And all because.

TTR Challenge drabble: "Food"

By Helen Fayle
(A bit obvious this one, but I did also make an effort and get the recipe
into 200 words!)


Crossbow bolt away across the chasm.

Slide down to the turret, landing cat-like. Unwrap the rope around his
waist, letting it snake down the side of the tower.

His prey slept, unaware.

The Master grinned behind his balaclava, and began to abseil down.

Diamond cutter.

Into the corridor, guard dealt with.

Pick the lock.

Tiptoe to the bed, and lay his volatile gift down. This time, no escape.

(Resist the temptation to stroke the expanse of creamy bosom on show. He
still has the scars.)

The Doctor awoke, looked over to the box of chocolates at her side and


Archive data: Harking back to the days in TTR when the 13th Doctor and the
Master were dating.


Rum Truffles (Makes about 30)

12oz plain chocolate
2tbsp strong black coffee
4oz unsalted butter (softened)
2tbsp dark rum
A little sifted icing sugar
Chocolate vermicelli to finish

1.Break 8oz of the chocolate in small pieces. Place in a heat-proof bowl
with the coffee. Melt over a pan of hot water, not allowing the bottom of
the bowl to touch the water. Stir gently until melted.

2.Remove bowl from pan, continue to stir until chocolate begins to cool and
thicken slightly.

3.Add softened butter, and the rum, a little at a time, mixing well after
each addition. Once mixed, cover and leave to chill until firm enough to
handle (about an hour).

4.Dust hands lightly with icing sugar. Form mixture into walnut sized balls.
Chill again.

5.Melt the remaining chocolate. Remove bowl from pan while chocolate is
fluid, but cool.

6.Dip each truffle quickly and roll in vermicelli before outer coating

7. Serve in paper sweet cases.

Variations: Omit rum and coffee, substitute cognac, apricot brandy,
Benedictine, Cointreau, Drambuie, Tia Maria or port. 2-3 tbsp should be
enough, but up to 4tbsp can be added.

For non-alcoholic truffles, try a few drops of peppermint or orange oil or

"I write little now. It is impossible to compose except under the strong
excitement of finding sympathy in what you write. Imagine Demosthenes
reciting a Phillipic to the waves of the Atlantic!"
Shelley, Letter to John Gisbourne, 18 June 1822
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