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Fig and Pistachio Truffles


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School holidays. My daughter is 5, almost 6. My son has just turned 2. I can hear him now chatting in his cot, he will (hopefully) fall asleep soon. My daughter has just sung him a lullaby, a ritual that started three weeks ago and not a day has been missed. We have spent the morning outside. My daughter talks a lot, my son barely talks at all. They play rescue games. She clasps her hands on the rope from the swings and begs for help, declaring she cannot hold on any longer and is desperately crying out for her hero to come to her rescue. This two year old hero has different names everyday, this week he has been Richard, Dennis, and Edward. We do not know a Richard, Dennis or Edward so I am a little perplexed as to where these names come from. He obeys. Follows along. I think that is all that is required.
Being two is tough. Especially when you have few words. At times I can see his frustration. He cries, but really he is just begging for us all to understand. The more he talks, the less he cries. Everyone is happier when they are understood.
Being five seems ok. You’re fairly independent, you don’t mind playing baby games, yet you can also take on the big kid stuff. Sometimes you like to test the boundaries, get a little defiant, be the grown up for a while. But mostly five is just fun. It seems to be a place where you understand enough but not too much.
This is a beautiful phase. My kids play together all the time now. They make each other laugh. The baby has become fun, the sister has become a best friend. I think the time these two have together these holidays will perhaps be amongst the most precious time they have so far shared.
I am very proud of them. I love watching them play. I love watching him copy her, obey her instructions, defy her instructions. I love watching her help him, pick him up when he falls, take on the tasks that are still beyond him.
At night they kiss and cuddle and go their separate ways and each morning they greet each other like long lost friends. It is a pure and perfect love. I hope it is never tarnished by age, by life, by the loss of innocence.

 Chocolate Dipped Fig and Pistachio Truffles


1 firmly packed cup of dried figs

1/2 cup natural pistachios

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

Place the ingredients into your blender or food processor in the order listed above. Blend at high speed until the mixture resembles a fine crumb and easily sticks together. Using damp hands press heaped tablespoons of the mixture into approximately ten even balls and place them into the freezer for 1 hour to set.

Minutes before you remove the truffles from the freezer prepare your chocolate.


3 tablespoons soft coconut oil*

2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa

1 tablespoon honey

Place the ingredients into a small bowl or ramekin. Using a fork, briskly mix the ingredients until they are well combined and you have a lovely, smooth chocolate.

Remove the truffles from the freezer and dip half of each truffle into your chocolate. If you can refrain from eating them place the truffles into the fridge to set.

If you have chocolate left over you can spoon it into silicon mini muffin moulds, place in the fridge to set and enjoy as chocolate disks.

* If your coconut oil is solid you can place it in a small heat proof dish and very gently soften it over a bowl of boiled water.




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Therese Bo January 10, 2014 - 9:02 pm

You have just beautifully captured where my almost five and almost two year old are also at right now in their relationship. Thank you! They devoured your banana bread yesterday. I love your stories just as much as your recipes as we are at a very similar stage of life!

Bianca Slade January 11, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Thank you so much!! your message really does mean a lot to me! I am always blown away when people find the time to read the stories. Thank you.

Emma January 12, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Hi Bianca, My children are about the same ages as yours (my daughter is 5 and my son is 2.5). I love watching them play together. My son is talking a lot which is great as my daughter only stops to breathe (just). Congratulations on your sucess and I wish you a fantastic 2014. My daughter loved her fairy dust (we added edible glitter for some sparkles).
Warm regards

Bianca Slade January 15, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Thank you so much Emma, I really appreciate you taking the time to write. Your 5 year old sounds just like mine 🙂 Thank you for the well wishes, I hope you and your family have a great year too.

Flo January 15, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Wow, these were so good, even when I had to replace the figs with dates, and the melted chocolate with a mix of cacao, maple syrup and coconut oil (something I learnt from another one of your recipes). I can’t wait to take them with me the next time I visit a friend!

Bianca Slade January 15, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Thank you!! I am glad you liked them. Yes I should link the recipe to that chocolate option too. Thanks for writing. Bianca

Sharon January 17, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Thank you for the lovely recipe. Made these as our after dinner treat and they are very dangerous …… can’t stop at one!

Bianca Slade January 19, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Thank you so much. I love the photo. I am glad you have enjoyed them

Adam January 20, 2014 - 8:22 pm

I was recently in Fiji and the Fiji chocolate company sell milk free 90% chocolate. It is beautiful.

Bianca Slade January 24, 2014 - 8:02 am

It sounds delicious!!!

Åsa January 22, 2014 - 8:00 pm

I’ve tried the Lindt 99% cacao and I like it a lot but if you’re looking for any sweetness you’re out of luck. It’s a bit bitter as as result of the lack of sugar so it’s not for everyone.

Bianca Slade January 24, 2014 - 8:18 am

I think it sounds great! I hope to try it one day. Thank you.

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Ab March 27, 2014 - 2:14 pm

hi hi- i love this idea.. but my ‘chocolate’ is too liquidy… did i heat the coconut oil too long? this shouldn’t become a liquid should it? mine looks like real melted chocolate!

Bianca Slade March 31, 2014 - 1:49 pm

You could pop it in the fridge for a minute or two, that should thicken it slightly. However, your balls will be cold from being in the freezer so I think when you did it it will be fine. It is like melted chocolate, perhaps a little thicker.

jaye September 21, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Mine looked melted as well but once it hit the really cold truffle(straight out of the freezer) the chocolate firmed up ?

Bianca Slade September 27, 2015 - 11:17 am

Thank YOU Jaye. x

VE April 12, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Hi Bianca, I only discovered your blog a few days ago and have already made big plans to cook up a storm. Your food looks fantastic. I “visit” many foodie blogs however yours is the only one I actually read! Your writing is beautiful. Thank you for the recipes but also the wonderful words.

Bianca Slade April 17, 2014 - 8:43 am

Thank you so much for your lovely message!!! I really appreciate it and I am glad you are enjoying it here. x

jaye September 21, 2015 - 3:08 pm

They are delicious

Bianca Slade September 27, 2015 - 11:17 am

Thank YOU. x


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