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5 Things I Don’t Miss About Dating and Healthy, Yet Yummy, Date Slice

December 6, 2013

date slice ingredientsThere are a few people in my life doing the dating thing at the moment.

A widower, a divorcee and a lesbian to be specific.

If they all walked into a bar together it might make for a good joke… As it stands I get enough of a giggle vicariously hearing about their dating antics.

I love hearing the tales of the meets ups and the butterflies, and the possibilities. I’m really quite a romantic at heart.

There is something about those first initial dates that are so full of promise and excitement…. if it’s a good one. If it’s a shit one it’s full of awkward moments, eggy silences and cringing.

With the advent of RSVP and the like you know a considerable amount about someone before you go out with them, but as with Facebook, its really just a representation of yourself and you would obviously sell the best version of you.

It’s pretty easy to look good on paper if you’ve half a brain, and a decent photo.

The scheisse thing about dates is if it sucks it’s a) hard to get away from quickly, and b) a tad disappointing.

date slice doughHere’s what I really don’t miss about dating –

1. Eggy first dates where there is no connection and conversation is painful. You down a drink or two and maybe it improves, but probably not by much. Until you have 10 drinks and pash them accidentally.

2. The moment at the end of the date where you hope they don’t go in for the kiss but you can see their lips looming and you have nowhere to run. Obvs, they get cheek.

3. The moment where you hope that they’ll go in for the kiss but they leave you hanging looking all dewy eyed and tragic before shaking your hand and walking away.

4. The set-up. When friends organise a gathering and surreptitiously try to hook you up with someone. Even if you liked them the sideways glances of your friends are a passion killer.

5. The eternal ‘who pays’ question. I reckon the guy should pay, because I’m old fashioned like that. I don’t mind going Dutch, but it is a mini-strike against him, and if I pay outright its a turn off. Sorry if I set back women’s lib but I can’t help it.


Will he call, won’t he call? Maybe my phone is broken.

Ever done that? Think maybe suddenly your phone network has inexplicably crashed or you’ve ben disconnected? Checking it constantly to see if there’s a text.

God I hate that.

healthy date slice Healthy Yummy Date Slice

What you will need :

  • 200g pitted dates
  • 100g sultanas
  • 175g spelt flour
  • 175g oat bran
  • 175g butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or you could use honey or rice bran syrup
  • juice of one juicy orange

What you will need to do :

Preheat oven to 190C.

Pop your chopped dates and sultanas into a saucepan on low with the juice of half of your orange. Stick a lid on it.

Into a food processor chuck your flour, oat bran and butter. Add the juice from the other half an orange, 1.5 tablespoons sugar (use all the syrup if you’re not using sugar) and blitz until it comes together as a dough. If it needs a little more liquid add a little water, a teaspoon at a time.

Line a 30x30cm (or equivalent) tray with baking paper and spread half of your dough in an even layer over the tray.

When soft, place your date mix into the processor and blitz until it’s a paste.

Spread the paste evenly over your base.

Lay a piece of baking paper onto the counter, and place your remaining dough on it. Using a rolling pin or a large jar, roll it until it’s about right to fit on top. It’s a little sticky so the baking paper will help you to get it on and peel it off.

Prick the top with a fork, and then sprinkle your remaining sugar over before popping it into the oven for 30-40 minutes until deep, golden brown.

Cut into 12-ish slices and bombs away. So easy and yummy.

healthy date slice

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  • Reply Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel December 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Great recipe, thanks! I love anything with dates and this one looks super easy. I also remember that awful drunken pash – soooooo glad I don’t have to do that any more. Well, not with strangers, anyway. 😉 Found via #FYBF- yay!

  • Reply Psych Babbler December 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Just wrote earlier this week about what my head does to me as I’ve been on a few dates this year. The phone bit is the worst! Especially with the texting…but oh well, you live and learn and you get some laughs and good times out of it all! 🙂

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys December 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      It’s a jungle out there!! Best of luck. May the person who makes your heart beat faster and bubble with laughter be on their way to you.

      Sent from my iPhone


  • Reply Talia December 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Haha! I love this!! I am SO glad that I don’t have to worry about any of that. But I have to say, dating as an adult would be very interested compared to dating as a teenager. I do look on at it and wonder what it would be like, but I’m more than happy never knowing!

  • Reply Emma Fahy Davis December 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I think I much prefer the sound of the date slice to the actual dating! Makes me glad I met my hubby so young, perhaps I’ll keep him on after all 😉

  • Reply Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions December 6, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Yeah, definitely happy I don’t have to worry about the whole dating deal. I enjoy hearing about it from my friends and that is enough! The only thing I would say I miss are those early weeks full of flirting. God I love flirting so much!

  • Reply ksbeth December 7, 2013 at 4:41 am

    i can so identify with this, as i am one of those out in the world of dating adventures )

  • Reply Have a laugh on me December 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I was certain most men I dated had lost their phones, I was clearly quite delusional because obviously they just weren’t in to me. I loved that first few weeks/months it’s a feeling I wish I could bottle and inject myself when loves getting a little stale!

  • Reply Nina December 13, 2013 at 2:37 am

    The only dates I like now are the ones that go in that recipe 🙂 And yes, I hate the “Is it my turn to call? Is it too soon to call?” stuff. But the butterflies of meeting someone new was pretty awesome!

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