V-day isn’t just about being in romantic relationships, thankfully. There is so much reason to love in the world every single day, but since humans love their holidays and themes, I may as well share some treats that can be whipped up to spoil friends (for a palentines day), family, or even just yourself (most legit of all).
I love to love – it sounds weird to say it like that, but for the longest time, deep in the mires of depression, it was rather difficult to allow myself to trust anyone enough to truly love them as they deserved, and even now I’m still on the path to learning how to express my affections, platonic or otherwise, and to make others feel special. It’s such a liberating feeling to be able to actually say three little words to someone or give them a hug. When I was obese there was also the element of not wanting to inflict my person on others, so to have people like Man-thing hover around waiting to squish me is a rather novel experience, even two and a bit years later after getting married.
The first time I felt true, absolute pure and unconditional love for another being was when my sister was born – she totally transformed my life in the sense that there was finally a being I could squish and cuddle and spend hours staring at in amazement. In fact, I think my first comment about her was that she was “awesome” (give me a break, I was a 22 year old hippy), but I meant that as in I was blown away in awe with all these emotions I had never experienced in such fierce clarity before. Which is why I say that the “traditional” V-day celebrations is pretty much a prank humans play on themselves to whittle it down to romance and the lot, but I prefer to see it was a day of appreciation for all one’s lovelies.Since my little sister and brother, Man-thing, and all the people I love also love cake and sweet treats, here are 10 of my favourites!
And because I’m not the only person on planet earth who has made a list of doom, here are some of my favourite V-day themed treat round-ups!
- Vegan Valentine’s day recipes and gifts – Vegan Richa: Richa excels at torturing me with her delectable recipes, many of which I’ve tried with roaring success.
- 40+ sugar-free sweets for Valentine’s day – Ricki Heller: Ricki sorts you out for delicious, indulgent dishes with no refined sugar to spike your blood sugar instead of your hormones 😉
- The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Desserts Collection for Valentine’s Day – The Vegan Cookie Fairy: I want to eat absolutely *everything* on this rich, chocolate-y list!
- 5 Vegan Valentine’s Day Menus That’ll Wow the Pants Off Anyone – Serious Eats: Some amazing dishes here, including savoury. Those cheesy baked potatoes with broccoli have a date with my stomach at some point!
Anyhow, just as I was ready to post and get going, I came across this article by Jane Burns, entitled “Vegans, meat-eaters navigate “inter-diet” relationships”, that touches on some of the same issues as what I wrote about in “Loving an Omnivore”. One thing I can truly be grateful for is that, being child-free, Man-thing and I don’t have to pow-wow over making food choices for children. I must admit I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a vegan mom and ensure that my child would also be vegan, because I’m sure that family and friends would try and slip the mini-me a sliver of bacon or a slice of cheese like a dog under the table when I wasn’t looking, and that would cause severe discord. It’s for this reason that I love reading a series like My Darling Vegan’s Raising Vegans, just to get a glimpse into that aspect of inter-food relationships and where it intersects with other extreme decision-making processes that affect more than just a solitary individual.
Oh, and as a final and totally random note, Man-thing redeemed himself for his terrible crime of eating my amazingly super delicious Eli’s Earth Bars Treasure Bar that I got as part of my Vegan Cuts Snack Box by buying me an orange headlamp (to read during power outages, thanks to an inept government), a date and carob bar, and a whole bottle of beautiful, glorious almond butter!! ❤ Guess what my food group for the weekend is going to be? 😀 😀