Overdue recipe- Christmas Dark Chocolate Panforte Slice + Dads’ struggles

IMG_2860 (640x427)hello MARCH! Are you sure we are fast approaching and finishing quarter of the year? I absolutely cannot wait to just have a few weeks off. 

I’m not sure what’s going on but January and February seems full on. Clearly our bodies are exhausted. We are starting to have minor colds- which we don’t usually have. We get cranky at each other and we forget things. 

I read somewhere that mums have to learn how to look after themselves- because at the end of the year, if we fall into a heap, EVERYTHING falls into a heap. IMG_2855 (640x427)

So true.

As I read that article though, I feel a tinge of unfairness for dads. Yes, we mums have to look out for each other and for ourselves. We also have it harder on many different levels. Sacrificing income, career advancement, adult conversation, sleep, hobbies, fitness, our bodies,… I remember someone asked me before “so what do you do at mothers group? drink tea?”. I nearly fell off my chair with the audacity of that statement. I thought and still tell my friends that even if we do that, we have earned it. IMG_2862 (640x427)

It is however unfair for dads too. I reflected on some things that fathers may struggle with

  • For some jobs, being a male means it is harder to ask for part time hours (despite policies). Kinda like a bro code where it is unspoken but cannot be broken
  • Awkwardness in parents room sometimes when there are just chairs for breastfeeding mums., and they walk straight in. Almost like they have to learn how to just look straight ahead and see that as no difference to a mum breastfeeding in public/ restaurants.
  • Public restrooms when they are by themselves, and no parents room in sight with a child the opposite sex. 
  • Taking time off to care for children. Hubby’s work place is great but he said there are some work places where it is still expected for mums to take time off when child is sick and less so for dad
  • Dads needing to look after their own mental health or health too. There are dads who golf and go out for drinks, but there are also dads who are exhausted from working and helping out at home. 
  • Bringing out memories of how they were parented and how different they are trying to be. 

The list might be short but I think at times I fall into the trap of forgetting it is tough being a dad too. Panforte

Today’s recipe is quite late but I thought I might document this anyway. I call it a Christmas Panforte slice. I wasn’t planning on writing it up as I did it on a whim last Christmas. It was such a hit and I received lovely comments that I thought I should write it down here for anyone who wants the recipe. We do not often have dried fruits in the house but it was Christmas afteralll. I love the combination of fruits, nuts and spices.It does not require baking- and come to think of it, makes a nice gift any time of the year! And no, it has absolute no relevance to the above post except that when I’m a little tired, it shows how all over the place my thoughts are!IMG_2852 (640x427)

Christmas Gluten Free Chocolate Panforte
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 cups of mixed fruit (figs, dates, sultanas, currents and glace cherries)
  2. 1 cup hazelnut meal
  3. 1/4 cup pecans
  4. 1/4 cup silvered almonds
  5. 1/4 cup pistachios
  6. 1/4 cup pecans
  7. 2 tbsp honey
  8. 100 grams melted dark chocolate
  9. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  10. 2 tbsp cinnamon
  11. 3 tbsp cacao powder
  12. 2 tsp nut meg
  13. 2 tsp vanilla paste
  14. salt
  15. splash of water
Instructions
  1. Line a 12 inch baking tin with baking paper and oiled it.
  2. Everything in the food processor till it comes together. Press it on to tin. Fridge for 30mins to 1 hr and cut into wedges.
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One comment

  1. Yvonne says:

    Great post as usual Daph. Adding to the struggles by dads, I think society at times undervalue the role of fathers, as if dads are bumbling idiots that somehow manage to get it right some of the times. Certainly if the same attitude was given to mothers there would be an uproar but dads being men, just take it on the chin and get on with things.
    At the end of the day, we all have a valuable role to fulfill in raising our child and encouraging each other would be much more helpful than making judgement calls.

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