Life-Loving Lovin’

Miss Best's Chocolate Truffles - perfect for Valentine's Day!

Miss Best's Chocolate Truffles - perfect for Valentine's Day!

Anyone who walks down a high street, or uses the internet (or looks at a calender), can’t fail to notice that on Sunday 14th February, it’s Valentine’s Day.

Like Christmas, this day has become overly commercial, and many people feel the pressure to come up with some material goods to convince their loved one of their affection.

Well, like Christmas, you can indeed celebrate this day without having to spend a small fortune on expensive bouquets, chocolates, soft toys, champagne, giant greetings cards etc. Telling someone you love them costs just the price of the breath needed to whisper the words, or the energy needed to gently stroke their face, or to embrace them in your arms.

You don’t even need to have a romantic interest to celebrate this day of love. Why should the day of love be restricted to people from whom you would like to lick chocolate? Our friends and family need to hear that we love them too!

Whatever you decide to do on Sunday, please don’t save all your kisses and hugs just for this one day – show people you love them every day of the year! After all, just like a puppy is for life, and not just for Christmas, so is love for life, and not just for Valentine’s Day.

To help you create a love-filled day, I have two presents for you. The first is a very sexy 20% discount off my e-book ,‘Loving Life-Loving Desserts’ in which you will find plenty of love-filled recipes for either a romantic, or just a platonic, day of affection. To unwrap this present, please go to, click ‘add to cart’ (you will notice that you can now pay in $US, should you wish!), then at the check out enter the following discount code: ‘Love20’. This offer is valid until Monday 15th Feb 2010. Do feel free to tell your friends about this discount!

The second gift of love is a yummy recipe for a dish that would go so well as a main course before serving one of my Life-Loving Desserts. This Asian inspired salad is deliciously fresh, and doesn’t leave you stuffed, which is a good thing, I think, because an overly full tummy can be rather a passion killer, don’t you think?

Asian-style Love Salad
serves 2

4 medium/large carrots
2 sticks celery
1 apple
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1/4 cup nuts e.g cashew nuts
Sesame seeds
A nice marinated tofu (optional)

1/2 cup cold pressed sesame oil
1 tablespoon tamari
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 large clove garlic, crushed
Piece of ginger – about 1 cm, chopped
1 stick lemon grass, peeled and chopped
Pinch of dried coriander
Pinch of chili (optional)

Make the dressing by blending all the ingredients together until creamy. Thinly slice the carrots, celery and apples (preferably with a mandolin or a thin blade on your food processor). Cut the peppers into thin strips. Mix together and stir in the dressing.

Arrange on each plate, and sprinkle with the nuts and sesame seeds. You can also add some cubes of tofu if you like!

Follow with a sweet and sexy dessert from ‘Loving Life-Loving Desserts’, like the truffles in the above picture!

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