Thursday, 27 March 2014

Rawsome Perfect dates

Begged borrowed and stolen! This is where most of our recipes come from. It’s hard to be truly original and not be inspired by something you’ve seen or tasted sometime before in the memory bank of our mind and taste buds.

The inspiration for this little treat came from Lani, someone I worked with for many years in a little juice bar in Mullumbimby, Australia. This was her answer during the single years of a girl’s life! Snuggling up on a comfy couch, with a romantic comedy on your laptop and a
hot cup of herbal tea or hot chocolate with a small plate of perfect dates! This was the answer to those lonely nights!

There are no drama’s with one of these perfect dates, nothing to worry about before your date. No hours of dressing up and getting ready – your perfect date is happy for you to be comfortable in whatever you feel like wearing. No build up of nerves and worry to freak you out in the days leading up to a date, the perfect date is happy for you to simply be yourself.  No listening to boring conversations about what he does for a living, your perfect date is fine with no talking at all and he just exists for you alone!  No need to worry if he likes you or not because this little date likes you for who you are. And definitely do not worry about if he’s ‘the one’ because the perfect date just is, and you can rest in that fact that this date is here for you and is perfect in his own right. Take your time, savour each moment with your perfect date for he lives just in the moment and will carry you away into dreamland and pure bliss, existing for you and you alone…

The original ones where made with 70% dark organic chocolate but I like these with this raw chocolate as it makes the whole thing good for you, I promise!

To make:
10x fresh Californian dates (1x per person, maybe two…)
½ cups raw macadamia nuts

Raw chocolate
½ cup cacao powder
¼ cup cacao butter, shaved
¼ cup raw agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla powder or scrap the seeds of a pod
½ tsp salt

Optional: 1 tsp of any or all of the following: lucuma powder, macca powder, or mesquite powder for a healthier nutritious super food treat.

To garnish
Cacao nibs & strawberries

To make raw chocolate
Melt the shaved cacao butter in a stainless steal over hot water. Do not place bowl directly on the hot water as it may destroy all the raw nutrients in the cacao butter, if heated directly.
Hand whisk or place in a food processor the rest of the ingredients (including the melted cacao butter) and whisk or blend until smooth and velvety.

To assemble
Split dates down the middle (but not totally in half) and remove the pitt. Then place 2-3 macadamia nuts in the body of the date.

Drizzle the chocolate over the top and garnish with cacao nibs.

Place in fridge to set. Allow an hour. Garnish with fresh strawberries if you wish! Sit down to a passionate romantic comedy and enjoy eat date, one mouthful at a time!

***Photo's by Caspar Brace, my beloved...

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