I felt in in my fingers…as well as my toes!

It was cold today, no…I mean – COLD!!! Even with the heating on, I was chilly! And missing my morning cup of coffee definitely did not make things any better!

By the time it was late afternoon, I was craving for warmth, and caffeine. But coffee was not on my mind. I wanted something much more richer. Something that would defrost my almost numb toes. Something, that tasted and gave me the comforting feel of chocolate. So what gives you the rich chocolatey warmth as well as a much needed caffeine kick? – Mochalate!

I just love the taste of Mocha. And why wouldn’t I! It combines my two all-time favourite flavours – Chocolate AND Coffee!! So I dragged my frozen feet, wrapped in thick socks and my cute pair of fuzzy slippers, into the kitchen and turned on the stove. I worked on intuition and poured the simmering beauty into a huge cup. One sip and I just knew I had done it again. This was going to be another regular winter drink for me, after my wonderful Peppermint Hot Chocolate!

Hot Mochalate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp bitter-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee

Method:

  • Heat everything in a small pan, stirring constantly till chocolate melts and milk is warmed through.
  • Pour in a large cup and enjoy it warm.

Aaahh! The pleasure of feeling my toes again!

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A cup of Chai…

I’m a coffee person, and if I can say so myself, kind of a coffee addict. I’ve never like tea and that has always shocked people around me. You see, tea is sort of the national drink in India. A hot cup of tea is always served to guest right as they enter the door. I’ve got many a wierd look when I kindly refuse to take the steaming cup and ask for coffee instead.

But that’s just the way it is. I don’t know how or why, but I became a coffee lover – much to the amazement of my parents! Hubby dear on the other hand, is a true blue Indian tea lover. Nothing can soothe and calm his senses any more than my special cup of masala chai, that I must honestly confess, he taught me how to make! But after all this time of brewing the perfect cuppa for him, he admits that I make it much better than he ever did.

Masala Chai (Indian Spiced Tea)

Masala Chai enjoyed with Onion & Egg Patties

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp tea powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 5-6 green cardamom pods
  • a pinch of crushed black pepper
  • sugar, to taste

Method:

  • Boil water in a small pan and add tea and spices.
  • Add in milk, lower the heat and allow it to come to a boil.
  • Pour into cups through a strainer and add sugar according to taste.
  • Serve hot and feel your nerves begin to relax.

Tastes great with any sort for fried Indian snacks – like the Onion and Egg Patties seen in the pic!



Over a Hot Cuppa…

I always dreamt of spending my winters sitting infront of a burning fireplace with my sweetie, enjoying a cup of steamy rich hot chocolate, while it snows cats and dogs outside. When Starbucks introduced their Mint Hot Chocolate last winter, and I had my first tasting, that was it! I thought I had found my winter solace! But drinking that warm breath of fresh air everyday for six months would only make my pockets real light.

That’s when I starting raiding grocery stores to find the perfect hot chocolate that could be made at home and for a much lesser price. But alas, a couple of packets and many trials later i realised that there was no hope to ome from a pack of powder.

A few days ago when I was home sick with a big bad cold, I decided to test my culinary skills once again. All I had was 2% milk, which we all know is quite healthy, but not really the hot chocolate type. But stubborn as I am, I refused to listen. A cup and some chocolate chips later, I am bragging about my new magic touch – making the perfect hot chocolate!

Try this recipe if you don’t believe me. You can make rich hot chocolate with 2% milk and no sugar. I know I did!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

1 cup 2% milk
2 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
sugar (if desired for a sweeter taste)
2-3 drops of peppermint extract

Method:

Warm a cup of milk without bringing it to a boil. Add chocolate chips, take off from heat and stir to melt chocolate into the milk.

Pour into a cup and add a few drops of peppermint extract. Use a milk frother to get that frothy goodness if desired.