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Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you have a Valentine or not, or if you are celebrating with beloved family or friends, here’s something that’s fun and healthy, and also delicious you can easily make at home. This Be My Valentine Vegan Jelly Bunny Bear uses 3 key ingredients (same ingredients can also be used to make Koi Fish Jelly with Coconut Milk), and is supercute! I always loved handmade gifts, as it’s not about the monetary value but that it comes from the heart and shows how much I meant to the gifter.
Some fun facts about St Valentine’s Day:
- There are many sayings of where St Valentine’s Day originated from, but it’s believed that people used to celebrate it as a Christian feast day in the 5th century. Saint Valentine, which the day was named after, was a Catholic priest who was imprisoned and executed for performing marriages for Christian couples in ancient Rome during a time when marriage was forbidden.
- There was also another saying, that Saint Valentine was imprisoned and fell in love with a lady who visited him in jail. Then before he was executed, he sent her a letter and signed off “From your Valentine.”
- In the 1300s, Valentine’s Day official became a day associated with romance and love, during the coincidental time in England and France when people believed birds start their mating season on 14 February.
- Only in the mid 1800s, the first Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced in the US. Then comes the colour of the flower, each colour is supposed to mean something, for example, a red rose symbolises love.
- For singles, do you feel lonely and unbalanced on this day? I know how you feel as I felt that way before. But wait! Today we have International Quirkyalone Day, the same day as V’s Day, you can celebrate yourself whether you are in a relationship or not.
If you have someone in mind to spend the day with, what would you gift that person? Well, recently I’m really into Chat GPT, I asked ‘it’, what would make a great St Valentine’s Day gift, and here is what I got. I thought it’s pretty good responses I got, even though it’s kind of run-of-the-mill suggestions.
It depends on the person you’re giving the gift to and their interests. Here are a few general ideas that might be suitable for a Valentine’s Day gift:
- Chocolates and sweets: A classic choice that’s always appreciated. You can choose from a variety of chocolates, truffles, and other sweets to create a custom gift basket.
- Flowers: A bouquet of their favorite flowers is a timeless gesture that never goes out of style.
- Jewelry: Whether it’s a necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, jewelry is a meaningful and personal gift that can be cherished for years to come.
- Personalized gifts: Something custom-made with their name, initials, or a special message can be a unique and sentimental present.
- Experiences: Give the gift of a shared experience, like a cooking class, wine tasting, or a weekend getaway.
- Books: If your Valentine is a bookworm, consider gifting them a novel by their favorite author or a coffee table book on a subject they’re interested in.
Remember, the most important thing is to give a gift that comes from the heart and shows how much you care about the person.Chat GPT
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Be My Valentine Vegan Jelly Bunny Bear
- Bunny and bear silicone mold
- 3 g red agar agar powder or use red food colour with clear agar agar powder
- 30-100 g Stevia sweetener season to taste
- 300 ml water
- Pinch of dark chocolate powder or edible charcoal powder
- 6 g clear agar agar powder
- 50-150 g Stevia sweetener season to taste
- 500 ml water
- 50 ml coconut milk
- Prepare the red agar agar by boiling 300ml water with 3g red agar agar powder, 30g Stevia sweetener over medium heat. Let it boil for a minute, then remove from the heat.Note: I used Swallow brand red agar agar powder. If you cannot find red coloured ones, you can use red food colouring and the clear (normal) agar agar powder. Follow the packaging instructions. For Swallow brand, 1g of agar agar to 100ml of water.3 g red agar agar powder, 300 ml water, 30-100 g Stevia sweetener
- Transfer the red agar agar mixture into a flat tray or bowl, making sure the height of the agar agar is about 5mm. Let it cool completely, then chill in the fridge to firm up.Reserve about 20% of the red agar agar mixture to decorate the bunny and bear moulds.
- Once the red agar agar in the flat tray or bowl is set, use a heart shaped cutter to cut small heart shapes.
- Mix 1 tsp of the red agar agar mixture with some dark chocolate powder (or edible charcoal powder). This black agar agar mixture will be used to dot the eyes and nose of the bunny and bear.Pinch of dark chocolate powder
- Decorate the eyes and nose of the bunny and bear with the black agar agar mixture.Decorate the ears and snouts of the bunny and bear with the red agar agar mixture.Note: I used a small spoon and chopstick.
- Place the small heart shaped red agar agar on the belly of the bunny and bear.
- Prepare the clear agar agar by boiling 500ml water with 6g clear agar agar powder, 50g Stevia sweetener over medium heat. Let it boil for a minute, then reduce the heat to the lowest and let it simmer.6 g clear agar agar powder, 50-150 g Stevia sweetener, 500 ml water
- Once the eyes, noses, ears and snouts of the bunny and bear has firmed up, add the clear agar agar mixture to the mould and fill up to halfway. Let it cool and firm up.
- While the clear agar agar mixture is still simmering in the pot, add 50ml coconut milk, stir to mix well and let it simmer for 30 seconds. Remove from heat.50 ml coconut milk
- Once the agar agar in the moulds has set, add the coconut agar agar mixture to the mould and fill it up. Let the agar agar cool, then chill in fridge until ready to consume.
- Best served chilled.