Growing up my Grandparents lived across the road from me. I visited their house every day.
Grandma would make me Nutella sandwiches with all the crust cut off. She would peel, core and slice my apples. She would chop a Summer Roll into bite sized pieces and serve it to me on a pretty plate.
I never asked for any of this. I never said “Grandma could you cut off the crusts?” or “Would you mind peeling my apple?” Grandma just took these extra little steps.
The extra little steps that Mum’s simply don’t have time for. Or at least I don’t and my gorgeous Mother certainly didn’t.
If my kids want an apple, they get themselves an apple. Unpeeled, uncored and unchopped.
They eat their crusts.
They have never had a Summer Roll.
I think this little scenario captures so much of the joy of being a Grandparent and a Grandchild. It shows us that it’s always the little things that matter. It is the little things that ingrain themselves on our hearts and twenty five years later still make us smile.
Now, when my parents come and stay, my Mum buys the kids a mountain of cherries and removes all the pips for my son.
She sits and plays endless games of snap with my daughter.
My father has done countless trips around the house with the kids in the wheelbarrow.
He will happily listen to my little girl tell made up joke, after made joke, after made up joke and laugh every time.
My children will remember this. They will remember in a way that in years to come they won’t just see the image in their mind. They will smile from the inside out, their faces will light up and they will feel exactly as they felt then.
Just as I can still see and feel myself as a six year old, sitting at Grandma’s table, elegantly indulging in my perfectly prepared Summer Roll.
It leaves me wondering if I love this classic bar because of it’s deliciousness, or is it more to do with the memories that the mere sight of it ignites?
Summer Roll Bliss Balls
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon coconut cream
- 1 tablespoon honey*
- 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 6 rounded tablespoons cashew spread
- 3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa
- 2 tablespoons honey*
- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut to roll the bars in
- Place the coconut ingredients into your processor and blend until the coconut is broken down and the mixture is well combined. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
- Add the chocolate ingredients to your processor and blend until the mixture is combined. Add the coconut mixture to the processor and gently mix until it is swirled through the chocolate.
- Use your hands to press and shape the mixture into balls. Roll the balls through the extra coconut and place in the fridge for several hours or overnight to set.
- Serve. Eat. Enjoy.
*you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer