June 23rd, 2018

From Our Table: Happy Valentine’s Day

By Medicine Hat News on February 14, 2017.

Love is definitely in the air. I’m so excited to be writing my column on the actual day of Valentine’s. In case you haven’t heard me mention it before I love Valentine’s Day. It represents many things I love such as the colours red and pink, especially pink, I really love pink. It’s also majorly associated with the one of a kind, mouthwatering deliciousness of chocolate. Mmmmmm chocolate. And most importantly it’s a celebration of one of the most important things in our world – love. Usually I wait until the very end of my column to share a couple love quotes but this year I’d like to do that at the beginning. I actually found several I thought were amazing but here’s the ones that made the final cut:

“Love is friendship set on fire.” – Unknown

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” – Arthur Rubenstein

It’s true “love is a many splendored thing.” I thought back over the past 18 years of writing a Valentine’s Day column and the many angles of chocolate I’ve written about. I’ve talked about the history of chocolate, the different types of chocolate, the nutrient benefits of chocolate (yes I truly found some), chocolate surveys and recent research on chocolate. I’ve featured my neighbour Gail’s one of a kind frosted chocolate cake; Roberta’s ‘to die for’ chocolate truffles, I’ve never had anything like them; Thelma’s cream cheese centred chocolate cupcakes, my mom’s chocolate sauce and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies just to mention a few.

One thing besides chocolate all these recipes have in common is that they all come from incredible people in our very own community. I’m sure many of you read recently that the Medicine Hat News has one of the highest newspaper readerships in Canada. Mike Hertz commented on this success and credited much of it to their commitment to being “hyper-local in our content.” I totally agree with this. It has been such a privilege for me, as a part of this amazing community to write for the News these past 18 years. I love doing it, I love the people in the community and I especially enjoy sharing many of your recipes with others. I also really appreciate your column comments when I see you out in the community.

So this Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to reshare one of my all time favourite chocolate recipes. It’s super simple and decadently delicious. Even better, it’s a great recipe to share with all the people you love. It’s wonderful warm on ice cream topped with crushed pecans or you can dip your favourite fruit such as pineapple, bananas or strawberries in it. Or if you are having an exceptionally bad day just get a spoon, not that I’ve done that, no way.

Remember Valentine’s is not just about romantic love it’s about love, period. So go hug your favourite friend or your nice neighbour and celebrate this day of love in our colossal community.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Joanne Smith is a registered dietitian.

Chocolate Sauce a la Love

1 cup cocoa

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

2 Tbsp butter

3 eggs beaten well

Measure cocoa, sugar and water into a medium sized saucepan and stir well. Bring to boil stirring constantly and boil for 3 minutes then remove from heat. Add butter and stir well. Let cool quite a bit but not completely then stir in beaten eggs slowly stirring well. If you add the eggs too soon when the sauce is too hot they will cook in clumps and ruin the smooth texture.

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