There are times in life when you just want hot chocolate. It's usually an upset, either a so called friend stabs you in the back (metaphorically speaking), your favourite umbrella broke in the rain, or whatever. It doesnt' really have to be a major life catastrophe, now does it? Us women have an inherent instinct to "justify" the necessity.
We rush to the kitchen at full speed and whip up hot chocolate or grab our favourite chocolate bar. Our cure-all for life's minor setbacks, or so we convince ourselves.
A satisfying start to a Saturday morning using our Poached Pear & Apple dessert warmed up and stuffed into Spelt Pancakes. I love making this at the weekend. I'd like to say I sit at the dining table looking out at the garden, listening to birds singing while I savour eating it. All the while perusing the weekend papers for all the gossip and food news.
Well the winter surely hit in the last few days, so cold in Ireland isn't it? I usually have mulled wine, cider or apple juice nearer to Christmas but caved in over the weekend. Whether it does or not I convinced myself that it warms me up. mugful but it is certainly not like the sweeter versions that are my norm. Hope you like it.
Now here's one you'll thank me for when you get that call from one of your guests to say they are intolerant to dairy, gluten or is a vegan. This dairy-free chocolate and vanilla ice cream torte looks like you went to an awful lot of effort. Who's to know, unless you tell them, that it's from shop bought ingredients.
During the Holiday season: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas we're all going to be very busy buying presents, goodies and what not. It's easy to forget about, or only see a guest or family member on a restrictive diet as a nuisance or a weight bearing down heavily on you to sort out. Here's a quick and easy one to have at the ready which is easy to adjust depending on dietary needs.