Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Truffles for Stuffled Bellies (ie; more balled food, oops haha)

there's good news and bad news.

the bad news is, I am hungover and drinking black-as-night-coffee with sweetener in it because that's my remedy for feeling like my organs have turned to metal. but the good news is that I had the BEST DINNER ever last night. EVER.

See, my sister works at the neat-o Wheat Berry (where I used to work, actually), and they had their christmas party yesterday at the also neat-o Green Door restaurant - complete with free food! No more paying by weight for some seriously delectable foodstuffs. I had a plate full of sesame-oiled-kale-squash, and greek rice cabbage rolls, vegan fig bars, all sorts of beans, peanut satay whatnot, crispy-tender sourdough with little seeds in it, these awesome chewy noodle thingers with seaweed in them, more fig bars. Tapenade. Salsa. Punch with organic berries in it (and alcohol besides)! I missed the apple pie, but there was apple pie there, too. Lordy, it was fabulous.

I made some truffles. They're on the ooey-gooey side, but they taste really good. And not bad for about 10 minutes of work. There's kind of a recipe? But also kind of not, so here's a list of ingredients I was throwing around ---

150 grams of dark chocolate (chopped really finely)
2/3 cup almond milk (or less)
2 tbsp soy milk powder
2 tbsp margarine
3 tbsp canadian whiskey
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp icing sugar (maybe)
1 tbsp cocoa powder (sort of)
pinch of salt

* heat the milk, milk powder and margarine almost to boiling, then add the chocolate, remove from heat and let it sit for a minute.
* stir to melt the chocolate, add the rest of the ingredients (probably add more icing sugar or cocoa powder than I did at this point, to make the truffles firmer.)
* move to a container, let it cool to room temp, cover with plastic and chill overnight
* when it's cold, dish out little truffle-balls and roll them in............

cocoa powder, roasted chopped nuts, icing sugar, more melted chocolate, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, matcha powder, cookie crumbs, sprinkles probably, crushed candies, other stuff. I used hazelnuts (mmmmmmm).

oh yeah! and don't bother buying paper candy cups if you don't want to -- little rounds cut out of wrapping paper are pretty cute. just squash the paper circles on the top of a bottle of soda - presto custom paper-cup!

(the egg carton is less posh. but hey, it was just for my friends, they don't care. ^_^)


ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Aww, I hope you feel better soon (and that the coffee does the trick).

On the other hand, those truffles look absolutely delectable... I know you saved me some, right? ;o)

VeggieGirl said...

hope your hangover is clear up soon!

oooh, the Christmas party sounds like it was a delicious affair!! sounds like a great restaurant, as well.

WOW those truffles look fantastic - great idea with the "rather impromptu" paper cups! :0)

Ruby Red Vegan said...

a FREE vegan buffet! oh, i am so jealous of you right now! (except for the hangover, i'm glad i don't have that - so by the way, feel better!) mmm...kale and squash and cabbage rolls and peanut satay and fig bars. it must have been so overwhelming to be surrounded by a massive quantity of vegan food. that doesn't happen often enough, we're normally in the minority...

yummy looking truffles, i wish i could have some of yours now that the holidays have arrived!

a-k (of swell vegan) said...

your blog looks great! delicious foods abound. truffle joyfulness. montreal sounds delightful in the snow.

Ashasarala said...

Wow... That sounds like a crapload of food. Sorry about the hangover, though. :(

I have a recipe for truffles, but it only includes cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and a little soymilk. I hope they don't come out tasted like crap. :(

Anardana said...

I can't compete with green door, but my dinner party is going to be awesome too! and you won't have a hangover because we don't drink. Are there going to be any truffles left to bring? :)

Liz² said...

chocolatecoveredvegan and veggiegirl, thank you! the coffee did the trick, and I psychically sent you truffles to try! :O

ruby red vegan, it is SO the best restaurant ever, and I never eat there because it's usually so expensive. it *was* a bit overwhelming, and I kept handing bites of stuff to my sister, asking "does that taste like cheese to you?" because everything tasted so savoury and good (the Green Door is only *mostly* vegan, but I was assured there was no animal products in anything I chose, it was all just THAT delicious!)

a-k - thank you! truffle joyfulness and montreal snow are bits of my heart, to be sure ^_^

ashasarala - they should turn out perfectly, really. I'm convinced that truffles don't really need anything other than chocolate + non-milk to taste good. plus, I have a hard time believing anything you make could turn out crap! :p

anardana, there's actually quite a few of them left! for sure I'll bring them, plus a savoury side. and I'll dress up as per request! :D

Mihl said...

What a coincidence! I am just making truffles, too! I give them to my family every Christmas and this year I started to make my first vegan ones.

Leigh said...

What beautiful truffles! I need to get me some whisky and some soymilk powder and try a batch of those.

vegetalion said...

1.) hope the coffee works for you

2.) you know you're a foodie and/or crazy vegan when a.) you post about how good "chewy noodle thingers with seaweed in them" are (asi n your case) or b.) you read about them on someone else blog and think they sound amazing (as in mine). ^_^

3.) as per your comment on my blog - you've been pronouncing my username right - it's french! sorta.

Emilie said...

Wowz. The spread sounds amazing...I wish I immediate access to it right now. Love your truffles too--it's funny--I was making truffles this morning. Must be something in the air.

aTxVegn said...

The party food sounds outstanding! No wonder you couldn't help yourself.

The truffles look yummy and the wrapping paper idea is very clever.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Your truffles look so delectable!!!

textual bulldog said...

your truffles look so pretty! what lucky friends you have.

bazu said...

Awesome! I always say I want to make truffles, but never have quite gotten around to it. Yours look so good, especially the nutty ones.