As i write this, it is exactly 36 days — or as some would like to put it, 86 hours, 51,965 minutes or 3,117,862 or so seconds — away from Christmas. But it might as well have been Christmas in my calendar yesterday.
A couple of days ago, a visiting friend brought a pack of natural unsweetened chocolate tablets from Cebu (where she’s originally from). I’ve been to cebu a few times and I didn’t realize that apart from dried mangoes, danggit, dried pusit, and lechon, that they produced these wonderful goodies.
It’s smart because they come pre-cut into coin-sized, make that thick coin-sized, tablets that you simply drop in boiling water or milk, or a mixture of both). It’s a good thing that we had some pure cream milk in the ref so I boiled some with a bit of water, brown sugar and honey. Then i made it frothy by stirring it with a fork while I poured it slowly into a cup. (It’s a shame that we don’t have a batirol in our kitchen. I should do something about that.) Anyway, the fork did the trick in making a decent froth on top of the brew.
I almost finished it before I remembered to take a photo. Look at the solid bits at the bottom and on the walls of the cup. I never liked smooth chocolate. I want to taste the gritty stuff from the ground seeds of the cacao. It makes the drink a little bit more earthy and authentic, maybe just like how the Aztec emperor Montezuma had it in his time.