It’s Chocolate Week here on West of Persia. Yep, nothing but chocolate recipes. Hooray!
So Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and is as perfect an excuse as any to hold a Chocolate Week. Any holiday that involves chocolate and love is fine by me.
Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat: sometimes it’s easy for forget that LOVE isn’t just romantic. There are so many corny movies and songs out there and other goofy messages from society that tell us that romantic love is the most important type of love. Sure, it’s a big deal and undeniably wonderful, but it’s not the end-all be-all of love.
As I’ve been telling my Yoga students lately, there are many kinds of love. Love of family, love of friends, love of a hobby or a place, to name a few. And of course, there’s the love of chocolate. Yes, this chocolate is one food I truly love like no other. Chocolate and I have had a long and sometimes tumultuous relationship, I gotta tell ya. Never a dull moment. I just can’t walk away 😉 Even when chocolate’s bad, it’s still pretty good. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
So with adoration of chocolate and this expansive definition of love in mind, perhaps you can make one of this week’s chocolatey treats for someone you love–a friend, a family member, or sure, a sweetheart 😉
I have a few different chocolate recipes planned, all with a Persian and/or Middle Eastern flavah twist:
- A new chocolately cookie
- A frozen chocolate “shot”
- A gooey melted chocolate mini cake
- A raw cacao dessert
Let me tell you, life is rough when you have to test and perfect and perform such strict quality control tastings on all of these chocolate recipes. So rough! 😉
For now, I’ll leave you with linkage to a couple of West of Persia’s most popular recipes, both of which are easy to make and fun: