This is a post dedicated to A.
1 December was the first day of a world without A, a befriended mom whom we got to know through school three years back, having just moved back from Sweden. Her oldest and our oldest were in the same class, just as her middle kid and our youngest. We got along well, our husbands and children got along well, and last year we started going on excursions during weekends. That is also what we did two weeks ago, making further plans for get-aways during 2018.
And then only 4 days later she found herself biking at the wrong place at the wrong time. Plain bad luck, with terrible consequences.
So this recipe is dedicated to her.
Only days before, she had finally found my IG-account (having misspelled it earlier in her searches, due to bad oral communication), and was ❤-ing one food picture after another, followed by a text message that she wanted a signed copy of my cookbook. That cookbook was one of the many plans – both hers and mine – we had discussed during earlier conversations. I don’t know if I will ever succeed in publishing one – she was, however, an ardent believer and supporter. She also generally thought that dreams are there to be realised, and she truly lived to put her own ideas into action and stimulated others to dare and dream bigger. But in case I never get to publish one, then at least there is this.
Besides our plans for the future, we regularly discussed food as such (me being a vegan, she being an advocate of low-sugar food), and this recipe for naturally sweetened raw bites would no doubt have been totally right up her alley. The combination of flavours -coffee and cardamom- is derived from a Dutch vegan ice cream brand, Prof. Gruenschnabel, which is now finally widely available over here.
So these are to you, A.
I wish I could have served these alongside a cup of tea or coffee after the dinner I intended to host for you and your family. They will have to serve as one of the many vehicles to remember the wonderful person you were instead
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
- Pinch of salt and vanilla
- 1 tsp coffee (ground coffee)
- Ground seeds from ca. 5 cardamom pods
- 1 TB cacao
Blend everything in a food processor until you end up with a sticky dough, then roll into walnut-sized balls.
Coat with melted chocolate if desired.