Troufes are a Greek version of frozen chocolate truffles. They are a simple, sweet treat that can easily be made ahead and stored in the freezer to have on hand for any unexpected guests dropping by for an afternoon coffee/tea. I remember devouring these little chocolate confections as a kid when a friend of the family would make them for every birthday or holiday gathering she hosted. So, I recently decided to try my hand at Troufes and came up with this quick recipe, a tad different from those I ate as a child, but no less scrumptious. Want this recipe? You'll have to wait as I am quickly sending these over to Ivy of Kopiaste, Val of More than Burnt Toast and Giz of Equal Opportunity Kitchen who, with the help of a number of dedicated bloggers, are so valiantly working on publishing a cookbook for BloggerAid, a forum created to shed light on the issue of hunger around the world. All proceeds from the cookbook will be donated to specific programs of The World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations frontline agency devoted to alleviating world hunger.
The cookbook is expected to begin selling on Amazon by November/December 2009. There is a great deal of work involved in delivering this project and the troops over at BloggerAid are relying on all of us to help in any way we can. The deadline to submit a recipe is tomorrow Feb. 12th!! If you haven't already, please send an original dish you'd like to contribute over to Ivy, Val and Giz who are anxiously awaiting to include these yummy contributions in the BloggerAid cookbook.
Food is more than a physical necessity; how we acquire it, how we prepare it, how we consume it and who we consume it with is so rich with meaning.
As in so many countries around the world, food and cooking play an enormous role in Greek culture. Growing up as a first generation Greek American has afforded me the opportunity to experience firsthand the importance of food in not only Greek holidays and traditions, but in daily life. I keep the recipes of my mother, grandmothers and aunts close at hand and although I've embraced a multitude of foreign cuisines over the years, the traditional Greek dishes I’ve grown to cherish remain dearest to my heart.
Kali Orexi (literally translated to Good Appetite) is the term echoed on the tables of families sitting down to a meal all across Greece, or in any corner of the world where Greeks can be found. I believe the dishes made by one who is passionate about cooking offer a glimpse into the soul. I'm happy to share this glimpse into mine ... Kali Orexi!