Ohhh, crap! Valentines day is coming up. You know… dooms-day for singles and cynics alike. I will be writing more on Hallmark’s holiday early next week (I know you can’t wait), but until then, here is a contest for you!
The winner will receive an awesome 6 month membership to Spork Online.
Sporkwhat? Spork Foods is an LA based gourmet vegan food company owned and operated by super sweet sisters Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg. They offer live cooking classes in LA at Spork Foods, online vegan cooking classes at www.sporkonline.com, one-on-one in-home healthy pantry makeovers, and recipe development/trainings for chefs, food companies and colleges. Their cookbook, Spork-Fed, is currently in stores, with a foreword by fellow fans and sisters, Emily and Zooey Deschanel—the latter of whom I have a ginormous girly crush on although I find the spelling of her name to be inferior. When she plays the ukulele, I get all swoony. And when she makes that joke in 500 Days of Summer about being called “anal girl” in high school, I forgive Joseph Gordon-Levitt for ruining my favorite Hall N Oates song with his upsetting musical number.
So, Spork Online is an awesome vegan culinary portal where you can view exclusive cooking demos, snag recipes, and ask the sisters themselves questions. The sister-pair teach a different themed cooking class each month, with archived classes for you to watch whenever you want. Win the contest and join for 6 months, free. I love free.
So how do you win?
Here are the steps, they are super easy, just like 10 of the 13 girls I lived with in college. Joking! (ish). You have until V-day to enter! Submit your responses by midnight, February 14 . The winner will be announced on the 15th.
1. First, subscribe to SexyTofu if you haven’t already
2. Like this post. I NEED positive affirmations on the reg, people.
3. Launch me your best pro or anti v-day rant in the comments section. I don’t care if you love it and want to roll around in mounds of cheap, synthetic stuffed animals all day, or if you hate it and plan on calling out sick to eat massive amounts of candy all alone and burn pictures of your ex. Think it’s great? Let me know. Think it’s as brilliant as spreading Sriracha on your genitals? Let me know. (But don’t do that, please.)
And, because the ladies at Spork Foods are so fantastic, they have provided SexyTofu with an exclusive vegan mint chocolate truffle recipe, just in time for V-day. And by exclusive I mean, everyone who bought their cookbook, Spork-Fed, can also see the recipe.
Jenny and Heather are huge V-day fans, not only because love is lovely but because it gives them an excuse to cook with aphrodisiacs. Dark, good quality chocolate is high in anti-oxidants and flavanoids, which amp up blood flow. And I know you know what I mean when I say “blood flow.”
Chocolate Mint Truffles (gf optional)
This is the best dessert to make in advance if you are in the mood for some serious chocolate! The cooling touch of mint balances out the richness of the dark chocolate, making these pretty darn delish. If you have any kids in the house, have them pitch in when rolling these precious treats, because your hands get chocolatey and it’s a good time for all. Instead of rolling these in cocoa powder, you can try using toasted finely shredded coconut, chopped almonds or organic powdered sugar! Advance preparation required. Yields 13-15 truffles
11⁄2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips
1⁄2 cup regular coconut milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 leaves fresh mint, finely chopped
Dash sea salt
2 tablespoons organic cocoa powder, plus 1⁄4 cup for rolling
Fill a small (2-quart) pot with about 2 inches of water, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place a glass or metal bowl on top of pot to create a double boiler.
Add chocolate chips and melt, about 3-4 minutes. Add coconut milk, peppermint extract, mint, sea salt and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and incorporate until uniform.
Transfer mixture to a bowl and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight. Remove from refrigerator and leave bowl on counter for 5-10 minutes to soften mixture before rolling truffles.
To roll truffles: Place remaining cocoa powder in a shallow bowl or plate. Use a melon baller or spoon to scoop a gumball-size dollop of the chocolate mixture. Roll into balls between palms and immediately coat in cocoa powder, or other toppings of choice.
Note 1: Try using mint varieties like chocolate mint, peppermint or spearmint for a different flavor in these truffles, and choose organic when possible, because conventionally grown mint is sprayed with a bunch of pesticides!
Note 2: Double check your chocolate chip ingredients if you are gluten-free, to be sure barley is not in the list.
The Sporkie Scoop
FOR YOUR SMARTS: With these truffles, you are getting a double dose of antioxidants. We’re using cocoa powder inside and outside the truffles. Cocoa powder is about 8% antioxidants by weight — so that’s more than a glass of wine or cup of tea!
FOR YOUR PARTS Mint doesn’t just taste refreshing, it’s actually working to soothe your stomach and digestion. It’s considered a powerful digestive aid and anti-spasmotic because of its antioxidant-rich oils.