Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Tough Love and Rum Truffles

I have been really busy at home and work lately, and of course living in the UK I have tried to catch some of the good weather we have been having, as you never know how long it will last.

Teenagers are funny creatures, they want so much to be grown up and have their "freedom", but they are not ready for the responsibility that comes with adulthood.

My eldest has left school and I am actively encouraging her to seek some employment, or go to college. To my horror she is showing no interest. I know how hard it is for her and I think she feels that she will wait till after her holiday with her Grandparents, but try telling a moody 16 yr old that all the jobs will have gone to uni students by the time she gets back!
I have now had to resort to tough love - something I used to find hard to understand, but now as a parent I know it is sometimes essential.

Mum, have you got 50p for the shop.....NO
Can you get me this at the shop.....NO

We are trying so hard to help her understand that everything we have has cost money, the time she spends on the computer = electricity and internet subscription.
watching the TV = electricity, TV License and Sky subscription.

I know that one day the penny will drop, but until then I will keep chipping away with my fingers crossed. Hoping that she will do something worthwhile with her time.

I made these truffles last week and they were delicious, next time I make them I will coat them with white or milk chocolate for an extra treat.

Rum Truffles

4 egg yolks
8 oz cooking chocolate
4 oz unsalted butter
6 oz icing sugar
2 dessertspoonfuls rum

Cream butter and sugar

Beat in egg yolks

Melt Chocolate

Mix all ingredients together (chocolate last as it sets quickly)

Cool in fridge then roll into balls, coat with cocoa or vermicelli if desired.


Marie said...

Sometimes I think a good dose of reality is the best gift you can give your child. I think, too, once they become parents themselves (and I understand you are in no rush here for THAT to happen) they understand even more all the sacrifices and work that we put in as parents. We want the very best for our kids, but at the end of the day, our wanting it for them is not enough...they also need to want the best for themselves and be willing to put in whatever work it takes to get that. Saying a prayer for your daughter. Those truffles look delicious Angela!! I think I gained a tenner just looking at them!

Raquel said...


I totally know how you are feeling right now. My son is home from Uni and doesn't want to do anything except eat, sleep and play on the internet. Frustrating. I sent you something today, hope it will brighten your day a bit! Those truffles look so good! Hang in there girlfriend.

Jan said...

I hope you don't mind me commenting, I came across your blog through Raquel's site.

I recently had an e-mail from a friend in England who hates her job. And I got the distinct impression she was doing said job just to keep her teens in the manner to which they had become accustomed.

I'm afraid I gave her a bit of a lecture on how kids today seem to expect everything handing to them on a plate. I haven't heard from her since.

But believe me, you are doing the right thing. It's a tough world out there, and I do think that the sooner kids realise this the better.

Anyway, enough of that. I love rum truffles, and these look devine. They really don't need anything else.