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A stubborn old Irishman and rum cardamom fig chocolate truffles

A stubborn old Irishman and rum cardamom fig chocolate truffles

Hello and Happy New Year! Did you miss me? I promised myself to be disciplined about this blog and to write at least once a week. But sometimes life gets in the way and commitments change.

The reason for my hiatus was a recent trip out East with my sister to help our father. He's 86 years old and lives by himself in a home not suited to his needs and yet won't consider moving to a better, more accommodating space (stubborn old fella). So we did our best, in the three days we were there, to transform his home into a safer place. It was physically and emotionally demanding work. But as they say in my hometown, we got 'er done! 

Mainly, we moved his bedroom, which was on the second floor, into the living room on the main floor, and edited other rooms of unnecessary furniture to allow him to move about with his walker more freely. We cleaned and de-cluttered, and moved things unneeded into the basement, and only briefed entertained or flat out ignored any of his protests. And we grew weary as we looked around at the accumulation of stuff in said basement knowing it too would have to be dealt with some day.

I worry I sound cold and uncaring, but on the whole, the experience was occasionally amusing but mostly bemusing. My sis and I joked that we felt like Nanny McPhee as we looked around at the results of our toil before leaving for the airport. But  I kept asking myself: Why do people burden themselves with so much stuff? Why is it so hard to let go of things? What do we fear will happen if we do ? Why are we afraid of empty space? (I've mentioned briefly in other posts here and here that I am not dispassionate about homes and the stuff we accumulate.)

The answers to my questions must wait for another day. Maybe we can explore them together in the months to come. I'd like that.

Right now, I will share with you a wonderful recipe for a delicious treat - Rum Cardamom Fig Chocolate Truffles - inspired by a cupboard full of dried figs, a daughter who is sugar-free and wheat-free coming home for the holidays, and stumped as to what to make for a Christmas dessert. What I love about people with food sensitivities and preferences is they open us up to discover new recipes and exotic ingredients. 

I like to play with recipes and I did with this one, too. Instead of maple syrup I sweetened these truffles with coconut nectar. And instead of soaking my figs in hot water, I soaked them overnight in rum. I rolled mine in coconut but you could roll them in other things too: cocoa, crushed nuts, rock salt. They really are a delightful treat, guaranteed to satisfy chocolate lovers, fig lovers and those with a sweet tooth. They are also very easy to make (food processor required), and full of nutritious goodness. Just google health benefits of figs and you will see what I mean.

Until next time.

xo

Clean the air in your home and make it smell good

Clean the air in your home and make it smell good

An afternoon spent making merry

An afternoon spent making merry