Attention! Hot Chocolate on the way.

Nostalgia all around. I remembered the time working as a barista in Canada. It seems so many years have past since that time. I was working in a small cafe, really, a four by four square, but with a family-like atmosphere. Somehow, this place, even though it was small, was popular among Canadians. Too bad I cannot seem to recall the name of the cafe.

But, I will always remember the taste of a cup of hot chocolate. The manager even argued that this recipe came from Mexico, and the old Maya traditions. A part of me always wanted to believe him, especially when I drank it with such pleasure.  Unfortunatelly, my memory seems to be too short to remember the recipe itself, but one ingredient stands out for sure: Chili pepper. And one more thing, he insisted that all the ingredients for this chocolaty hot chocolate have to be of highest quality possible. * Not that it does not have to be the same for all other meals.

So I believe the recipe itself would look like this (or at least I would like it to look similar) This one has its zest, I can assure you.

Try me!

Try me!

Ingredients:

Bitter chocolate (the one with high cacao percentage) – 100 g, 1 chili pepper. milk – 400 ml, vanilla sticks – 1, cinnamon sticks – 1,  brown sugar – 15 gr. *  add a little bit of cognac if you like – 20 ml.

The Works:

Break down the chocolate into small pieces.  Next, cut your vanillas sticks in half. Afterwards prepare yourself to battle with chili pepper. clean it out and slice also in half. Get all those guys together in a pot, poir in milk. Heat the party up, but don’t boil. Throw in sliced chocolate, decrease the heat on the stove and let the cookie crumble for about 10 minutes. Do not forget to stir!

The end result: Melted chocolate with even mixture in a pot. Get the spices out, if you don’t mind your chocolate’s level of spiciness to expand your sences, you can leave the chili till the end. However, if its something you stand against – get it out earlier than any other spice. Final step, add brown sugar (maybe even cognac, everything in accordance with your own taste), and serve.

Share this beauty with others or simply dive in yourself!

Enjoy with every sip!

Something of relevance:

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Gluhwein

Gluhwein

Imagine this…An evening, cold wind blowing outside. You can feel winter coming…Thunderstorm begins, it is about to rain. But all of this does not matter because you feel incredible warmth inside. Your whole family is sitting around the table, laughing. Everyone feels good. Suddenly you smell a perfect mix of spices…nutmeg, cloves, orange….You forget about the cold, it simply does not matter.

This is how I felt a couple of nights ago, when I had this bright idea to prepare a Gluhwein drink. Do you want to feel the same way? If so, there is nothing complex about the following recipe. I encourage you to try it. You simply won’t regret it, and your family as well.

Ingredients:

Tasty red wine (best when semi-sweet) – 1 liter, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a little bit of nutmeg, peel from one orange, an apple, a little bit of cloves, 1 table spoon (only if the wine is semi-sweet, but of course, its only me talking) of honey, 1 cup of water.

The Works:

Pour the water into a pot, put it on the smallest gas ring on the stove. Add all the spices to the water – honey, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel. Give the mixture a little time to heat up and fill the water with delicious taste. * By the way the smell in the kitchen will be so nice, it will actually calm you down. Pour in the wine, add sliced apple (small pieces) Heat it up again, using the smallest fire possible, DO NOT LET IT BOIL! * If you are using dry wine, just like I did, it would be nice to add some sugar and mix gradually. (add as much sugar as you like, just taste before you add another spoon of it) Then, pour it into a pitcher (not heat sensitive) and give it a little bit more time. (2-3 minutes)

Actually, it looks even nicer if, when you pour it into a glass, you decorate the glass with a slice of an orange…But of course, it may be just me=)

Enjoy a warm and relaxing evening!