January 12, 2013

Chocolate Orange Truffles. And—Two Wondrous Years!

Astonishingly lovely weather and a brand new year. Suddenly the future seems to be filled with a million new possibilities and wildly beautiful things. And—it’s only just begun.

Happy, Happy New Year!

Hope you had a dazzling time ringing in the New Year, and more, a dazzling start to twenty thirteen surrounded by love and laughter and loved ones.

I had a luxuriously quiet year-end with cozy blankets and page-turners—and tea—many, many cups of tea. And an even more low-key beginning lost in whims and fancies and the beauty of daydreams. Sometimes quiet is as beautiful as fun, and perhaps a wee more comfortable. This was definitely one of those times.

With the end of 2012, I’ve reached a momentous two year blog anniversary. Plateful is two. Oh baby.

It all began just over two years ago.

Two wondrous years of fabulous food. Cutting, squeezing, drizzling, sautéing. Followed by the thrills of recipe developing, food styling, food portraiture, prop lusting, story weaving and ha, connecting beyond boundaries. 

Food, photographs and stories, packaged and delivered beautifully and most romantically. To create passion. To evoke. To inspire.

With every ending, there is a new beginning. As I begin anew, I’m positively brimming with happiness. Why? My fb page hit 4k+ likes in the new year—an amazingly spectacular leap from the paltry 700+ on new years eve. This third year sure did begin on a positive note.

A walk down the memory lane makes me smile in reminiscence. Frankly, my labor of love has blossomed into something I can be proud of. Something I can solely take credit for. It’s written with a language I love—beauty. You see, at heart I’m an artist and true romantic. I heart beautiful things. Even more, I love to bring a little more beauty and loveliness into this world.

So it’s a new week, new month and a brand new year. Time for a recap, ha. Short, sweet, simple recap. Not the same as my first anniversary post.

My stats are not too impressive, I admit. With a mere 115 recipes, way too many photographs, wildly sporadic posting, and a plain point and shoot camera, 24 months fluttered by beautifully, and somehow I arrived at my 25th.

But, despite my shortcomings, or especially because of it, I’m ever so grateful and much delighted to experience the love and support of each and every one of you, my most wonderful audience. Plateful has 8000+ followers on pinterest, 4000+ followers on facebook, 700+ followers on instagram.

My nutella lava mug cake, published on the eve of valentines 2012, quickly topped the most popular recipes with 35k+ hits to date. I get a good number of daily visitors for this recipe alone, mostly sourced from Huffington Post.

This year Plateful has been featured on few websites including The Huffington Post, justb., BuzzFeed, Yummly, theKitchn, babble.

I have to say, there’s plenty of beauty and inspiration on the web—perhaps much more than your eyes and heart could hold. I’m positively inspired by beautiful talents, especially when they come with an even more impressive personality. One such person I want to highlight here is Sneh of the inspiring space, Cook Republic. I truly admire her work. Her creativity. Her dedication. I’m totally in awe of how much a mother of two (handsome boys) with a day job, can achieve. And so beautifully. There’s Kankana of Sunshine and Smile—I love, love her stunning photography. And effortlessly striking styling. Not to mention, Chinmaye of Love Food Eat, Tanvi of Sinfully Spicy and Lakshmi of Pure Vegetarian—my favorite blogger friends whose blogs are on my radar list. Of course, these are but just a few names. Truly, there are so many more who inspire and touch my world and make it more beautiful.

I promised I’ll keep this short and simple. So let me stop by extending a huge, huge thank you. For all the helloes and notes and love and affection. Thank you for the wonderful moments you spent here, reaching out to spread a bit more warmth and happiness into my world. Thank you for making all the challenges and difficult times fade away. Means a ton.

And as the journey continues, there’s much to look forward to, and many beautiful things to get lost in. But I have to say, my life is better because you are in it. Thank you.

Today, let’s trifle with truffles. Orange truffles. The fun and flirty kind. For that’s the mood I am in currently.

Never made truffles before? Then you’ll be surprised at how quick and easy they are. Sure a bit messy—but the good fun kind of messy.

Simple but elegant, I made these bite sized chocolaty confections with a combination of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, orange and cinnamon giving it a fantastic flavor. Coated half of them in a simple dusting of healthy cocoa powder, and rolled the rest in colorful nuts for a bit of bite and texture.

I used a vegetable peeler for larger strips of orange zest and diced it into smaller pieces before adding to the hot cream. You may substitute mandarin or tangerine for orange in this recipe. Similarly, use chocolate of your preference. I hit the right balance with a combination of dark and milk. You may want to play around with the flavors, as the taste is hugely determined by the type of chocolate you use. Don't skimp on the quality either. Go for the best you can afford.

Truffles are slightly messy to roll. The trick is to make sure your hands are not warm—wash in cold water and wipe dry with a towel. Then dust hands liberally with cocoa to control the goo while rolling. 

Now, when I’m in a creative mood, I never tire of styling and shooting. And that’s exactly what happened here. Enjoy!

Chocolate Orange Truffles

Makes about 26
Prep+cooking: 10 mins, plus chilling

¼ cup double cream
100gm dark chocolate (I used Lindt extra dark, 60% cocoa)
100g milk chocolate (I used 100g Lindt extra creamy milk chocolate)
1 tablespoon +1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
pinch cinnamon powder
unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted, for rolling
shelled pistachio nuts, finely chopped, for rolling


Melt chocolate in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl on high for about 90 seconds until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds with a metal fork.  Mix in cinnamon powder. Set aside.

