Easter means chocolate to me, pretty much exclusively I have to say, and I can’t remember the last time I had an Easter egg, it’s been a long time. I remember how much I used to enjoy it as a child with one egg to savour (I wasn’t quite Charlie from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, don’t worry!). This Easter Sunday I’m going to have a row of these lined up and indulge in that (stuffing your face with) chocolate feeling that belongs to that day like no other.
Easter however has a dark side that is just so hard to bear and that I cannot keep quiet about, namely the eating of lambs. This is for me made all the more real by the fact we live surrounded by sheep and lambs in the Peaks. I feel sick just thinking about it, it’s truly horrifying. What can I do? Just look at these beautiful bonny creatures, we don’t need to eat them.
I think the plant-based and vegan change that is sweeping the world will grow and grow as it builds momentum, it is! It has SO MUCH in my life-time. I was raised a compassionate lacto-vegetarian, I have never eaten meat, fish or eggs, but I know what it is to radically change your relationship to food and cut food groups out (read more here), and that it is not only possible to do permanently but also a good positive change, and that a new world of gorgeous food opens up where previously you could only see restriction. So many people are choosing a more compassionate life, and as a child in the UK in the eighties and nineties this was very unusual, as a vegetarian I was a real oddity. Now there are vegans and vegetarians and people cutting down their meat consumption everywhere,
Engaging with people on the internet and social media for me in the past year or so (before then I didn’t even have a smart-phone, how much has changed!) has opened up my eyes to how many people now are veggie and veggie friendly, whether for moral, environmental or health reasons, or a combination of them all. It’s so positive and so great! How could you eat a lamb? I mean come on, it is so deeply obviously wrong. Please watch this, or this, they are documentaries that have transformed so many people’s lives, opened their eyes and given them the knowledge and so power with which to make decisions about the choices they want to make as consumers.
We’re creatures of habit, we compartmentalise, we shut ourselves off from various realities to survive and to justify our actions, we also fill in the dots of so-called reality and live through our own learned understanding of the world. We are as creatures defensive, we don’t like to be wrong, we certainly don’t like to be told we are wrong, we don’t like facing up to our mistakes, it’s painful. It hurts (though not perhaps as much as the process of being slaughtered does…). I understand, and have been raised not to judge other people, I never have, really I have spent my life not judging people for eating meat. But come Easter Sunday, I will suffer too. Why do people eat animals when there is no need to?
choose kindness ♥
These vegan (nearly raw) chocolate truffles take just minutes to whip up and they’re just SO GOOD. They are a beautiful bite of rich, smooth, mellow minty chocolate with the added crunch of cacao nibs. I love truffles because a few is enough to satisfy and they never disappoint. And they make a lovely gift ♥
These vegan chocolate truffles are home-made from scratch from fair-trade ingredients and so are more ethical than much of the mass-produced chocolate consumed around the world (which I have eaten a fair chunk of in my time). You can eat them and feel free of worry. And that’s a great thing, if we are eating things we know we shouldn’t it is a great burden, whether consciously or unconsciously. Let’s live simply and strive to be ethical consumers and rest easy, knowing we have done our best, even if everything we buy isn’t fair trade or organic, we have done our best and are living in a complex world with many pressures as kindly and compassionately as we can.
If you are facing up to things and trying to reduce the amount of meat and dairy you eat and stop, then have a chocolate to reward yourself for the effort and to feel better. The future is all we have, all we can do is move on. And if you are feeling heavy-hearted because of the careless ways of the world, have a chocolate to make you feel sweeter and to comfort you ♥
- 4 tbsp coconut oil (I use mild)
- 5 tbsp solid canned coconut milk (less if more liquid)
- 1 cup of cocoa
- 3 tbsp peppermint extract
- 5 tbsp agave syrup, or other natural syrup, or stevia drops combined with natural sugar
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs
Mix the ingredients in a bowl, using 3/4 cup of cocoa. Melt the coconut oil on a low heat, take off as soon as melted and mix in. Form into balls, the mixture should be slightly sticky but not too much. Put the remaining cocoa powder in a bowl and roll the balls to cover. I like to do this twice for a thicker layer of cocoa.
Serve at room temperature for a soft truffle, or you can refrigerate for a firmer truffle, and freeze for a hard chocolate. If you don't like the texture of cacao nibs then leave them out, it's delicious and smooth. I like the crunch and cacao is very nutritious. 3 tsp of peppermint extract makes for a mellow minty flavour I like, add more for more punch, to taste, the flavour also comes together beautifully when sat for a while, and if left open to the air they harden a little on the outside.
To make the truffles fully raw use cacao instead of cocoa.
I am listening to… Bob Marley Redemption Song
I am reading… William Gibson All Tomorrows Parties
I am watching… Making the Connection