Happy Valentine's Day!
Lebkuchen always looks so delicious. As a child I loved seeing the fancifully decorated Lebkuchen hearts and other shapes strung from every booth at town fairs in Germany, especially popular in Franconia where we most often visited because, in fact, Lebkuchen was invented in the 13th century by Franconian monks. And one of my relatives almost always bought me one of these hearts as a treat, but to my disappointment I never thought they tasted very good. The icing was hard as rock and just broke off the cookie as soon as I took a bite, and the cookie itself is hard and dry as well. Lebkuchen tastes a bit like gingerbread but a little spicier with a hint of clove. Maybe Lebkuchen is something to be enjoyed more like biscotti, dipped in hot coffee or tea.
In Zurich after Christmas there were still a few remaining little huts around Bahnhofstrasse selling Christmas goodies such as Glühwein, Raclette, handmade ceramics, roasted chestnuts, and, as you can see here, Lebkuchen hearts: