Recipe for Love [Fierce Foodie]
The heart is a tough muscle. Despite the movies that depict a warrior taking a bite of a still beating specimen torn from the chest of an enemy, most cookery books suggest a long marinating in vinegar and red wine followed by hours of slow baking or stewing to render the chewy, lean muscle edible. The irony of how fragile is the heart of a lover can never be far from the chef’s mind. The slightest decrease of attention, the lengthening silences, the decision often made to sleep rather than indulge in other bed time activities, all these are signs of passion that has naturally deepened and become milder with time and trust. Unfortunately, they are also signs of impending doom, and it is often difficult to tell exactly where you are when you are right in the middle of it.
So on this Valentine’s Day, and every day, my advice is this: no matter how exhausted you are, how wrapped up in your own cares and troubles, take the time every day to hold your lover’s face, stare deep into his or her eyes, and say the words that make even the toughest hearts melt.
Homemade Nut and Berry Bars Courtesy of L Fusco and Sherry Mosovsky
These bars are a great source of nourishment and will give you tons of energy to love your mate!
Necessary equipment: Food Processor
1 lb dates, preferably fresh -must pit before processing
.5lb mix of salted nuts – peanut, walnuts, almonds, or whatever nut you love
2 tbsp unsweetened peanut butter
Dried fruit such as apricots or fruit leather pieces
Process nuts until they are powder.
Process dates .25lb at a time until you have four balls of date goop.
Add powdered nuts to dates and process.
Mix in fruit.
In square Pyrex, drop in mixture and press until covering entire container (we use a bacon press sometimes).
Refrigerate and enjoy.
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