It’s that time again… where men are searching for last minute gift ideas and desperately looking for that perfect present: flowers, candy, and perhaps a candle lit dinner in some fancy restaurant, with poncey meals and a what the duck price!
It’s difficult not to feel pressure around this Holiday, but what you do for your loved one doesn’t have to be a cliché (though there is nothing wrong with going out for dinner or buying an expensive gift). On the other hand, not everyone has the time, or knowledge to cook themselves. But a gesture of love, no matter how small, can not be overestimated. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a cup of coffee for my wife as she is still in bed, or brought breakfast along with it, and it brings a huge smile to her face. It’s priceless. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate meal, forget the perfect poached egg, or making hollandaise without it splitting. For example, a slice of toast and some avocado, coffee, and juice is enough… it’s about the gesture not the grandeur.
I’ve always found that the smaller and more simple things in life are often much more appreciated than a huge complex idea. Whether it’s a cup of tea or a favourite snack, food plays such a huge part in our lives, we should aim to celebrate it as often as we can… Think of the joy you get from a cup of tomato soup and a gooey grilled cheese on a murky day!
All I’m trying to say is that with the role food plays in our lives, Valentines Day doesn’t have to be about a huge gesture, just take a moment and do something nice for your loved one to show them you care.