Another wonderful poem by my friend’s daughter, after we bribed her with home-made choc covered almond dates…. yummy. Of course we ate most of them, but the poem is wonderful. Now I need to write as well….
How do you make these delicacies, here’s is my friend’s recipe…
Chocolate Covered Dates
First you gather at least seven kids in one spot (this is essential to the assembly line nature of the project and child labour policy in my house), then take out the choco chips, there will soon be an attack and the chocolate will be all gone, but voila, you forbid them and eat some yourself – the privilege of being a mom. You have saved the day, I knew being older and wiser would come in handy someday.
Next you melt the semi sweet choco chips in the microwave, making sure you check every 15 seconds that they are the perfect consistency by licking a bit of it. Now time for child labour.
The first child: Will score the dates – ideally they will be old enough not to be distracted by all the chocolate around them (soon due to distraction from all the chocolate and the hazard of cutting off a finger you will take over this part of the assembly line)
The second child: Will pit the dates – make sure their hands are clean, no nose picking etc… (yes, kids do it even though we deny that our kids do it-soon due to hygiene concerns you will take over this part of the assembly line)
The third Child: Will stuff the dates with two almonds (yes, two, no not one, no not three, yea they can eat some, no the almonds are not pits-soon you will take over this part of the assembly line)
The fourth child: Will using two forks roll the dates in the melted choc chips (licking the forks to ‘clean’ them after every dip-you cannot do everything so you let the licking pass-this child can stay)
The fifth child: Will roll them in dessicated coconut (if you want) and put them on a wax paper lined dish (you realize that thsi child has disappeared, yes you will be responsible for this part too)
The sixth and seventh child: Will be pretending to be robots and jumping on each other while waiting for the dish to be put into the freezer (and now you know where all the children are)
You and your friend will supervise. Ideally on the couch with a cup of coffee and some strawberries, but this is reality – snap back and do it all yourself. What really happen was that only one child helped the rest were trying to learn taekwondo. But in the end the dates were delicious, and there was so much love in the room, we loved making them. Also, everyone licked the chocolate, so no dishes. Clean fun I call it.
I think I am going to learn a martial art as well – the kids seemed to be enjoying it, I mean how hard can it be to lift my leg above my head and kick someone. I know they will be standing there waiting for me to attack, right. They will not be moving. Am I mistaken?