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Tell them you love them with food

Valentine’s Day. Some love it, others cannot wait for it to be over before the day has begun. For me, the day serves as a simple but strong reminder to share our love and kindness with those closest to us. It doesn’t have to be all about couples. Think about the people in your life who matter to you: your kids, parents, siblings, grandparents, your bestest friends. I might be biased on one thing though; there is no better way to tell them you love them than with delicious food.

To help celebrate, I was going to make a white chocolate mudcake with an oolong tea icing, tempered chocolate leaves and fresh rose petals. Fancy stuff.  You’re probably wondering why the top picture is of heart-shaped bread…

The cake flopped, the florist was asking $25 for a small bunch of half-wilted roses and I learnt a valuable lesson:  for big occasions stick with the favourites that work and you know everyone will L-O-V-E. A simple home-cooked meal, a lunch box packed with love-themed treats or some delicious home-baked cookies are likely to communicate the ♥ message better than a half-baked cake. 

Cook from the heart and the rest will follow, unless you’re making cake. In that case cook from a tried and tested recipe.

Heart-shaped sandwiches and chocolate-dipped strawberries are great ideas for those who consider cooking quite a foreign concept. Here are some more ideas to treat your Valentines with:


Bounty truffles // coconut ice (use heart-shaped chocolate truffle moulds to set the mixture in)

Lamingtons (use a heart-shaped cookie cutter for the sponge)

Good for the heart

Quick basil pesto + pesto and greens pasta 

Quick salmon salad with juicy tomatoes, cucumber and beans

Good for the soul

Comfort food: Lamb shanks with parmesan mash

Soup for the soul: Smashed potato, leek and mushroom with cheesy herb bread


One pot wonder: spaghetti meatballs in soupy tomato sauce

Simply delicious pumpkin soup

However, should all your attempts at showing your loved ones you care-with-food fail, you can always send them a card (probably too late for this now, too, but you could put a reminder in your calendar for next year?), an e-card, leave them a sticky note on the front door / desk / on their favourite biscuit box. Make it anonymous if you like. It will make them feel special and it’s good for the soul too.

Happy Valentine’s Day for Monday to everyone! I’m off for a run and then back to work on that cake… Recipe coming in 2012? 

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christinadugan February 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

this is perfect! thanks for the ideas, i’m excited to make some chocolate covered strawberries this year!

Wholesome Cook February 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I’m pleased to have jogged your memory, enjoy 🙂

eatmarvin February 14, 2011 at 3:33 am

Hi Martyna! I’ve been there. Tried to make Souffle, but when I needed it most the oven ‘took a day off’! Oh well… there’s always pancakes. Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

Wholesome Cook February 14, 2011 at 9:37 am

Thanks Marvin, and same to you!


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