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Strawberry Nutella Pie

Earlier this week, I shared with you a Valentine’s Day recipe that was vegan and gluten-free, and be-te-dubs, freakin’ delicious.

Today’s recipe is slightly less virtuous, but let’s face it, Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly the day to be virtuous, now, is it? Nope, it’s the time to break out the fur-lined handcuffs, kids.

Strawberry Nutella Pie

Nutella is one of my favorite things. I know, it’s not exactly healthy, but come ON! It’s creamy and delicious and chocolately. I love it on crepes and waffles especially, and have been known to integrate it into recipes on occasion.

Here, I wanted to pair it with a red fruit for Valentine’s Day, and that meant either raspberries, cherries or strawberries.

Strawberries was what I finally decided on. I also hit my local dollar store and got a bunch of fun cookie cutters to take this pie to the next level.

I think it will delight whomever you present it to in more ways than one. Maybe not as much as fur-lined handcuffs, though…

Wishing you the best of all Valentine’s Days, whether you are solo or partnered. Have fun out there, and remember; don’t do anything I wouldn’t do! 😉

Strawberry Nutella Pie

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp cold water (approx.)

For the pie:

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup Nutella (approx.)


1.           In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt until combined. Add vegetable oil, and stir until well combined. Add the water and stir to combine. It should be a cohesive dough that is still a little dry. Add a bit more water if it seems too dry.

2.           Roll the dough into a ball and place it on a large sheet of waxed paper. Place another sheet of waxed paper over top. Bash the dough down until it’s flattened with your rolling pin, then roll it out into  a circle big enough to fit in the pie plate, about 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick, occasionally flipping the entire crust over and rolling it on the other side. Remove the top layer of wax paper and flip upside down into a pie plate. Trim off excess, and reserve it for later to make the shapes for the top.

3. Spread Nutella in a layer on the bottom of the pie.

3. Wash the strawberries and cut into quarters or eighths. Toss with flour and sugar. Place in the pie pan over the Nutella, and pat down. Brush the top with water.

4. Cut out shapes with your cookie cutters to make a design. I did “I heart you,” but I also cut out additional heart shapes to put around the edges of the crust. Once you have it how you like it, brush the top of the pastry with milk, then bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.




Victoria, BC is for Lovers

Last month, I took off for a couple of days of much-needed R&R to our Province’s capitol. Ostensibly, I was there to research a piece I was writing, but I was also there at the end of a very busy semester, to have some chill time.

I was there alone, and that was nice under the circumstances, but there were a few times when I wished I hadn’t been by myself. Victoria, BC, you see, is a very romantic city. There’s a reason folks have been honeymooning here for oh, a hundred or so years, and it’s been named “The Most Romantic City in Canada.”

So, if you are thinking about getting your sweetie something something special for Valentine’s Day, might I suggest, a quick trip across the Straight? The dollar is crap right now, anyway, so going south of the border is out of the question. There’s tons of wonderful things to do in good ol’ YYJ.

Where to stay:

While in Victoria, BC, last month, I stayed at the Magnolia. It’s grand. It’s a boutique hotel, right in the heart of the city. The rooms were incredibly romantic–mine had a fireplace and a view of the Parliament buildings. You can sit around by the fire with your sweetie and drink Bailey’s Hot Chocolate (or wine) and just relax. They also have a spa, and one of the options there is a private room with side-by-side tables for a couples massage. I’m just saying. The staff was also wonderful–super friendly and accommodating.

What to do:

Okay, so you have a home base. And maybe an appointment for a couples massage. What do you fill the rest of your time with? I can think of a few things, but this post is rated PG-13, so let me suggest a few things…

Inner Harbour by Moonlight

Take a romantic stroll. Government Street will be all decked out in pink-and-white fairy lights for V-day. Go for a hand-in-hand stroll with your sweetie down this charming old street, and end up in the inner harbour. Walk down the steps to the seawall, and maybe stop and make out on one of the benches there while looking at boats and lights.

Stoke the fire with aphrodisiacs. Chef Shirley Lang at Kitchens of Distinction is offering aphrodisiac tasting menus. This dinner focuses on food, drink, herbs and spices that are thought to help to *ahem* get you “in the mood.”

spanish old fashioned

Play some games. Check out The Interactivity Board Game Cafe. They have tons of board games here for you and your partner to go head-to-head on, perhaps while sharing one of their homemade milkshakes with two straws? How romantic.

Learn about Victoria’s Debauched Past. You can take a Scandals and Sex walking tour after dark in downtown Victoria. You’ll see sights and learn all about Victoria’s not-so-prim past, including bordellos, saloons, and gambling dens. Oh la-la!

Have a cocktail. Well, nothing seems to get people in the mood more than a few good drinks, and Victoria is known for its Cocktail Culture (read my article on that subject here). My favourite places to drink in YYJ are Little Jumbo and Veneto. You may also want to check out the brand-new Be Love, as well (how aptly named!). They’re serving Dirty Old Fashioned, a take on the classic cocktail, this one served with Shilajit, an ayurvedic medicine which delivers focus and mental clarity.

Brunch Out. The morning after the night before, you’ll want to sleep in late, but then indulge in mimosas and eggs. Victoria, BC has an amazing selection of brunch joints. I recently brunched at The Village, and the latke bennys were outstanding. For more brunch suggestions, check out Chantal Ireland’s list of the best brunches in Victoria.

So, get out of town this Valentine’s Day, and take your sweetie someplace nice. I promise you, the effort will be worth it.

For more ideas on a romantic (or down and dirty) Valentine’s Day in Victoria, click here.