There are certain foods that are more than just edible. From the sinful temptation of an apple tree to the bountiful luck of harvested wheat, they serve as timeless symbols of parables and emotions. Today we celebrate one of these meaningful fruits, the pomegranate with a beautiful story of true love. Follow along below as photographer Valentina Pelucca walks us through Luca and Anna’s story and file our Pomegranate Cake Filling in your recipe book for a romantic occasion…
- 2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds
- 1 2/3 cups of pomegranate juice
- 1/3 cup of raspberry jam
- 2 teaspoons of pectin
- 2 teaspoons of Coconut Oil
- Warm the pomegranate juice and raspberry jam in a saucepan.
- Once it begins to steam, add the pectin and coconut oil. Stir until it they are completely integrated into the mixture. Remove from heat, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl, and let cool.
- Mix in the pomegranate seeds into the filling and enjoy!
Our story starts with an unusual protagonist: the pomegranate, full of sentimental value throughout history, and in almost every religion, of beliefs and desires, life and death, rebirth and eternal life, fertility and marriage, abundance and prosperity. But let’s go back a few years….every year, Luca was sent off to spend his summer holidays with his grandparents in the countryside. From the moment he stepped on to the train in Rome, waved a hurried good-bye to Mum and Dad, he couldn’t wait to arrive at that small country station where long, warm summer days awaited him, and he awaited them. The excitement of helping Grandpa on the farm: preparing wood for the winter; tending the farm animals, green-pruning the vines along with the odd trip on the tractor to the local market. Luca knows all the kids in the area, especially Anna. How many warm summer evenings did he spend in her splendid garden! The inebriating mixture of summer perfumes are forever imprinted in his heart and mind: jasmine, rose, lavender and that musky scent of pines. How that pomegranate tree intrigued him with its glossy green leaves and scarlet-red flowers – pity he was never around when it bore fruit in the autumn. Entertainment was spontaneous: night-music was provided by crickets, nightingales and cuckoos and the after-dark show was put on by fireflies and shooting stars. As their love grew, so did the pain of that inevitable separation in late summer, when Luca, now a University graduate, had to return to the city. This heart-wrenching separation became too much: he wondered about the countryside in autumn, its colours, scents, and Anna. He had to see her – he had to go back. By then, the pomegranate tree had lost its leaves and was drooping heavily with its magnificent display of crimson-red fruit. One Sunday afternoon, Anna received her usual cell-phone call from Luca. Telling her how he missed her and the surroundings, he asked her to go to the pomegranate tree and describe its fruit. There, hanging from one of the branches, was a ring…and a well-known voice asked: “will you marry me?” Exactly one year later we are here celebrating their ‘autumn wedding’ bathed in the yellow warmth of autumn sunshine. The surrounding woods are adorned with a transient beauty and the lawns are carpeted in gold, scarlet and crimson leaves. Despite this waning season, Anna and Luca are setting off into the summer of their lives. The palette we adopted for the décor and accessories goes from medium-red, pomegranate, vermilion red to a more intense ruby- red and crimson. These colours were applied to the floral arrangements composed of pink avalanche and iguana roses, hypericum berries, star chrysanthemums and red-oak leaves. The delicate wedding dress, with the intricately textured bodice fits in perfectly with the elegant authentic country scene. The pomegranate is the recurrent element of the décor: it appears on the original water-colour invitations and place cards, on the festoons, on the centre-pieces and even on the wedding cake. The table is set with antique plates in crimson and Liberty style cutlery. The antique tables and chairs are covered in bordeaux velvet. Photographer: Sugar Cookies//Cake Designer:Cake Bit//Reception Venue:Country House Villa Poggiolo//Event Designer: Dream On Wedding Planner// Submitted via Two Bright Lights PLEASE NOTE: The recipe was created by The Frosted Petticoat staff and is not associated with the event or vendors featured. The food photography served solely as the recipe’s inspiration and is not an actual picture of the final recipe product.