Naughty or Nice?
Enjoying food is all about balance, so let foodies Aoife McElwain and Aoife Barry give you a naughty and a nice option each week. Choice never tasted so good!
NAUGHTY: Peppermint chocolate truffles Bring 100ml double cream just to the boil in a pan. Turn off the heat and stir in 200g milk chocolate pieces. Stir until melted, then add ¼ tsp peppermint essence. Now cool the mixture.
Transfer to a bowl and chill in the fridge until solid. This will take about two to three hours. Scoop out teaspoons of the mixture and roll into truffle-sized balls. Now roll them in icing sugar until thoroughly coated. Keep them in the fridge until you're ready to serve. They will keep in the fridge for three days. See bit.ly/mintytruffles.
NICE: Raw chocolate truffles Try this adaptation of a recipe by raw chef Ani Phyo. Take 1 cup (any cup will do; just use the same cup for measuring) raw walnuts, ½ cup raw almonds, ½ tsp salt, 15 pitted medjool dates, ¼ cup raisins, two-thirds cup unsweetened raw cacao powder, 2 tsps vanilla extract (optional), 2 tbsps agave (or honey), 2 tbsps water and ½ cup shredded coconut. Place the nuts and salt in a food processor and blitz until they are finely ground. Then add the dates, cacao powder, agave and vanilla. Process until the mixture starts to stick together — add a little of the water if needed. The mixture should be able to stick together. Roll 1 tbsp measures of the nut mixture into balls. Fill a bowl with the shredded coconut and gently roll each ball in it so that they are coated. Refrigerate or freeze and enjoy as a dessert or pick-me-up during the day.
Street Feast is inviting people nationwide to organise their own neighbourhood party on August 28. The idea is that neighbours all over the country will meet in a communal space and offer their own homemade treats as an ice-breaker. It could happen in an apartment-block garden in a city centre or a village green in the middle of the countryside. The vibe would most certainly be nice, but the food could be decidedly naughty. For more information check out www.streetfeast.ie.
Foodies to follow:
Aoife Ryan loves food, especially cooking it. All of this love goes into her blog Babaduck (www.babaduck.com), where you'll find posts about delectable cakes, homely roast dinners and outstanding chocolate. Follow her on Twitter so you never miss a love-filled post again.
‘Living well, gluten-free, no apologies' — this slogan, emblazoned on Mike's site, tells you all you need to know about his outlook. He's a must-follow if you want to read about his experiences, thoughts and ruminations on a gluten-free life with bite.