For Christmas this year Caroline and I bought each other experiences and edibles.
One of the gifts I got Caroline was a three-month subscription to an artisan food box, from a website called Flavour Full Stop.
Each month they send out a selection of six artisan food products sourced in the UK and roughly built around a theme.
We both like artisan products and I thought it would be a fun way to try some new and different products from those we can pick up at our local farm shops and delicatessens.
Our first package arrived yesterday and, as Caroline predicted, it was based around detoxing after New Years celebrations.
Pomegranate Ketchup – by Phatbreads – This has a delightful see and sour flavour a little bit like a chutney.
Hibiscus Syrup – by Syrup Junkie – Used for making cocktails; alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Ginger Tingle Fruit Cake – by Tipple Tails – This has a recommended accompaniment of blue cheese. Delicious!
Goji and Orange Dark Chocolate – by Daisy and Dam – Chocolate with berries in – yummy!
Tamarind Chipotle Flavour Jerky – by Big T’s Jerky – Gotta love the jerky.
Hot Chocolate is such a comforting and dreamy experience (apart from when you’ve lost your hat, of course!)
Just the thought of it conjures up images of snuggled up in dressing gowns clutching the hot mug between your hands and sipping carefully at the steaming chocolate.
Quite often we reach for the instant packet of hot chocolate; great for speed and convenience, but not so great on the sugar. Commercially bought Hot Chocolate is always way too seer for my liking.
Why not make your own hot chocolate?
The only ingredient which isn’t probably already in your store cupboard is the vanilla pod.
Okay, so we’ve got a vanilla pod. Here goes a smooth and creamy Hot Chocolate recipe that hits all the right notes.
Hot Chocolate Recipe
1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out
1 litre/1¾ pints milk
150g/5½oz plain chocolate, in small pieces
sugar, to taste
freshly grated nutmeg, for dusting
- Heat the vanilla pod, seeds and milk in a saucepan until boiling.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate pieces, stirring until the chocolate melts.
- Whisk until frothy on top and add sugar, to taste.
- Serve with a dusting of nutmeg.
– Add a cinnamon stick in at step one to give it a little extra twist.