Sunday, 7 April 2013

What is the secret of the Teaspoon?

I have long been convinced that my teaspoons lead a secret life. They sneak out of the kitchen draw at night and head out for a night on the town, partying hard all night and end up so inebriated that in the wee hours of the morning they forget where they live and are lost forever.

Or maybe they are double agents ... they are spying on the knives and taking important secret files back to the spoons .. I sometimes find them hiding amongst knives or forks and wonder what they have been up to. I wonder if the knives have made more than one set of concrete shoes fitted for teaspoons and if somewhere at the bottom of the dogs pool there is a grizzly teaspoon graveyard.

Terry has a theory for the latest disappearance, which he thinks happened while we had a visitor, Louie from Western Australia, who rode here on his bike and has a cool camper trailer that he tows. Terry reckons that during one of their late night parties one of the teaspoons noticed the trailer parked in the backyard and went to investigate this unusual contraption. He soon called over his buddies and they all were fascinated and spent the night playing in this cool jungle gym. They were caught by the first rays of sunlight early in the morning and weren't quick enough getting back inside, the humans were already up and about getting ready to leave on the return trip across Australia. Now the teaspoons didn't know that their playground actually moved and it was the only place they could think of to hide until the sun went back down and the humans went back to bed, so they jumped back into the trailer. Louie packed all his gear tightly back into the trailer that morning then headed off all unknowing that he had stow aways. I wonder where our little teaspoons have ended up, maybe they jumped ship somewhere along the way and are even now trying to find there way back from Broken Hill or somewhere along the highway in the Nulabour. Maybe they are lost or maybe they are having a great adventure.

I'm not sure exactly what the reason is it might be something I haven't even thought of yet, there might be aliens that have teaspoon fetishes that visit my cutlery draw. But my teaspoons disappear, their numbers usually gradually reduce so that you don't notice it at first, then one day you go to the draw and there's only one or two solitary teaspoons resting in their little compartment. In the last week or so we have noticed it happening again.

I found some of them, they were hiding in the fridge. I'd made some Chocolate Truffles to take to work last weekend and meant to use up the remaining mixture to make some for us. But I forgot about them til this weekend and when I pulled out the bowls of mixture this morning I found two teaspoons resting in there. I'm still missing a couple I'm sure of it, maybe they will turn up .. or maybe one of my theories is right and they are gone forever.

I made the rest of the Truffles today, and I'm munching on yummy chocolate treats with my coffee as I write this. These things are a huge hit where ever I take them and so easy to make.

All they are is two cups each of milk and dark chocolate buddies melted with about 2/3 of a cup of thickened cream and teaspoon of vanilla essence. After it's all melted together take it off the heat and let it cool a bit. You can add stuff after it has cooled but not set, I added chopped hazelnuts this time. Then you just stick it in the fridge to set, overnight is best. Once set use about a teaspoon full of mixture and roll it into a ball and cover in what ever you like. I have used dessicated coconut and toasted coconut here, you can use powdered cocoa which is yummy too. I'd like to try making these with a bit of fruit or maybe with a whole nut inside each one.

But while you are making these make sure you keep a close eye on your teaspoons ... you never know what they will get up to while you are not looking!

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