Bon Appetit magazine publishes a column called RSVP, where readers write in to rave about some fabulous dish they ordered at a restaurant and to ask the magazine to procure the recipe. I actually sent a request once, for the white bean soup with arugula and pumpkin oil from MOMA's Terrace 5, but as far as I know, it was never pursued or printed. I have a feeling that my next must-have recipe would go unnoticed as well.
The Apparently family has been to Woodstock, New York three times. First we spent a lovely babymoon in a charming house with an enormous bathtub. (Yes, that's the primary thing I remember. I was eight months pregnant, and it was February. I spent the long weekend in front of the fireplace and in the tub.) Last fall we enjoyed a delightful week at a house up on a hill, and it was on that trip that we discovered Sunfrost Farms, a local, independent market with excellent produce, a juice bar, a quirky selection of groceries, every spice you could require on a weeklong vacation, and most importantly, a little house-made treat called "Organic Chocolate and Raw Fruit Paradise." A package contains about 16 one-inch squares of chocolatey, nutty goodness, and I can't get enough of them.
Wait. Stop. Now I have to go eat one. Look at this picture while I go to the kitchen.
When we returned from our trip, I scoured the web trying to find a recipe that approximates this deliciousness, but I came up empty-handed.
Last week we had the good fortune to visit with friends in upstate New York. We followed a roundabout and exploratory route back to the city, both for pure exploration and in an attempt to keep Apparently Jr asleep in the back seat for as long as possible. I drove, and Mr Apparently navigated. He may have had a plan, and I suspect it had to do with coffee and baked goods rather than vegan date bars. But when I realized we were driving down Tinker Street in Bearsville, I couldn't contain my excitement:
We have to stop at Sunfrost and buy the chocolate sunflower bars!
I sent Mr Apparently inside without clear directions, because although I secretly wanted him to purchase every package of organic fruit and nut paradise in the store, I didn't want to be responsible for the actual eating of that much chocolate. I mean, of course I did, but...you know exactly what I mean. So he returned to the car with two packages (one marked carob, if I recall correctly - that one is gone) and a week later, after much self-control on all of our parts, we are down to the last two squares.
I need to find a recipe.
These may be close:
1. Raw Vegan Mango, Date, and Sunflower Tropical Energy Balls
No chocolate, but the base of fruits sounds right
2. Chocolate Date Balls (no cook!)
3. Sunflower Coconut Balls
Perhaps if I swapped out chocolate for the peanut butter? But the peanut binder may be the binder in this recipe.
Is this ringing any sort of bell? I am so serious when I say that if you send me a recipe that makes these little bites of yumminess, I will send you the nicest thank-you present. Perhaps even a batch of your very own.