My mum’s side of the family get together every second year for a Christmas fiesta that we all look forward to, till the minute we are all driving away in tears as we part company until the next reunion! Rob calls it “Animal House For Adults”. It is just a huge party with incredible home cooked food; way too much alcohol; hilarious games and memories; and most importantly, a whole ton of love! As we all like to say, “There's nothing like a Fisher family Christmas”.
I yearn for those four days for two whole years! And so does everyone else. Last year we made a culinary family tree cookbook, complete with all of our favourite family recipes, photos and stories from the last 40 years. I had so much fun making it, and it is such a treasure to have. I was reminded of how much I love our family Christmas as we prepared for a smaller, more low-key Christmas this year. This year is the off year, where we all head off to our in-laws. Without seeming disrespectful to our other families (who are all wonderful by the way) we were all phoning each other mournfully today longing for the New Year to tick over so that we can start planning another Fisher Family Feast!
As mum and I were baking Christmas food last night, we were fondly reminiscing on all of our special memories and bemoaning the loss of Kimmy’s rum balls! Everyone is responsible for bringing their signature treats to share every year. My mum makes her shortbread, apricot rolls and brandy sauce. My aunt makes her famous fruit cake; and my other aunt makes her cookies and chocolates. But it is my cousin Kim’s rum balls that seduces many a family member into a condensed milk induced coma! We have had many midnight meetings at the fridge door scoffing them!
Now Kim, I love you, and I love your rum balls. They can never be replaced. But I must post these raw chocolate balls as a sad alternative to your glowing efforts. My mum has been making these chocolate balls for years. We made some of them today to put in our “Whole Food Christmas Hampers”, and they are every bit as impressive as the first time I tasted them. They're a good match for the traditional rum balls, minus the wheat cookies, alcohol, sugar and condensed milk. Sorry Kimmy, I say that with love!
You can use any combination of raw nuts that tickles your fancy. Each combination will yield treats with a slightly different personality. But I have yet to find a combination that isn't delicious.
These raw chocolate balls make great snacks in school or work lunch boxes; great power snacks for a long work out; or a great little bite to put beside a cup of herbal tea. These will last in a sealed glass container in the fridge for weeks. But they never last that long!