My heart is feeling a little low on pizzazz today. In fact, if the doctor who analyses my blood test results next week decides to scan for pizzazz levels, she might find it necessary to prescribe three bags of sour cola gummies to cheer me up. You see, it was my grandmother’s funeral yesterday, and I miss her.
Subsequently, I’ve decided to delay the next Moruya trip instalment, as the words aren’t flowing freely today. Instead, I thought I’d tell you about the simple (but delicious) No-Bake Vegan Cherry Date Truffles I made to snack on during that Moruya trip of singing and laughter.
Oh, and I also thought I’d describe to you the latest in my ongoing series of nincompitude. It goes a little something like this:
Several months ago, I bought my first car. I have since been enjoying the luxury of being in complete control of when, where, and how I drive. Recently, I was driving Jenni and our Sydney-based colleague Vicky back from an event at Parliament House when it started raining heavily. Rain while you’re driving can be quite loud, and so I started having difficulty hearing what Vicky, in the back seat, was saying.
As I concentrated on driving while also trying to focus on Vicky’s voice, my brain made a decision that I wasn’t quite aware of. Without thinking through what I was doing, I saw my hand reach over to the dashboard and turn the volume dial up.
Yes, friends, you heard that right.
I tried to increase the volume of my friend’s voice by turning up my car’s volume dial.
It took me several seconds to recognise what I’d tried to do, and then I laughed so hard I almost crashed the car. (Not really. I’m a super safe driver. Promise, Mum.)
Apparently, my subconscious is a shrieking tantrumming child who believes “My car! My car my rules! My car I control all! Power power mine me me my car bow before my needs weakling universe me me! My car!”
It’s moments like these that remind me how happy I am to to have an arsenal of simple no-bake vegan treat recipes on hand, which can be whipped up at a moment’s notice to bring a little sweetness and pizzazz into life.
Wait, what? Did you say something? I can’t seem to hear you. Where’s my computer’s volume dial?
No-Bake Cherry Date Truffles
- 2/3 cup (80g) raw cashews
- 1/2 cup (45g) rolled oats or five-grain mix
- 2/3 cup (100g) Medjool dates (or other fresh dates)
- scant 2/3 cup (80g) dried (tart) cherries
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- optional, for extra pizzazz: coconut (to mix through or roll in), cinnamon, ground ginger, cacao nibs, cocoa powder… the possibilities are endless.
- In a food processor (or blender like a Vita-Mix), process the cashews and oats to a fine consistency. Remove to a bowl (or don’t bother; your call!).
- Add the dates, cherries, vanilla, and salt, the process until the mixture has come together cohesively and is well-blended.
- Roll into balls (and then roll in coconut, sesame seeds, or anything equally delicious if you have the time) and store in the fridge or freezer for that moment when your soul requires something to help it sing.
Question Time: Have you done anything a bit silly lately?