Nov. 13th, 2010

zeborah: Zebra in grass smelling a daisy (gardening)
The building is being renovated, so we all have to move out of our normal office into the other end of the building. I was out on Wednesday morning when my desk needed to be dismantled, hence the box.

Finally got official word of what I'd long suspected, viz., I'm not getting a job interview. Which is a shame because recent events have been putting me into quite a "Must stage a coup and fix everything now!" mood. But it was a long shot and I lost out on it for the reason I expected to be a major problem so I'm not disappointed so much as wistful. Also on the bright side my application seems to have made them think, "Uh oh, she's getting ambitious and we don't want her going somewhere else, we'd better give her awesome leadership training opportunities." So that sounds cool if intimidating. (It's not that I want to be a leader. It's just that I want to fix everything.)

So (chronologically, not consequently) now I'm on a two-week holiday, in which I plan to do as little as possible. Yesterday I was going to do some cooking, but I don't have a cooking icon so I did some gardening instead. (Or possibly I had a nap instead, and then woke up and did some gardening; I forget. The sun is wonderful this weekend, due to yesterday being Show Day.) I pruned a bazillion roses and looked sad at a gazillion aphids. And weeded and pruned more and weeded more.

And! I discovered my baby grape vine (grown from a sprout weeded from my parents' garden) has tiny baby grapes! Each bunch is about the size of a large raspberry. They're so adorable! But I'm probably supposed to prune them off to allow the vine to grow more and because they're unlikely to be very good the first year anyway. :-( But tiny baby grapes! What to do??!

What I did then was, despite the lack of a cooking icon, I cooked anyway, because [personal profile] rushthatspeaks posted a wartime recipe for potato truffles and how can one resist trying something like that? It's so ridiculous that it's got to work.

So, I boiled potatoes without salt, and mashed without milk or butter, and mixed in cocoa and sugar. And then I tasted it and thought, "...Hum. This has a texture remarkably similar to mashed potato."

Adding in some butter helped a little but not much, so I reported it as something of a failure.

However! Having rolled the mixture into balls I left them sitting in the fridge overnight, and this morning they actually seemed better. Possibly I was just hungrier, but possibly the delay had given the moisture time to soften some of the powderiness of the texture.

Also it occurred to me that chopped nuts and sultanas mixed in could help distract from said texture. So I added these, remoulded the truffles, rolled them in dessicated coconut, and brought them this evening to my family who knew nothing of the recipe.

Beta-taster #1 thought they were a bit soft and not very sweet.
Beta-taster #2 thought they were fine.
Beta-taster #3 thought they needed something which, on mature consideration, turned out to be rum.

So here's my revised recipe:

Peel, chop and boil a potato. (Salt is probably still unnecessary.)
Mash potato with milk and butter.
Mix together:
  • 4 tablespoons potato
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or more for folks with a sweet tooth)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sultanas or other dried fruit
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped nuts if there's no fear of nut allergies, otherwise substitute more dried fruit
  • either more vanilla essence than I put in, or rum essence
Mould into balls, roll in dessicated coconut (or chocolate sprinkles as per the original), and put in the fridge for several hours or overnight.

I wouldn't serve them at a fancy party, but for a children's party while the adults at the big table get the proper stuff, sure.

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