2014 The Best Cheap Ethnic Eatz

It is almost time to ring in the New Year! 2015 is just around the corner and it is filled with wonderful opportunities and changes compared to 2014. Do you have a resolution this year?

The beginning of a new year is also a great time to reflect on what you have accomplished in the year that just passed. My personal list is filled with lots of good new things overall. This positive list includes the many recipes I have had the privilege to share with you. Here are the top 10 most viewed recipes of 2014:

Bahraini Chicken Machboos 2014

Bahraini Chicken Machboos

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Like Water for Cold Mexican Hot Chocolate

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by The Law Student’s Cookbook. She picked Like Water for Chocolate, a book I read eons ago but had not seen the movie.

For this challenge I decided to make a Cold Mexican Hot Chocolate. Cold because it is freaking hot this summer! And calling it hot chocolate is a bit of a stretch. I took the basic ingredients used to make Mexican Chocolate but I brewed it like coffee and is dairy-free. Interesting twist no?

Cold Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Grown Up Orange Hot Chocolate

What to post as the first recipe of the year? I was not too inspired at first. The fact that I was bed/couch ridden for 4 days with a nasty cold certainly did not help. December overall was not a good thing (I will stop bitching soon, smiles for 2012). Cooking was not a priority. With the cold still hanging on, the return to work was also difficult. Oh and did I mention how freaking COLD the weather was too.

Elaborate cooking no. A hot and warm drink yes. One with strong booze to kick my cold in the *&?%, oh yes! So I offer you a Cheers for the New Year with a drink that will fill the party quota, the sitting by the fire place quota, warming up from a cold day quota, and help scaring away  a nasty virus  quota. A nice boozed up hot chocolate with orange notes.

Ξ Grown Up Orange Hot Chocolate Ξ

1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon sugar
A pinch of salt
1 oz orange juice
7 oz milk
1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier
1 Tablespoon Scotch (or other)

Mix cocoa, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan, slowly stir in milk and orange juice. Heat and stir over moderately low heat until just boiling, then simmer 2 minutes. Add Grand Marnier and Scotch. Serve in a mug or thick glass with an orange zest.

Check out all the other citrus lovers on January’s #citruslove bloghop

 

Thursday’s Thingamajig: French Café Hot Chocolate Maker

I was so excited Tuesday morning. I participated in a contest over at the Chocolate Cult blog and I won!!!! And my prize arrived Tuesday morning at work: a Hot Chocolate Maker.

I received the BonJour 32 oz. French Café Hot Chocolate Maker

Yes, with summer on our doorstep Hot Chocolate may not be the first treat that comes to mind but an Iced Chocolate would certainly hit the spot. In other words this baby can get mileage year round!

The pamphlet horrifyingly shows how to make it with milk and chocolate syrup (ewww) but have no fear I will be suing sugar, cocoa powder and a multitude of exotic flavoring ingredients such as ginger, lavender and cayenne…to name a few!

Just toss in your ingredients, put the lid on, insert the frother and let it froth baby! Oh yeah!

Features:

  • 32 oz Capacity hot chocolate frother
  • Comes with an automatic battery powered frother that whips hot milk and chocolate reminiscent of the Aztec’s molinillo frothing tool
  • Ceramic construction
  • Dishwasher and microwave-safe

Some Big Pictures

From The Big Picture over at Boston.com…some big food items!

Bakers link pieces of gingerbread in order to break a world record on December 18, 2009 in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany. A total of 1,700 kg of honey, 1,700 kg of flour, 1,000 kg of walnuts, 900 kg of hazelnuts, 550 liters of milk and 158 liters of cherry schnapps were used to make the one kilometer-long and seven-ton-heavy gingerbread. (SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Erico Choco-Musée in Quebec City

I was recently in Quebec City for a 24hr getaway. How lucky I was to enjoy balmy temperatures of 14 C with rain….NOT! And all I had were capris, sandals and a thin little sweater. Well at least this situation permitted me to discover a little epicurean delight I might have missed had it been July like weather (in July!)

Yes, the lovely aroma of chocolate called our names and nothing was more comforting then the feeling of the hot nectar of the Gods flowing down our throats and warming us up. And what a hot chocolate it was! I think this is a rival to Montreal’s Juliette et Chocolat. NOW WAIT here me out before screaming in protest to my last blasphemic comment! It is not served the same wait, it is not comparable if you match it cup to cup…..but I have to say the hot Chocolate found at Erico Choco-Musée had a certain ‘je-ne-sais-quoi’ that was superior. Only down fall was not having bigger cups for sale! There is no real how-to info for me to share so just go the Quebec city and try it.

Of course you can buy all the chocolate you want in the store but the real main attraction here is the Chocolate Museum. Attached to the store is a room filled with Chocolate history, facts, equipment and art. Its a real fun attraction for the kids with a few interactive stations.

Now I would say the best find here is a pamphlet on the health benefits of chocolate. Next time someone tells you to stop eating so much chocolate, well tell them how its in your best interest to improve and uphold your great health.  See some facts about dark chocolate:

– 100gr. of dark chocolate has the same amount of fiber then 100gr. of whole wheat bread.

– contains serotonin, which helps fight stress and depression

– contains fluorine to help FIGHT cavities, not cause them!

– contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B12, D, and a slew of minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, etc.

See how good chocolate is for you!!!!

Hugs and biscuits
Evelyne