I'd always been a jock growing up. Maybe it was my testosterone driven cousins constantly challenging me or maybe it was my sport junkie dad. Either way I'd always be out on the ground playing badminton, throwball, volleyball or soccer. So really no one would guess that there was a helplessly feminine romantic side. I'd eagerly wait for Valentine's day, hoping each year would be the lucky one that I'd magically be bestowed a Valentine. A secret (obviously the most romantic kind) Valentine who would surprise me with a homemade card, a romantic poem and maybe even a rose. But of course high school came and went, its been more than a decade and damn it secret Valentine! Where are you??
At least I'll always have my faithful friend Ghirardelli and... strawberries. Crackly, bittersweet chocolate, covering sweet, tart , juicy strawberries. It really is the perfect drown-your-sorrow-while-waiting-for-that-bloody-secret-valentine food! ;)
You will need:
1 bar of your favorite chocolate (for me thats 60% Ghirardelli)
1lb The most perfect strawberries you can fine. I try to look for deep dark red ones with as minimal a white patch under the green tops.
Break the chocolate bar into pieces and microwave in 30 second intervals till completely melted. Hold strawberries by their green tops, dip into molten chocolate and twirl till completely coated. Place on foil/ parchment wrapped cookie sheet or tray. Once most of the strawberries are coated in chocolate (I usually have a couple leftover, which my little munchkin will happily nibble). Place cookie sheet/tray in fridge for about 5 mins! Woe-be-gone!