My mind went silent-
She had just divulged a secret so personal it was almost an honor for it to be told to me. The clutter of thoughts that I've worked years on trying to stop were gone, for I knew I had to be present. There was no distractions about what was on my to do list tomorrow or about what that one guy said on our date last week because the words that she spoke broke any noise. Her communication was presented with logic and poise, but the words were loud and pinched my lacrimal system. Choked up I had to stay strong because she was being so strong.
Her strength was to be admired, and her vulnerability- unquestionable. She stood there naked. Almost as if she was shrugging her shoulders and saying “it’s a part of life.” And I hated that because it was true; sometimes bad things happen to good people.
Beautiful she was, as she was coming into her own. As if she was slowly getting to know her strength, but wasn’t yet convinced. There was no need to touch or kiss or cry because there was a much deeper connection there.
The wine emptied and our plates were stained with the smear of our food.
The dinner table acted as our channel of communication. It was a place where three people sat around and felt comfortable enough to say “this is how I’m feeling.” To be real with one another. Sometimes, we have to remind our peers that we too are human, and that we too feel a sense of failure, even when it’s not our fault.
Our food provides the comfort for us to strip down and say “this is me.”
Vegan Chocolate Truffles
- 12 ounces of good quality vegan dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk
- 1/2 a mashed avocado (optional)
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbs espresso
- Cocoa powder for coating
- In a small pot, heat up some water- just a small simmer.
- Add a small bowl to the top of the pot (the bowl shouldn't be touching the water inside), so you can melt your chocolate.
- Add your coconut milk to the bowl and allow it to warm up.
- Once it is heated, add your chocolate and allow for it to melt.
- Stir the chocolate and coconut milk together until the mixture is thick and creamy.
- Add in your salt, vanilla, and espresso.
- Remove from heat and stir in your avocado- this will make it even creamier.
- Allow for the mixture to cool completely, and then set it in the fridge covered.
- Once the mixture is totally hardened (let it sit for at least two hours), scoop out spoonfuls and form them in your hands.
- Once you have rolled your whole mixture, dunk your truffles into some cocoa so they are totally coated.