Microwave cream for about 50 seconds, or until cream is just heated through and starts to bubble. Add orange rind to the hot cream and allow to steep for 10 min. Strain out the zest and pour the cream into the melted chocolate. Mix in orange juice and stir with a spatula until smooth and combined. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or until firm.

Use a (teaspoon size) mellon baller to scoop out chocolate mixture, and quickly roll between the palm of your hands into rough balls. The key is to wash hands with cold water, wipe dry with a towel, and dust liberally with cocoa powder before rolling. This will help the truffles from sticking to the hands as they start to warm up while rolling. Immediately after shaping, roll each truffle in cocoa powder, or chopped nuts—or do half the truffles in cocoa, and half in chopped pistachios—and transfer to a plate as you work.  Serve with wooden forks.

If not using immediately, store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve—will stay fresh up to 2 weeks.

Truffles make fantastic homemade gifts. Place each truffle in individual mini foil or paper candy cups and wrap them in pretty boxes tied with satin ribbons. Leave them in the fridge until you are ready to give them.

So yes, to two years and many more. 

Happily looking forward to the third and hoping it's every bit as beautiful as the first two  Nashi signing off with love xx


  1. Happy bloggy birthday Nash. I was planning to make this for valentines day... Looks so yumm and love the flavor anytime... As usual amazing clicks

  2. Happy blog anniversary, Nash.. Also new year wishes.. Congrats on all your achievements.. Hope the new year brings in more..
    These truffles look so divine.. Wish I could taste them.. :)

  3. Congrats on your blog anniversary and what a yummy way to celebrate it!!!

  4. I love it how detailed all your posts are. The photos are a sight and they all look ravishing !! :)

  5. Congrats...Looks gorgeous and delectable clicks :)

  6. Congrats. love such coco rolled truffles. looks real delish.

  7. wow love the truffles congrats on the milestone

  8. mindblowing pictures. Wish you many many more milestones.

  9. Happy Birthday Plateful!!! :-) Amazing truffles to celebrate it with.

  10. Congrats... They looks so perfect...

  11. happy Blog Anniversary! May you celebrate many more!

  12. Happy Blog Anniversary and congratulation on your great blog!

  13. Happy Blog Birthday dear and thanks a lot for the mention :) You are so kind! Wish you many many years of successful cooking, writing, photographing, blogging and continue inspiring us with your talent :)

  14. happy anniversary.. and many more to come.. Perfect way to celebrate

  15. Happy Blog Anniversary Nash! You have a wonderful blog and I am inspired every time I come here. I still can't believe that you take such gorgeous photos with a simple camera. Your patience with styling,composition and of course the sheer number of photos in each post still amazes me!

    Thank you so much for the mention, it truly makes me flattered. So happy to know that you enjoy my blog :)

    Wishing you many many more years of great blogging and photography.

  16. Happy blog anniversary and wishing you more n more beautiful years in blogsphere.. Chocolate and orange,who can resist to this combo.

  17. Stunning photos and delicious looking truffles. They look so wonderful!

  18. nashi..happy birthday to ur blog..and to be honest..only you can click snaps like this...you have got such a talent...keep it up...keep clicking..keep cooking and keep blogging..

  19. Congrats! All see the beginning but not the end. Happy journeying through till here!!

    Your efforts are splendid...and the results you fetch justify it!

    I came in for the melting moments again.

    Pass some likes to my page too babe...it's starved! ;)

  20. Chocolate Orange Truffles looks decadent. Happy Blog Anniversary Nash! Hope we get to see loads more of your recipes, tempting clicks, writeups and loads of wishes for many more years of blogging and photography.

  21. A BIG congratulations on two beautiful years! I adore your blog and always come here for photography inspiration. Your features have all been very well deserved :)

  22. Congrats on two beautiful years, chocolate is the best way to celebrate!

  23. Great Great Great Two awesome years..dear Nashi you are doing Great job :) Love your blog & Love you too..
    Keep sharing my dear friend .. Congrats

  24. Chocolate & Orange rolled in Pistachios?


  25. Happy blog birthday. Wishing many more years of successful cooking, writing, photographing, band logging. So glad to have found your blog.

  26. Happy blog anniversary Nashira. Two years is a big deal!!! the truffles look yummy.... and orange -chocolate is a great flavour combination

  27. New here to your space, but glad I found you. Happy blog anniversary for 2 successful years of blogging!!! The truffles look decadent. Love that combination of orange and chocolate! Will love to back here for more.

  28. Hi dear, first time here and happy to enter here on good time... Happy Blog Anniversary.... glad to follow u... so wonderful post and truffles looks so attractive and love the combos... When u get time visit mine too...

  29. Happy Blogoversary Nash! Its a joy to visit your blog each time...a sight for sore eyes! And trust me, we your readers are the lucky ones to have someone as talented as you on our reading list. The pictures, the recipes, the effort and love you put into every dish - you deserve all the followers you have and more. If only more of us did what we love with this amount of passion and dedication, we all would live fuller lives :)
    All the very best and keep wooing us with your writing, your pictures and your food. Love and hugs!


A million thank you's for stopping by, taking the time to connect, and coming back to visit again. I genuinely appreciate each of your kind thoughts, lovely words, love and support. Happy, happy to hear from you, and hope to see you again!

♥ Nashi