Timeless Traditions

LUISE FROM GREEN KITCHEN STORIES

In the light of this year’s festive season, we wish to highlight and celebrate the many different traditions and personal stories of contemporary families.  

For this piece, we are invited into the creative kitchen of Green Kitchen Stories founder, cookbook author and aspiring midwife Luise and her family.
Read snippets from the interview and scroll down to discover a delicious Christmas recipe, perfect for the whole family to gather around.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL HOLIDAY TRADITIONS IN YOUR FAMILY WHEN IT COMES TO BAKING, COOKING, AND SPENDING TIME TOGETHER IN THE KITCHEN?

The holidays are for slowing down and spending time together. We usually end up in the kitchen, cooking slow food and connecting over meals.

ANY GOOD ADVICE WHEN COOKING WITH CHILDREN?

We believe that involving children in the kitchen is essential. It may be simple tasks like chopping softer ingredients like tofu, bell pepper or pit dates. Stirring the sauce, decorating, or tasting the food. It makes them more invested in the food, which multiplies the chances of them actually eating it.

GREEN KITCHEN STORIES’

HOLIDAY DATE TRUFFLES

This recipe is for cacao date truffles, which is a super easy recipe for children to make, amazingly delicious and combines various Christmas spices. Make them extra festive and roll the truffles in colourful Christmas sprinkles. Eat them all or put them in a jar to give them away as a last-minute Christmas gift.

Makes 35-40 truffles.

INGREDIENTS

30 large fresh dates, pitted.
8 tbsp. rolled oats.
4 tbsp. dried shredded coconut.
4 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil.
4 tbsp. cacao powder.
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon.
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom.
1 tsp. ground or freshly grated ginger.
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg.

INGREDIENTS FOR ROLLING

Melted dark chocolate.
Shredded coconut.
Chopped nuts like walnut, almonds, and pistachio.
Crushed Peppermint candy or sprinkles.

HOW TO

Mix all the ingredients in a food processor for about 1 minute or until it shapes up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Place the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Then form 15 – 20 small, round truffles with your hands; they should be half the size of a golf ball. Roll the truffles in melted chocolate, finely chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or peppermint candy. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.

TIP

If you do not have a strong food processor or stick blender, just place your pitted dates on a plate and mash with a fork until they are sticky and smooth as caramel. Then add the rest of the ingredients and knead by hand until well combined. Place in the fridge and follow the steps above.

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