Fancy kick-ass hot chocolate drink

Good bye hot summer Hello sexy Fall

It was hot. very hot. Foggy. Hotter on some days. Foggy again. But mostly hot. You got the idea.

That’s why I love Fall. Autumn. But I prefer to call this festive season Fall. It literally illustrates falling leafs and a whole new world of colors is unfold right in front of our eyes. Absolutely magnificent.

Beautiful Fall Autumn in Paris.Don’t you love Fall in Paris?

Along with the celebration it became a habit here to indulge on hot chocolate drinks flavored with whatever comes to mind. It’s the coziest of cozy drink and the more I make it the fanciest it gets.

My younger daughter is my fancy hot chocolate drink number one fan (child version of course). Let me remind myself for a moment that she still drinks hot chocolate every morning since she was two years old. She is almost 13 now. You do the math.

So if it’s cool where you live and you feel like having a fancy kick-ass hot chocolate drink click the link here, where I posted my recipe for this frothy and cozy hot chocolate.

kick-ass hot chocolate drink

It’s made of real chocolate not powder and that’s what makes the difference. Simple, easy with a little bit of preparation – it never hurts anyone.

kick-ass hot chocolate drink

Here’s a tip about my fancy hot chocolate drink: you can omit the liquor in the recipe if you don’t feel like having it. But  remember, the liquor makes it not only a fancy kick-ass hot chocolate drink for adults, but also give it that nice kick your taste buds will thank you for it. Try it with and without if you like and let me know what you think.

Last but not least, this month god only knows how much chocolate in almost any version I’ve had and it’s only the beginning of October – that includes my birthday, anniversary, my daughters birthdays and our holidays. Now that’s a lot of chocolate. I’m going through a chocolate phase.

And it gets even better, drinking it with Mr sense of hummus makes me feel I’m on a date.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss you to pieces…and a fantastic no-bake cheese dessert recipe

Alright, I haven’t been posting for a while, I have no one to blame but myself  and it’s only because I decided to do nothing and devote more time for sitting.

But first, this:

no-bake cheese dessert with blueberry sauce

I’m kitting I’m kitting…

I get 4,000 reminders from the Mr and daughters that go something like this: “hey mom/babe i haven’t heard your shooting gun pew pew for a while, what happened? and don’t give me excuses i/we don’t wanna hear it!”. So why did you ask.
See, my camera makes fast and repeat shooting sounds kinda like run-and-gun…too funny.

Now this:

no-bake cheese dessert with blueberry sauce

I’m also aware of the fact that by not posting every week can/may/has an effect on my blog and my beloved followers (hi honey), not to mention a limited amount of eyeballs.

What!?

…but that doesn’t stop me from coming back and posting about the things I love to do that fuel my soul.

And now this:

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauceYou see, now and then life throws at you a couple of balls to juggle like there is no tomorrow for example: we got another dog, a puppy, I don’t even know why. That’s a lot of show right there. Being away from home for a long time isn’t easy on my family (although I get to do whatever I want and end the nights really…really late).  I recently traveled overseas to plan my daughter’s Bat-Mitzva this summer. Apparently it’s like planning a wedding minus the groom. And I’m only scratching the surface here. The book I want to write that is long over-due and that my family “reminds” me about it every day…I’m about to explode. My head is full with so much to write that sometimes its hard to get it all out. Don’t get me wrong I love my head it’s wonderful and full of awesomeness but…wait let me breath…nonetheless, I will and shall make it happen.

And now, I am delighted to introduce a fantastic dessert that has just the right ingredients to make anyone happy. It’s summer, it’s hot, we wear less and excercise more but this dessert only completes our summer picture perfect. It’s surprisingly provocative and infused with acidity, sweetness, creaminess and texture that create a sultry dessert – it’s a party in your mouth.

No-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

So easy to make I call it SmartDessert because first, you can enjoy this elegant sweetness under any weather even if you’re having a turbulence in your living room. Second, it’s three easy recipes in one, where I’ll post about separately, that you can enjoy completely on their own. Smart he?

My favorite part is the blueberry sauce. O.M.G – It is to die for. I mixed a couple of liquids and made a heavenly blueberry reduction. The Mr was speechless! so was I. But you know how kids are…they always have something to say…errr.

Finally, this:

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

Shall we?

