Valentines Day – there are so many hearts and the color red is everywhere.
As a single person I don’t care for Valentines Day, it doesn’t put me into a low where I question why I’m single or where I’m going wrong in the romance department.
Most of the time it doesn’t faze me, other than when I watched the episode recently of New Girl with the Nick and Jess kiss, it put me into a week long depression, seemingly that kiss changed a lot of people’s lives.
With the New Girl depression out of the way, I’m back to enjoying the single life and all the bonuses that come with it. It’s something everyone should embrace when given the circumstances.
And let’s be honest if couples only spent one day a year making time for each other then relationships and love wouldn’t be something we strive to keep for a lifetime. Relationships are so much more then one day of red roses and boxes of chocolate.
In my Valentine’s conversation’s this week, I came to talk about how did the heart symbol become so big, our real hearts don’t even look close to that. Then one of my friends stated how it looks like two heads leaning on each other and that’s how the symbol became an icon.
I pondered this while at the wedding I went to on the weekend, in the marriage vows each person places a ring on the other’s finger.
To me the circle symbol is the real symbol of love. A circle never ends, connected at polar ends and yet a harmonious shape.
So to symbolize that, I made pie, a simple pie that anyone can make and enjoy, with not a heart in sight.
Serves 4 (or 2 couples)
100 grams graham crackers/digestive cookies
50 grams butter, softened
Dash of salt
120 grams chocolate
50 grams butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 small eggs
15-20 marshmallows (however many you need)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F and line the base of a 15cm/6in cake tin.
Crush the graham crackers and add in the softened butter and salt. Mix well to combine.
Flatten into the cake tin ensuring it’s even all the way around.
Place in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly brown.
Remove and allow to cool.
In a double boiler, place the chocolate and butter over low heart. Stir consistently to avoid burning. Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar.
Allow to cool for a further 5 minutes. Break one egg and whisk to combine, the mixture will be a lot thicker. Add in the second egg and repeat the same process.
Pour into the pie base and cover with aluminum foil, place in the oven for 40 minutes or until slightly jiggly only in the centre.
Remove from the oven and switch the temperature to broil/grill, changing the shelf from the center of the oven to the upper third.
Allow five minutes for the heat to take effect while you place the marshmallows on top of the pie.
Place in the oven and broil for 5 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Serve sliced into quarters.