“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.

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Creamy hot chocolate Kahlua beverage

Food of the Gods

If you like it hot. Smooth. Spicy.

Hot chocolate. Think about it.

It’s not only for red-cheeked children after a long play in the snow Or little old ladies who sit by the fire knitting a sweater, no. Delicious hot chocolate is for those who understand ingredient, quality and…life. It’s for grown ups in particular. Why? because we can use any chocolate we like which means high-quality not the syrup kind. And, we can add any liquor we want instead of…what do you call them again?…oh yeah, marshmallows. I don’t do hot chocolate and marshmallows. You see, I wasn’t born into a family that craves sweets but I like to have something sweet every once in a while. Mr Sense of Hummus on the other hand has a sweet tooth but he is not a hot chocolate lover. Until a week ago (not sure if it’s the hot chocolate drink or what the hot chocolate drink made me do), when I felt the need to have something hot…something silky and warm…something that will boost my mood and stimulate my body… something that will make me groan. Yes baby, this hot chocolate does it. Even the gods use to have hot chocolate rituals.

homemadehotchocolate-1No matter what the weather, it’s rich and delicious, smooth and spicy, hot and comforting. Mmm it was a ten minute Happy Hour for me.

delicious hot chocolate beverage

delicious hot chocolate beverage

Remember, with three main delicious ingredients you can’t go wrong.

delicious hot chocolate beverage

I love how the shaved chocolate melts as soon as its sprinkled on top and the cinnamon turns into a reddish puddle sinking ever so slightly into the hot milk foam…this is a goodness waiting to fill up a drooling mouth. Mine included.

So…shall we:

Serving: 2-3 persons**:

**Remember it’s a hot chocolate beverage so don’t do what I did: if you’re making it and you’re not alone make sure you have enough to share. I had to do it twice more the same night because I thought no one will smell it or ask to “taste it”. I was wrong.

Ingredients:

3 cups cold low-fat milk
2 oz. high quality semi-sweet chocolate (plus a little extra for shaving)
3 tbsp Kahlua liquor (coffee liquor)
2 tbsp white sugar
1 pinch of cinnamon powder
pinch of kosher salt

Brake the chocolate to small pieces and over medium heat in a small saucepan combine milk, chocolate and salt. Whisk ingredients to a smooth consistency while the chocolate melts. Continue whisking to prevent the chocolate from scorching. Whisk gently until bubbles begin to appear and the milk is hot enough (you’ll know). Add the Kahlua, stir and remove from heat.

Divide hot beverage among a couple of pretty cups, top each with shaved chocolate and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve, drink and…enjoy.

Care for Kahlua cocktail?

This is the best Kahlua banana cocktail you will ever make. Once you start using Kahlua in your drinks you can begin your own drinks collection. Kahlua is so versatile and can be used in many ways – if you love coffee liquor.

So what do you do when you’re stuck with ripe bananas? Most people I know throw them away. I usually have one or two left that I tend to trash because no one, even if I pay them, will eat it in my house.

I wasn’t even going to consider a search for any recipe that calls for over ripen bananas. Seriously? I looked at my poor looking bananas and promised that I will find something creative to do with them and trashing it wasn’t an option. Now I’m not talking about over ripen bananas that lose color, taste or smell bad no. I’m not that desperate. I’m talking about bananas that once they show their first tiny sign of aging they are dismissed completely by everyone in my family. How sad.

What to do what to do? Ah…I love Kahlua liquor. Don’t you? I always have it in my pantry. So…ripe bananas…Kahlua…heavy cream (which I happened to have)…cardamon seeds (I’m always looking to spice things up). Bingo! Kahlua/banana cocktail. It’s like a shake that brings the kid out of me…but with a twist.

delicious kahlua cocktailThis cocktail is different than others because of a little tiny devil – cardamon. It’s scent is warm and aromatic and the taste is sharp so you need only a few to add this unique flavor.
delicious kahlua cocktail

Shall we?

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas peeled and sliced
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 c. Kahlua liquor
1/4 c. cold heavy cream
1/2 c. cold low-fat milk
4 cardamon seeds crushed (or 1/4 tsp cardamon powder)
unsweetened cocoa powder for garnish
 ice (enough to make the drink cold)

Preparation:

Combine Kahlua, sugar and bananas in a small sauce pan. Medium heat. Cook while stirring for about 10 min., until syrup starts to develop. Don’t worry about how the bananas look like.

At this time things start to sell AMAZING.

Remove from heat. Let cool for a few minutes. In the meantime combine milk, heavy cream, cardamon and ice in a blender. Slowly add the banana mixture. Blend while breaking the ice turning the mixture into a light shake.

Pour into tall glass goblets, dust with cocoa powder and it’s mmm…enjoy.