Thursday, 14 February 2013

Using the Force: Chocolate Truffles

Now I am going to blatantly show off. Look what my husband made me for Valentine's day! 

Chocolate truffles! 

They were presented to me along with a bouquet of flowers and a card from my children in a specially made box. (Cute or what?!)

It wasn't a total surprise, as it's hard to make truffles without me noticing. So I did watch Tim making them. 

My husband is one of those annoying  impressive people who can just cook things. I was very impressed by it when we were going out and he was wooing me by making all those delish dinners. 

So this one was also made by 'using the Force' and here is what it boils down to: 

Chocolate truffles
(makes about 20 - don't be fooled by the first photo, those truffles didn't fit in the box)

225g of dark chocolate
225ml of double cream
50g soft unsalted butter
a small pinch of salt (I know. Salt? Apparently it makes it taste better)
2 tsps - vanilla extract
cocoa powder for rolling them in

Melt the chocolate in bain marie (a bowl over steam), add all the other ingredients and mix till smooth. 
Takes no time, so watch out. 
Leave to cool - for a while. 
Then use melon ball or failing that teaspoons and your hands to shape the cooled and hardened ganache into balls.
Roll them in cocoa powder. 

(Now, between you and I, the final result could have been a bit sweeter, but I am from Ukraine and like sweet things)
But the chocs a delicious!
And I am touched. And impressed. 

And amused that I had to listen to the 'Force' leitmotif on youtube as a sign of admiration for my wonderful hubby. Too right I say! 

We will be having a meat free dinner today: cod with something. Tim will be 'using the Force' again. And home made raspberry mojitos

Watch this space. 


  1. Nothing to do with meat or veggies, just a bit of blatant self-promotion :)

  2. Wow, how cool is this?!

    Juliet's work has been longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize.

    She 'hacked' into a CCTV camera in a laundrette in the US and took a photo on top of every hour to create a line of 24 images of what happens there.

    Here is how she did it and some more links:

    "So, I suppose you might be wondering how I did this and is it really that easy? Well, yes it is, but first I want to make clear that this 'hacking' doesn't involve breaking code, finding out passwords or accessing secure data, but follows Wikipedia's definition as: "A modification of a program or device to give the user access to features that otherwise were unavailable to them."

    The cameras are accessible because of lax security and all that's needed is a search term in Google as the cameras are easily recognisable by the numbers in the url."