I think that I am repeating myself when I tell you that winter is coming, and it’s coming quickly. What better to do than hide under a blanket and drink a cup of hot chocolate? Since you commonly know November as the grey month (looking out the window can confirm that it’s true), we simply have no choice than help our mood by doing something nice for ourselves. Spend an evening relaxing in your tub with a good book and a glass of wine. Or maybe throw a movie marathon (Harry Potter!), light some scented candles and get out your knit socks! Of course there are so many possibilities to get comfortable on a cold afternoon/evening, and for me a cup of cocoa is an essential part of getting comfortable.
Xocolātl – Hot chocolate
In the early days, the majority of Mesoamerican people prepared chocolate beverages, including the Maya and Aztecs. In fact, the word ‘chocolate’ derives from the word ‘xocolātl’. It’s actually a Nahuatl word meaning ‘bitter water’ and referring to the bitter taste of the cocoa tree’s seeds. Of course they have to ferment them first to get the flavor you know and love. And here we are again in the magic world of fermenting, as described in Michael Pollan’s book ‘Cooked’. Read it if you want to learn more!
I think it’s a kind of magic that you can transform a once bitter seed into something as delicious as chocolate. Just by applying yeast and heat and time! And a very special form of this heavenly stuff is hot chocolate. However today I don’t want to cover the basics (everyone knows how to do it), I want to show you some special recipes to take your magic beverage to the next level:
Are you in chocolate heaven yet? I find the spiced hot chocolate especially interesting, or what do you think about the Nutella version? I will definitely be trying one of these recipes or even a more exotic one, stay tuned for a recipe coming in the next two weeks!