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Totensonntag and Hot Chocolate

Today is Totensonntag, and the weather seems to have followed suit. It’s grey and rainy and depressing and dark outside, which means today is the perfect day for three things: Buffy, sewing and alcoholic hot chocolate!  Yesterday I started a skirt from a pattern from the 40’s, I’ll post pictures when it’s finished, but I think I’m going to have to adjust the pattern a lot.  Also, believe it or not, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Romero’s Living Dead movies are the absolute best sewing movies of all time. They’re just brainless enough that you can follow along without looking at the screen all the time, and so over the top that they manage to keep you amused throughout.  It’s bizarre, I know, but that’s how it is.  Spiked Hot Chocolate is also a must for a cold blustery day of sewing and this one is my favorite.  It’s adapted from the Köln Chocolate Museum’s recipe and is The only hot chocolate recipe you’ll ever need:

Take 2 vanilla beans and simmer with 1 liter milk for 10 minutes.  Take them out, scrape out the middle, and set the milk aside.  In another pot add 3 tablespoons of cocoa, 1/4 liter of water and the vanilla bean scrapings, and bring it all to a boil.  Add the milk  and stir for a few minutes.  Then stir in 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of cane sugar, and a shot or rum or tequila.  If you’re really brave, add 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder or tabasco and a pinch of salt.  Stir and let simmer until everything is mixed and melted and blended.  In winter serve this hot with whipped cream, in summer serve chilled.  A good variation is to substitute the honey and chili with rapsberry syrup.

If I get up the energy to run to the kiosk and buy some milk, I’ll make some today and post hot chocolate pictures along with the skirt. But I wouldn’t count on it

Edited: Actually, scratch that.  My darling stove is still on the fritz. Rats.

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