Hello and Happy 2014! I can’t believe another year is already here…
Recently with the cold temperatures and some crazy flu going around (H1N1), I’ve been stocking up on turmeric, adding ‘a pinch here and pinch there’ to all my cooking. Also, my Ayurvedic Turmeric Milk recipe for cold and flu is coming in handy. I’m taking this daily to ward off any scratchy throats which are just painfully annoying! When we become sick even with the wimpiest cold or flu, it takes away precious time (sometimes even weeks) from doing the things we love, from feeling vibrant with full energy and loving every single day of our lives. Now as I ‘knock on wood’ and slap back a turmeric shot I’m hoping to make it through another season without catching anything. If we’re talking about resolutions, one thing I did resolve to do is – don’t forget the turmeric!
On the subject of resolutions, did you make any this year? I think my resolutions are generally the same every year. Unless they are specific, they tend to fade away as soon as the snow melts if I’m lucky. This year I didn’t make any. The one thing I did do was to set some intentions for myself, which I think has a positive ring to it. I think setting out “intentions” are more clear and concise and can embody much more confidence within us to make needed bigger changes in our lives.
I didn’t make a long list, but one of my intentions is to have more treat days. While keeping a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a certain level of wellness, we do have cravings to eat and enjoy the foods we love. For me it’s chocolate. When a craving strikes, then it’s time for a treat day. Nothing scheduled, but when it’s been awhile then it’s time to enjoy. Life is short!
So on the first day of January I made a big batch of my Homemade Chai Spiced Orange Chocolate Truffles and stashed them in the freezer, ready for my next treat day. I love these because they are decadent, indulgent and natural without the addition of sugar. I used medjool dates to sweeten the pot! Here’s the recipe:
Homemade Chai Spiced Orange Chocolate Truffles
1 pkg. pitted medjool dates (340g)
1/4 cup hot water
300g dark bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup 10% light cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. Arvinda’s Chai Masala
zest of an orange
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Method: In a bowl, soak medjool dates in hot water for 30 minutes. Set aside.
In a double boiler over the stove, gently melt chocolate. (A double boiler is a pot of boiling water with a bowl placed on top to melt the chocolate. This way chocolate won’t burn). Stir in cream, vanilla extract, Arvinda’s Chai Masala and orange zest.
In a food processor, purée dates with water until a smooth paste. In a separate big bowl combine date paste with chocolate mixture. Chill in freezer for 30 minutes.
Form into truffles and roll in coconut. Enjoy on a treat day!
My first treat day of 2014 came today!
I wish you all a happy, healthy and turmeric-filled fantastic 2014!
A teaspoon of: Enrique Iglesias. Listening to: Marta.