I cannot believe I haven’t published anything for almost two months! The dark side of having a real job [and being addicted to TV series and trying to go to the gym with some sort of regularity..].
I start to realize that life as a Ph.D. student was somehow easier (somehow) — if by “easy” we mean “Screw it, I will be working from home today” = 3-hour lunch break, split into cooking 1 h + clumsily attempting to take pictures 2 h.
Anyway, it looks like I’ll have plenty of free time until the fourth season of House Of Cards is released, so I’d better lift my lazy ass up and update this blog…. 😀
Nothing would be better than a chocolate cake to break the silence, especially if it is not-completely-unhealthy* and made with the finest ingredients.
*I think we all agree that beetroot juice, not a cake, can be defined Healthy… still “some cakes are healthier than others” 🙂 (Yes, I’d understand very well if you started singing The Smiths under your breath inadvertently, with these awkwardly altered lyrics..)
- 100 g hazelnuts
- 100 g dates
- 200 g cashew nuts
- 80 g raw chocolate
- 100 g homemade date paste
- 100-200 ml water
- cardamom powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 300 g raspberries
- Base: soak dates in warm water and let sit for 30 minutes, then drain the water. Process dates; blitz hazelnuts until you get coarse crumbs. Knead by hand almond crumb and date paste, then press the base mixture evenly in the tin (diam. 20 cm), previously brushed with coconut oil.
- Cream: drain the cashews and rinse well, finely chop the chocolate, then throw all filling ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the tin and smooth out using a wet spatula or spoon. Cover with cling film and let it sit in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
- Garnish with some fresh raspberries to finish off.
- Take out of the fridge 20-30 minutes befoe serving.
In the picture you see my new favourite good-mood chocolate. In the recipe I have used “Pure / Nibs” and “Mulberry / Vanilla”.
What struck me the most about lovechock goes beyond their (excellent) chocolate. It is their ethic and their attention to detail. Their attachments. Their inspirational and motivational quotes. Moreover, I mean, these guys hold positions like “chief happiness director”, “happiness sourcer”, “happiness manufacturer”!! (Yes, I tried to apply!) Enjoy the cake! ^_^