend money stupidly on chocolates and roses or other romantic expenses. But whether it is true or not, I personally don't mind this extra day on our calendar celebrating love. And to honor this event I would like to share with you this heart-warming story of love quite timely for this upcoming day. Nothing goes well with the sweetness of a story like this it but a serving of this heart-shaped chocolate and fig cinnamon rolls. This is an adaptation of the recipe for chocolate cinnamon rolls from Global Gourmet (recipe here) and I am sending this to Zorra's Valentine blog event: Home-made edible heart.

I have a good friend who grew up hating his dad. He had always told us that his dad have always loved his elder brother more than him. It was a simple sibling childhood jealousy that grew with him as he matured. He had completely cut the ties with him. He refused his dad's presence during his wedding and he didn't allow him too to see his grandchildren with him. A hatred so strong that he didn't show up when his dad got sick and not even the day of his funeral made him changed his mind. He didn't try to search for the answers. He kept his anger and never forgave him. All these years her mother told him, that his father loved him so much and if ever he had this impression it is never true.

Heart-shaped Chocolate Cinnamon Roll with chocolate sauce

One day he got a message from his older brother that their mother was rushed to the hospital. Their mom wanted absolutely to see him. She knew her time was up. So on her dying bed she revealed to him what he wanted to know eversince: the truth.

"I vowed to your father that I will never tell our secret, but I cannot die in peace knowing that you are carrying a grudge to your father." The truth is, I was molested and rape when I was young. But when I discovered that I was pregnant, I knew that fleeing the province was the only way to escape the judging eyes of the people. After all I already disgraced my parents and my family. I was already five months pregnant when I met your dad. He was a taxi driver. It was about twelve in the evening when he saw me lying in the dark street of the city. Restless, penniless and nowhere to go, I was desperate for any help that will come my way. Your father offered me help because he knew I needed it. He invited me to come with him to his house. He was living with her mother. And they were really nice to me. They fed me and I told them my story. I told them I wanted to get rid of the baby I was carrying, because it is the source of all my problem. But he told me that the baby is a blessing. He volunteered to take care of all the expenses and offered me to live with them. Your father was a very caring and a loving person. We fell in love eventually and decided to get married even before I gave birth to your older brother. When I gave birth, he told me that he will claim him as his own and will love him as his own. Your dad made me promise that we will keep this a secret for he doesn't want people to discover about my past. Your father loved both of you so much and he told me to tell you that for all the things that you have done and not done, he has forgiven you."

It was Valentine's day he discovered the truth: the heroism and unconditional love of his dad.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!!


You better kiss me, your gonna miss me when I'm gone...

34 comments:

Ann said...

Very touching story. And beautiful rolls.

Marvin said...

Nice story dhanggit. And great presentation with the rolls.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wishing you & family:

Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Sheng Ti Jian Kang!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Marija said...

Oh, beautiful rolls and great photos!

Deborah said...

We should all learn to not judge so quickly! Your rolls look amazing!

Rosie said...

Such a touching story dhanggit.

Delicious looking rolls and a great entry!

Rosie x

Manggy said...

What a touching story... (Her secret is out to the internet world though...)
Lovely rolls you've made there!

K & S said...

what a great story, thank you for sharing it!

happy valentine's day!

zorra said...

Thank you for this wonderful but also sad story.

I like the rolls! Thank you for your participation.

haze said...

Love knows no boundaries! Good message for everyone brought by this beautiful love and hate story !

What a lovingly created delicious rolls! Cheers to LOVE !

tigerfish said...

Lovely dessert. Well...I have a weakness for anything chocolate. :)

Susan said...

Dhanggit, I'm very impressed by how well you shaped these rolls. Your second photo has a real pop-art flavor going for it. I am very fond of figs; you could say, I am in love. ; )

Sugarcraft India said...

Hi Dhanggit...after a long time I am here...have been busy with a lot many things..
The story is so touching !!
Lovely rolls ..look absolutely tempting!!

Mango Power Girl said...

very inspirational story...love the presentation of the roll...makes you want to get your hands dirty & eat as quickly as possible :)

Happy cook said...

Such a sad story. All the years just waisted with hatered.

lissa said...

oh, what a lovely story. makes one wonder how lucky some of us really are. at least he knew the truth but to spent all those times hating his father. I hope he knows how lucky it was to have a father like that.

ilingc said...

What a beautiful story and a cute looking roll. It's just gorgeous. I love the shot from the top. :)

oggi said...

I want a bite of that sinful roll! Cinnamon, mmmmm. Chocolate, mmmmm.:)

Happy Valentine's Day to you and to your friend too!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Wow, beautiful!
and I like this artistic mess from chocolate sauce around the heart :)

Margot

Arfi Binsted said...

lovely rolls. the chocolate drizzle is giving it a 'look'.

Sidney said...

A touching story...
it almost make me forget about the chocolate rolls!

Rasa Malaysia said...

I am busy celebrating and cooking for Chinese New Year and forgot about the Valentines...beautiful and cute looking baked goods you have there. :)

White On Rice Couple said...

Thanks for the great, heartwarming story. What a treat it is to visit your site for beautiful food accompanied with great writing.

Happy cook said...

Dhanggit I have a Nice Matters award waiting for you in my Blogg

Sylvia said...

What a sad and touching story Dangghit,is like a modern fable (but true) Because of this I try to don't have hard feelings in my heart and forget things that hurt me and just learn whit this.
Your heart is absolutely gorgeous and and makes me craving for one

Nags said...

delicious! and lovely lovely pic :)

Oh for the love of food! said...

What a LOVELY Chocolate Heart Roll, Dhanggit! Have a Wonderful Valentines Day!

Maryann said...

That's a nice story. Thank you very much for writing it :)

Gloria said...

Dear Dhanggit, this is sooooo beautiful special to this day!!! Looks amazing!! xxxxxx Gloria

Kevin said...

Nice post. Great presentation on the heart shaped chocolate and cinnamon rolls.

Cakelaw said...

This looks absolutely delightful - a wonderful Valentines dish.

Mishmash ! said...

Oh myy!! a touching and unbelievable one!!!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Dear Dhanggit
Am passing by your blog much impressed and moved by the story.Yes, often we continue to lead our life, without knowing the truth and on assumptions ! It's sad that time passes by as you have said ' You better kiss me, your gonna miss me when I'm gone...'
Loved your blog site. Lot to learn.

Michele @ FoodieView said...

Dhanggit, Thank you SO much for letting us use your gorgeous photo in this week's FoodieView Recipe Roundup! This Chocolate Cinnamon Roll looks so mouthwatering, I don't think I will able to wait until Valentine's Day to try it!