Tagged: Valentine’s

My Funny Valentine

I have a little confession to make. My name is Haein and I am a hopeless romantic.
I know, I know. Once upon a time (over Chocolate Soufflé Cupcakes with White Chocolate Mint Cream, maybe) I wrote off Valentine’s Day as a “commercial holiday disguised as a single-day celebration of ‘love,’ as defined by Hallmark,” or, you know, something like that. Being the so-called “serial monogamist” that I am, I viewed February 14th simply as yet another excuse to get dolled up and correspondingly wined and dined by the presumably ever-so-charming BF (whoever that may be). But, more importantly, as a girl who loves to bake and cook, I simply viewed the day as one to breathe, think, make, then give everything that is chocolate. To, well, everyone.
Surprisingly, this year, there was no “everyone.” There was most certainly chocolate. But, only a silky and decadent old-fashioned chocolate pudding for two.
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Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Tart

I’ve never been one to truly perfect nor master the art of baking a cake, cupcake, or tart. For some peculiar reason unknown to me (besides my pathetically undisguised clumsiness), I am never able to successfully create the highly sought after, flawlessly decorated baked good. The answer or solution to this cosmetic problem eludes me, leaving me perplexed and rather distraught. I earnestly flip through pages of Bon Appétit and trustfully scroll through various credible food blogs for some sort of fool-proof recipe or method that I may follow precisely to elicit even the most remote, but nevertheless attractive, imitations to absolutely no avail. For example, most recently, when I tried to make Chocolate Soufflé Cupcakes with Mint Cream (per previous post), the Mint Cream was runny and definitely not thick enough to be a necessary or heck, even acceptable cupcake topping. It’s a curse that I am ostensibly working very hard to lift off of myself.

And, despite the fact that Valentine’s may be quite over to the dismay of some and delight of others, it’s still February and to my understanding, that still means it’s the month for Chocolate.

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Chocolate Soufflé Cupcakes with Mint Cream

I’m not going to lie. I used to be one of those grinch-like people that cringed at the idea of Valentine’s Day around the corner. I just never particularly bought into the commercial holiday disguised as a single-day celebration of “love,” as defined by Hallmark. It just seemed overly contrived, an unnecessary excuse of a holiday to muster up hackneyed displays of overexuberant chivalry and romance, as evidenced by the ample amounts of purchased flowers and chocolates (of which I cannot complain). That was, at least, until I began turning the day into yet another more appropriate excuse to bake heart-laden morsels of chocolate in every form to win the love of not one, but many.

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