Today is Bumble Bee making day with my teenage sons and my 4 year old granddaughter. An opportunity to reblog the recipe but also add this “Date and Almond Balls” recipe I found on the side of the date packet…
Mix in a large bowl: 3 cups of chopped dates, 3 teaspoons finely grated orange rind, 2/3 cup toasted blanched almonds, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom. Put ingredients in a food processor and process mixture until a paste forms (might need to do this in batches). Lightly wet hands and roll mixture into balls about 1 tablespoon in size and roll in coconut (1/4 to 1/3 cup is required)
When my children were small and then before that, when my sisters and I were young, Christmas was a time for making Bumble Bees, Apricot Balls and Rum Balls.
Food trends change and now the fashion is to make delicate chocolates and dusted truffles. But while we experiment with the more trendy Christmas treats, we always come back to our old fashioned favourites.
This recipe is my mother’s and I am sure the week before Christmas we will be going over to grandma’s with the boys and under her watchful eye, make Bumble Bees and Rum Balls yet again. We will have discussions about how big to make them, we will spill coconut everywhere and my mother will question why we are in her kitchen making the mess. But we will have fun, we will talk and we will share family time.
I found this quote which says so much: “Food…
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