They are now twenty-one and nineteen, but still my children remember their days in primary school fondly. For some reason the conversation turned to their school days recently and they both rhapsodised about the once a month occasion when I would work in the school canteen.
I’m not sure if it was simply that their mum was there, or that she was a shoe-in to splurge a little more and buy them treats they normally wouldn’t have, but they loved seeing me there.
And for my part, I have fond memories of it as well, the straggly queues, helping the Kindy kids work out correct change, and my personal favourite, listening to a child say, “Can I have a Blith Ball please Mrs Reynoldth?” “Hello darling, did you lose your front tooth this weekend? You must be in Year 1.”
Ten years ago, we used to sell these for ten cents each. Walked. Out. The. Door.
- 500g (2 cups) dried apricots
- 150g (1 cup) flaked or desiccated coconut
- 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
- 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest
- ½ tsp ground ginger (optional)
- 1 tsp orange juice
- ½ cup desiccated coconut, extra
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the apricots, coconut, zest and ginger if you are using it and process for about 1-2 minutes until the apricots are finely chopped.
Squeeze some of the mixture into a small ball – if it doesn’t hold its shape, add the orange juice and process briefly to combine.
Roll a teaspoon of the mixture between clean wet hands into a ball and then roll them in the extra coconut. Place on a small lined tray and refrigerate for at least an hour until they firm up, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge. A couple in each lunchbox will survive school buses, rough handling and warm weather. Promise.
$3.95 for up to 30 balls.