Ingredients:

Cheese batter

8 oz. cold Mascarpone cheese
1 cup very cold heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
pinch of kosher salt

Blueberry sauce:

2 c. fresh blueberries
1/2 c. Kahlua liqure
1/4 aged balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp pure honey

*1 tbsp honey butter, room temperature – click for the recipe

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Yields 6 cups. Grease 6 glass ice-cream cups with honey butter. refrigerate until ready to use.
In a medium bowl combine cheese, vanill, sugar and salt. Whisk until smooth and creamy. In another bowl beat the whipping cream until thick and fluffy. Fold the cream into the cheese mixture. Scoop into the chilled ice-cream cups. Refrigerate 4 hours.

In the meantime, combine kahlua and balsamic in a non-stick medium pan on medium heat. When starts to boil lower heat to low and cook until liquid reduced by a third. Add blueberries and honey, mix and continue to cook a few more minutes stirring occasionally, until sauce is honey-like consistency. Keep in mind not to overcook the blueberries. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature**.

Take the cups out of the refrigerator, arrange on a serving tray and top with blueberry sauce. Serve.  It is A.mazing every.single.time.

**I store the Blueberry sauce in a glass container in the refrigerator, it becomes hard when chilled. I stick it in the microwave on high for a few seconds to melt, just before re-use.

This sauce also makes an amazing jam on a fresh country toasted bread.

“Hello Darling” Kahlua Coffee Comfort drink

Well, that name pretty much describes it.

But let me start over.

Today I could use some comfort to ease the madness I’m going through now. You see, I just found out that my other design blog which I’ve been working on so hard (like the rest of us), for a few years now, is hacked. I do not know how long but I believe it’s been hacked for a while and I do not know how much damage has been done.

Maybe it’s my fault that I haven’t written on that blog for a couple of months since life became so demanding and I did not have a chance to change password or give the website a routine checkup. So yes, I could use some comfort here because just the thought of damaged files…what a headache.

As my eyes scrolled down the strange-looking page of what is supposed to look like my design blog , I immediately thought about my other blog, this one, and rushed to log in making sure everything is o.k. and everything here is o.k. thank god.
So I took a deep long breath even though deep inside my heart swirled in one big storm.

We can all use a bit of comfort when we get distracted by something so unexpected and because it happened during the day and I was home alone, I walked away from my computer to put some thoughts together but also felt the need to make something. To create. I ran down stairs and spontaneously made this creamy delicious winter drink. It made me feel better, way better. It was a combination of a lot of things: the delicious taste of freshly brewed coffee, the soft texture of the cream, the process of making something, and the insane aroma that followed. Sip by sip I had to sit, enjoy the drink and slow down. Really slow down – Hello Darling – what a treat.

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink

Regardless of our mental being at certain moments in our lives this delicious hot Kahlua coffee is so grown up you’d want to have it any time of the day especially you, night owls out there.  And it’s perfect for cold winter days our country is suffering from as I write this post. But again, here in South Florida, it’s always beautiful and never freezes, which is a problem because I can’t wear my favorite fake fur coat.

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink recipe

I made my full cup-load of creamy Kahlua coffee drink using fresh ground whole coffee beans. If there’s one think I’m happy to own in my kitchen is this amazing cappuccino machine that basically does almost everything but walk.  More on that in another post.

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink

This drink recipe is perfect for girls night in, Men’s night in (maybe it’s not such a good idea), or any excuse you wish to use.

Don’t wait, don’t answer the phone, don’t watch T.V., don’t Instagram –  just make “Hello Darling” and drink.

ingredients:

1 cup freshly brewed coffee
small shot of Kahlua (I used 2 tbsp for this recipe)
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1 vanilla pod, scraped
Cinnamon stick
pinch of cardamom powder

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Make your own coffee with freshly ground beans. If that is not possible then any good freshly made coffee will do.

Combine the heavy cream and the scraped vanilla and whisk on low then high speed for 3 minutes, until softly whipped. Do not over-whip.

Pour the hot coffee into a pretty glass coffee mug about 2/3 full, add the shot of Kahlua. Top it off with a dollop of the freshly whipped cream. Inset the cinnamon stick and sprinkle with cardamom powder. Damn delicious.

p.s.:

If you’d like to make more then one cup simply double the amount called in the recipe.