2 March 2011

{A drink to keep me warm}

You remember when I wrote that there was no snow left in my town?

Well, there is now. 

It's not that I have anything in particular against snow. In fact, I rather like it. For starters, it's incredibly pretty. All fluffy and sparkly. It makes funny noises - crunchy almost - when I walk on it. Snow is at its best when you're skiing on it, enjoying the slippery feeling of sliding down a hill.

I don't even mind the ice much, although I have to walk carefully and slowly down hills to avoid slipping and falling. Ice crystals have formed beautiful patterns by a nearby lake. Almost right out of a Narnia epic. No, ice, I don't mind it much.

It's the ice-cold, -10° wind that keeps pounding on me from all visible directions that bothers me. It sweeps me from behind, thrashes at me upfront, screams at me from one side, and sneaks its way up my jacket from the other. In short, making any usually pleasant walk to the train station, youth group, supermarket or library unbearable. Even with me three-metre thick, wollen scarf.

I can hear the wind at this very instant, pounding at my windows, begging them to let it thrash me once again. But the windows have remained loyal. Inside, I'm safe.
But, alas, I'm not entirely warm. In fact, I tend to freeze every once in a while. Sometimes when I'm covered by three blankets and a pillow. Other times when I forgot to put on a pair of socks. It's as these moments the positives of cold winds really hits you. They hit me with bits of nostalgia, a variety of flavors and scents and a need... 

A need to make hot chocolate.

Cinnamon hot chocolate, to be precise.

{Cinnamon Hot Chocolate}
Recipe by Hershey's Chocolate
113 g sugar
28 g cocoa, or more for a tastier cocoa (I usually use 66 g)
83 ml hot water
1 litre milk
¾ tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash salt

1.Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.

2.Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. 

[If you're not a fan of cinnamon, simply omit it from the recipe and the cocoa will still be good.

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