As soon as the confetti of New Year’s landed, pink and red hearts invaded every retail display. We are given a full six weeks to figure out what sort of gift will represent the sincerity of our love for another person. Valentine’s Day is next week. Where is your heart these days?
Is it beating for someone else? Beating for something you believe in? Lost somewhere in the Pacific Ocean?
My heart is on FIRE!
We roll our eyes at this sweet commercialized holiday, but any opportunity to take a look at the love in our lives is a good opportunity.
What is love? It’s a lot of fun to click around on the internet, taking quizzes and reading the top 10 ways to know if it’s serious, if you should avoid, or how to keep them interested. After a click-binge of “How to tell if they’re emotionally available/a keeper/a pathological liar…etc” you can feel really great knowing that you are perfectly sane and everyone else is crazy, or you can feel depressed knowing that you are sane and everyone else is crazy. I guess it depends on if your glass is 1/2 full or 1/2 empty that day.
Love. My relationship with things, people, food, my work, and even myself, has had its ups and downs. Love for me, for all of the above, has been like bumper cars. Driving around, chasing, getting chased, getting bumped off course, crashing, getting stuck, hurting, laughing, and then doing it all over again. Considering the amount of times I keep starting again, it may seem like I haven’t learned anything at all.
However, I’ve been thinking on it, and have decided that when it comes to love, it doesn’t have to be perfect. It only has to be real. Love elevates. And all relationships worth having should be places of love, stability, and possibility.
Whoever/whatever you are bringing in to your life, I hope they are elevating you, making you stronger, helping you evolve, and allowing you to give back in your own unique ways.
So, what sort of gift can possibly portray this grand love you hold in your heart? Maybe you can make something filled with love. Try this Chai cake. Sure to result in sweet kisses. Of course, it is best served with tea.
Amongst the rocks, you may find a tasty gem!
preheat oven to 350 F
butter an flour your pan
Cream together until fluffy:
200g unsalted butter, room temp
200g brown sugar
10g crushed black tea
beat in 2 eggs, 1 at a time.
250g All purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp clove
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
Alternate adding dry ingredients, then sour cream, to the butter mixture. Beat lightly. Don’t over mix.
Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. This will depend on the shape of your baking pan. A typical 8″ round cake shape may take up to 40 minutes. A loaf shape may take longer. Smaller cupcake shapes may finish in 20 minutes. Just keep an eye on it. Like love – It needs your attention.