Today was my first day back on the ward after compassionate leave and I was greeted at 7:10am with the news that our ward was closed due to a norovirus outbreak. Great. I’m crossing everything I can in the hope that I won’t get it (good for practice for some yoga poses). All you need to know is that it’s a highly contagious, nasty one. The only perk to the ward being is closed is that we get free bottled water, sandwiches (which I obviously can’t eat), and fruit. And who said that the NHS don’t give their staff anything (apart from the odd hospital-acquired infections)…
Onto happier things. Last night, I did as planned and made food supplies for the week including Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (pictured below); a slightly adapted version of this recipe invented by Tasha of The Voracious Vegan fame. To make it gluten-free I omitted the oats and used a mix of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, and I also used flaked almonds as I had run out of walnuts. Oh, and I omitted the ginger and nutmeg, also because I didn’t have any. However, despite all of these changes they still taste SERIOUSLY good.
I’m addicted to them, and I’m also addicted to Averie’s (from Love Veggies and Yoga) Raw Chocolate Coconut Snowballs. See evidence:
They’re just SO good. Tom enjoyed the chocolate coconut balls/mix/dessert, and I am devouring the chocolate peanut butter balls all by myself; Tom’s not a fan of peanut butter in a sweet context (i.e. peanut butter should only ever be used on toast or in sauces such as a satay sauce). Thus, despite a bumpy start to the week I have plenty of treats to keep me going.