Happiness as Anarchy #265: Chocolate hiding in the fridge

Looking for a little treat late in the evening and I discover a block of dark raspberry chocolate in the fridge. The perfect blend of sweet, bitter and zesty, with a nice crunch to round the night out. Thanks to my lovely friend Lisa who stayed last week for leaving delights in my fridge. It’s funny how it’s much easier to forget something that you weren’t responsible for.
Feel good about eating chocolate by reading up on its health benefits: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/dark-chocolate/

Happiness as Anarchy #170: Spanish Hot Chocolate

The thick, dark delight of Spanish hot chocolate is a gastronomical experience everyone should have more often. I was entranced by it from the first moment I tasted it in Spain nearly twenty years ago and it has never disappointed me since. Something like chocolate mousse or chocolate sauce but served in a cup, it is the ultimate afternoon tea beverage – rich, bitter, sweet, spiced, and velvety. As it’s hard to come by in Australia, I make my own.

5 tbsp good quality dark cocoa powder

4 tbsp sugar

2 tsp cornflour

1 cup water

Spices to taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla – experiment!

MIx all ingredients together in a saucepan with a whisk until all lumps are gone. Heat on medium, stirring constantly until thickened. Enjoy!