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Easy dark chocolate & raspberry cups…

Call me sentimental but where’s all the romance gone these days?

Everyone I meet seems to have an opinion on Valentine’s Day such as, “why do we need one day to show someone I love them?”

Here’s why.

Because in our day to day life, we’re busy – you know, going to work, sorting the kids out, making tea, cleaning, sorting the kids out once again and somewhere in the midst of all that, probably trying to go to the gym (well not me obviously but…anyway).

In all that blur that we call our daily existence, there simply isn’t time to do anything else but all of the above.

We should all just lighten up.

Why shouldn’t we use today to tell someone that yes, I really do love you because you know what? We will only regret not saying it more when we’re older.

Why shouldn’t we use today to sit at the table together?

Why shouldn’t we use this silly little marketing tosh of a day to buy someone flowers, to let them you know you appreciate everything they do?

Today gives us millions of chances to just make each other feel a little special. Sometimes, the routine of normal life can unintentionally lead us to forget that we haven’t told someone how much they mean to us.

So go on, spread the love far and wide.

Because guess what?

If there is one thing that we need more of in this crazy World right now, it’s LOVE…

My day

I came downstairs to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and I bought him a CD. Nothing extravagant but we’re new parents, we need moral support and appreciation every now and then.

Tonight we’ve had steak and avocado salad and I found some pastry in the freezer, along with some frozen raspberries.

What says “Valentine” more than raspberry and dark chocolate cups?

This would work well with puff pastry too.

Simply line a cupcake tray with the pastry of your choice and fill each with frozen raspberries. Sprinkle a good teaspoon of sugar over each cup and bake for 15-20 minutes at about 180 degrees fan. Drizzle on melted dark chocolate when cool.

For pastry:

6oz butter, cold and cubed

80z plain flour

Pinch of salt

1 cup of cold water

Rub the butter, salt and flour together until fine and breadcrumb like.

Add in the water slowly and bring together until you have a ball of pastry. You may not need all the water.

Leave to rest for 30 minutes before use.

Extra notes:

You can buy bags of frozen raspberries which are fine to use and you only need a standard sized bar of dark chocolate for the topping.

Place a bowl over a pan of boiling water and place in the chocolate. Stir until melted.

I used what was in my kitchen – it’s Valentines. It’s the thought that counts!

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