Life has been crazy busy recently, and between one thing and another Mr C and I are fast becoming ships that pass in the night. So, this year we made an effort, to stop and pause, and enjoy some time together with a wee date night to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Of course, due to our schedules we had to have our date night a few days early, but that was just fine.
The evening started with dinner out. We went to Rococo in Ballymena. I’ve been before so I knew the food would be good. Unfortunately we had to ask to move tables as the seat by the entry door lead to being drenched in freezing cold air every few minutes. However, they duly accepted our request and we were provided with a table upstairs.
We ordered cheesy garlic bread, as a starter to share. Mr C had chicken and steak, and I had peppered chicken. It was all delicious.
Dessert was skipped as I had hand prepared some ‘Date’ Truffles at home. Forest Feast had sent me some Medjool Dates, along with recipe to make some heart shaped truffles.
I’m sure they won’t mind me sharing the recipe.
You will need:
- 7 Forest Feast Medjool Dates, pitted
- 65g of Pecan Nuts (or any nuts)
- 85g Ground Almonds
- 30g Cocoa Powder + more for dusting
- !/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- Pinch of sea salt
- Soak the dates in hot water for a few minutes to soften, then drain any excess water
- Finley grind pecans, almonds, and cocoa powder in a food processor. Add dates, vanilla and sea salt, and pulse until a sticky ball forms.
- Taste and add more salt if necessary.
- Take a small ball and place in a heart shaped mould.
- Pop into the freezer overnight.
- Once hard, pop out the truffle hearts, and dust with cocoa powder.
Admittedly, I didn’t add the vanilla or the sea salt, and I only let mine set in the freezer for an hour. They still turned out great though. And the fact that it’s a sweet treat which is made from all natural ingredients, has to be a good thing. Dates are also the symbol of the Goddess Ishtar, the Goddess of fertility, love, sex and power, which just makes these perfect for Valentine’s Day.
We decided to enjoy these truffles while watching the recently released Bridget Jone’s Baby. Oh my word, I haven’t laughed so hard at a film in a long time. I loved it! So did Mr C! I happen to think there is a real shortage of good chick flicks being produced, so I really appreciated this one.
And the film keeps you guessing right to the end… so I won’t spoil it for you here.
Anyway, if you are having a date night, enjoy!