There has been a lot of talk about Albert Einstein lately. How amazing it is that the last prediction of his ‘General theory of relativity’ has been proven. Just yesterday, the discovery of the existence of gravitational waves was discovered, over a century after Einstein put his theory to paper. A true break through for Science. If you haven’t yet heard about it, here’s what I’m referring to.
There is no doubt, that Einstein was a remarkable mind. But he was also a generous heart and an intuitive soul. I recently had the pleasure of reading over a letter he wrote to his very own daughter, Lieserl, in which he describes the power of love as being a ‘universal’ and ‘extremely powerful force’. Einstein goes on to say, ‘If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.” Warm and fuzzy yet?
With St. Valentines day here already, it is hard to remove yourself from the hugely commercial displays of love and romance, but I like to think of ‘love’ as a binding force, that has the capacity to change the world. I am no Einstein, but I do not doubt that each and every one of us has this power in our hearts. Combined, I am certain of it’s inestimable energy.
My husband and I have never been much into the ‘Valentine’s Day’ hype, but with him being away and my needing to spread enough love around for the girls each and every day, love has been a topical virtue this week. We have had quite a few mummy-daughter moments where we have cuddled up to discuss it. Teaching my children about love has been wonderful. At 20 months and 4 years, they both already possess quite a sound understanding of what love for each other is. I watch my eldest, love and care for her sister in ways that melts my heart. When one is hurt or upset, the other is there to comfort and reassure her (of course there are times, when one is the cause of the other’s disdain), but in the end, I see that the love they have for each other and their parents is something that has innately developed within them.
The 3 of us shared a morning of ‘Love’ today. We decided to make some ‘Valentine’s Day’ inspired treats as a gift for some friends, in the spirit of compassion and giving. Valentine’s day is not all about the expensive gifts, the mystery or the romance. If it is a celebration of love, and love is within us all, then a simple action or gesture of kindness toward another is enough love to give meaning to life, don’t you think?
“When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.” Albert Einstein
Below is the recipe for our Valentine’s Day creation, ‘Raspberry & Coconut Yoghurt ‘Love’ Puffs’. We used fresh raspberries and Raglan Coconut Yoghurt – SO YUM!.. And the girls had so much fun!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!
- I used store bought Puff Pastry today which works fine. But when I do make my own, I have had the most success with the Gordon Ramsay recipe - link below.
- 1 egg, lightly beaten. (egg wash)
- ½ cup coconut yoghurt
- 1/3 cup frozen/fresh raspberries
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Thaw the pastry for 5 minutes, don’t let it get too soft.
- Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the pastry and place on a lined baking tray. Brush the egg wash lightly on the tops.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 200C, or until the pastry is browned and raised
- Once cooled, slice the pastry ‘puffs’ through the middle
- Blend all the above ingredients together for 10 seconds. You do not want it to become too watery by blending too long.
- Put the Raspberry coconut yoghurt on one half, followed by a dollop of Berry Chia jam. Cover with the top half.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar, and serve.