To many it's seen as hype and a way to spend more money on unnecessary pink fluffy cards, expensive boxes of chocolates and flowers that will only wilt away in a few days. But in a world where there is so much controversy, hatred and fighting, shouldn't we take some time out to show those around us just how thankful we are for their love and happiness that they bring into our lives?
I'd be the first to admit that this year's Valentine's hype has been on overkill since the Christmas decorations were boxed up, so this year go back to basics. There's no better way to show your loved ones just how much you care and appreciate them than with some indulgent home-made goodies.
Below are some scrumptious suggestions that are easy and affordable to create and are guaranteed to put a huge smile on that lucky person's face. Perfect as a breakfast surprise, lunchtime treat or as a way to spend some quality time cooking up together.
Jam-packed with anti-oxidant goodness, mix a handful of chopped blueberries to your pancake mix before pouring in the frying pan to bring a sweet kick and add some colour. Jamie Oliver has a great, creamy pancake mix recipe. Finish off with your favourite topping (maple syrup goes perfect with this).
|Perfect blueberry pancakes|
I just loooove a bit of eggy bread in the morning!
Milk - 200ml
|Scrumptious eggy bread|
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and a sprinkle of icing sugar. Generously coat each slice of bread in the mixture and fry until the egg mixture has turned a golden brown colour. Perfect topped with golden syrup and strawberries.
Not for those who don't have a sweet tooth.....these sickly treats are ideal to slip into your partner's lunchbox or send in a box anonymously to your Valentine. To make these sickly treats, make a small well in your cooked cake mixture and pour in caramel or maple syrup and top butter icing mixed with caramel.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!