Here in The Apple Isle we're about to reach a milestone: our 500,000th Islander will arrive, somehow, somewhere, very soon. This is a momentous occasion, there's no doubt. And do you know how our Government is celebrating? There will be a memorial beer can produced. So there you go, a new baby could be the proud owner of a can of beer. I worry sometimes about the state of our State!!!
Today MrsDrWho and I watched three episodes of Torchwood Season 2 (Thanks to a swap for Doctor Who New Season 3 with the Bionic Knitter Woman) I really like Torchwood and we have to watch it quickly, so I am enjoying every single moment!! Then we went to the pictures to catch James Bond's Quantum of Solace before it disappeared. Short and sweet and I wasn't scared enough to cover my eyes even once, though I think MrsDrWho did!! The only thing I didn't like was the fight scene direction. It was like when Buffy the Vampire Slayer hired a new Fight Director: all short choppy vignettes that don't allow the fight to flow and make it hard to follow exactly what is happening. Other than that, Daniel Craig is a very good Bond and I never tire of Judy Dench's 'M'.
Harki is feeling happy today and playing right now because I am busy. She's tearing up a box into tiny pieces. Peri is in bed, fast asleep under her blanket. It has been raining again today but this afternoon the Sun was shining. I think it has been raining every day for over a week. We must be nearing some kind of Summer record!! I don't mind, this is lovely cool weather. I can even do my secret knitting!!!
Today I am sharing Chocolate Truffles. I made these earlier in the week so there's no step by step photos, sorry. I gave the recipe to my mum tonight too, so she could make some. These are very easy and I believe very tasty : I can't eat them :-( Tomorrow I am making something in the decoration line at school in the afternoon. An hour or so of school is more than enough or me, so there will be a big nap before there's a post!!
- 200g of very good milk or dark chocolate, I usually use the 70% dark, I buy it on sale
2/3 cup or 160ml of thickened cream
flavouring: vanilla, coffee, alcohol etc if you like
a small square or rectangular container lined with cling-film
That's it. Three ingredients. Chop the chocolate up into small pieces and place into a bowl, metal or glass is best. Heat the cream till it reaches the boil and then pour over the chocolate and walk away for 5 minutes. Then come back and you can stir it till all the chocolate is melted into the cream and the mixture is smooth. If necessary, stand the bowl, very briefly, in a little hot water and then take it away and stir some more. Here's where you add a little flavour if you want, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, or a teaspoon of coffee powder dissolved in a teaspoon of boiling water. You'd mix this in well.
Now pour the chocolate mixture into the lined container and leave it out of the fridge for 1-2 hours, or until it is 'set'. It won't be rock hard.
Turn it out and then cut it into evenly sized cubes: the square or rectangle shape makes this easier. This should make 20-24. The put some cocoa powder into a bowl or a ziplock bag, and dusting a little on your hands each time, roll each cube into a ball and then roll it in the cocoa until it is very well coated. Then refrigerate in a sealed container, and you are ready to go!!!
You can roll them in finely chopped nuts, or praline, or even chocolate sprinkles, whatever you have on hand will be fine!!!