I have a confession to make: I love raw food blogs. I find them so inspiring, and think it is wonderful that blogging really does help establish an online raw food community of sorts. At one point, I was so fascinated with the whole raw food blogging phenomenon, that I even considered writing about it in an academic context for my MA in Popular Culture!
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a fabulous new raw food blog which combines some of my favorite interests: raw food and design. Coupled with a great visual sensibility and striking photography, Golubka is, according to their About section, "a mother-daughter collaboration covering good food, clever design, and some things in between. Dreaming of a family café and the world. Golubka - noun, dove from Russian."
One of their featured recipes for Avocado Truffles really caught my eye. Apart from the absolutely beautiful photography, these are so unique and looked super delicious, so I thought I would give them a whirl. The recipe and ingredients seemed simple enough to manage; mango, cilantro, avocado, lime juice, black sesame seeds, and a melange of dried fruit and nuts for the coating:
For the most part, this recipe was quite straightforward, however I made a few adjustments for my truffles, using pistachios, dried mango, sunflower seeds, and goji berries for the coating. I found that a coffee grinder, while helpful, tended to grind the ingredients into a powdery texture, whereas a more crumbly mixture was needed for the coating. Using a mortar and pestle (or placing the ingredients in a plastic Ziploc bag) to grind./mash them would also suffice.
Some additional tips when making this recipe: make sure to refrigerate the avocados beforehand, and also that they are quite firm rather than soft (makes it easier to handle them while coating them with the mixture, as well as slicing them as part of the presentation). Also remember to chop the mango into small pieces for the filling, as it can be quite difficult to fill the avocados with large pieces of mango. I found that I had some mango filling mixture leftover, which made for a wonderful mango salad.
Overall, I was pleased with my attempt at Avocado Truffles, and would love to make them for a dinner party as an appetizer. They were quite yummy, and would be a wonderful, fun accompaniemtn for crackers. I'm hoping to make a variation of these for an upcoming cooking class. Stay tuned for the results!