~ Happy Teachers Day ~
I am indebted to my father for living,
but to my teacher for living well.
- Alexander The Great
September 5th is celebrated as Teachers Day in India.
The day commemorates the birthday of the great Indian teacher
Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan for his contribution towards
our education system . Today's post is a tribute to all the
efforts & love our mentors have put in to shape our
careers & make us what we are today .
Say it with Flowers
Flowers are the best way to say Thankyou ,better still
if they can be touched , smelled & also relished till the
last bite. These edible flowers on stick are quick to make.
Gift them as individual sticks or bunch these into a beautiful
edible bouquet. The little ones will surely enjoy creating
these gifts of love.
Truffle Flower sticks
Makes 8-10 truffles
Ingredients - 8-10 seedless dates, 4 regular cookies or any of your
favorite chocolate cookies crushed coarsely with a rolling pin, 2 tbsp
finely chopped nuts ( almonds, cashews, figs, raisins , apricots -
the choice is yours) 2 tsp nutella or any other chocolate spread .
For dipping & decorating - 100 gms chocolate & few colorful
sprinkles, some lollipop sticks or skewers .
For assembling - colorful craft paper , scissors, cling wrap & some
non- toxic craft clay, some florist tape & paper leaves ( opt)
Tip - adjust the Nutella as per requirement , buttery cookies will
require less while wholegrain / low fat cookies need a bit more.
Method- Grind the dates till pasty. Mix in crushed cookies, nuts &
Nutella. Roll into small balls & keep aside. melt the chocolate in a
double boiler or for 30 secs in a microwave. Dip one end of the lollipop
stick in it & skew in the prepared truffle. Refrigerate for a min .
Remove from the refrigerator , hold the stick & dip the truffle into
melted chocolate, gently tap to remove excess. Top with sprinkles
& refrigerate for 5-6 mins or till chocolate sets. Cling wrap .
For Assembling - Cut out flowers from craft paper .Pass the wrapped
truffle stick through the centre of the flower. Put some craft clay below
the flower to make it stable. You could also cover the stick with some
florist tape & stick a few paper leaves.
If lack of time bothers you pick up some market made candy
lollipops , dip in chocolate & put sprinkles or skip the dipping part ,
just cling wrap & proceed further .
For making a truffle card- Stick the flowers & leaves on a
thick sheet of paper . Put some double sided tape on the center
of the flower & stick the cling wraped truffle balls . ( Skip the sticks
for this version )
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Live Mint ( click to read the e- paper) Sep 1st , 2012 .