It’s Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day!

The day for lovers and those who love. My other half joked that the day for lovers doesn’t include us because we are married, he got the stern look. As a result he rushed off to the shopping centre late last night to buy up his last minute gift to me. I will not complain even if the last minute dash spoils the romance a little, it would be nice to imagine that he had been planning for weeks what his gift might be and take time and effort for presentation. He got me this Yankee Candle and some flowers so he redeemed himself very well.

I haven’t got much for him to be truthful about it all. I got him some Enrique Iglesias aftershave, it’s called Deeply Yours which I felt was appropriate for the day, it also smelled pretty good. He’s also a gin & tonic man so I just had to buy these sweets for him, I was so tempted to try them up front so he is lucky to receive the jar unopened and intact. The sweets were a big hit and he went off to work wearing his aftershave.

The children wanted to do some cookery crafts so I came up with these for them, they did a great job as you can see. I didn’t really know what to call the tray-bakes so please forgive the very unexciting name. This recipe is unbelievably easy and fast to make.

Chocolate Digestive Squares

You need a dish roughly 17cm square, grease and line it with parchment.

150g digestive biscuits, crushed the best you can

50g butter

175g milk chocolate

30ml of honey

30ml butterscotch syrup (optional)

Chocolate buttons or some other sweets to decorate with


Melt the chocolate, honey, butter and butterscotch syrup in a pan over a medium heat.

Once the chocolate mixture is melted mix in the crushed up digestive biscuits.

Press the goo-ey mix into your baking tin and gently mark the squares for cutting. We marked ours into 16 squares and pressed a large white chocolate button into the top of each square.

Chill the chocolate digestive mush up for about two hours and it turns into lovely crispy biscuity tray bakes.

The day has gone pretty smoothly and I prepared us chicken curry masala this morning for dinner, it’s in the slow cooker right now as I speak. We did debate about ordering in a Chinese meal but as we are saving for our holidays we decided to cook instead. Oh and I got Lindor Strawberries and Cream white chocolate truffles from Maggeo, I have to say that although I’m not a fan of white chocolate they are delicious and I could easily eat a few too many. Of course the day would not be complete without some home baked bread. I made olive oil oat bread, and it was perfect for lunch on this wild wintery day.

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