Aztec Drinking Chocolate
Since the festive season is upon us, I thought I would share the recipe for one of my favorite winter time treats. The Aztec culture is one of the first to believe that chocolate can have medicinal and healing properties. They even used it in some cases as currency and an offering to the gods in sacred ceremonies. I think most people today are just as stoked on chocolate, they just wont admit it out loud.
- 3oz dark chocolate bar (fair trade!)
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- ~1 teaspoon sugar
- ~1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of chili powder (this is important!)
- (garnish - vegan marshmallows, cinnamon sticks)
Chop entire bar of chocolate into a pile of small shavings. The finer the pieces, the easier it will be to melt them. Heat milk in a pot over the stove on low. Keep temperature down the whole time so as not to burn the chocolate. As the milk heats up, slowly add chocolate shavings and whisk constantly until melted and smooth. Begin adding sugar, cinnamon, and chili powder - tasting along the way to your personal preference. It may sound like a strange combination of flavors, but trust me, it’s delicious.
Remove pot from heat and pour immediately into mug to serve. If it seems extremely rich and thick - like you wouldn’t be able to stomach a whole glass in one sitting - you did it right. Drinking chocolate is meant to be sipped slowly over time, experiencing the treat with each of your senses. I like to serve this with vegan marshmallows they sell at my local market, and a few fresh cinnamon sticks for extra flavor. This doesn’t offer too many health benefits other than the antioxidants in chocolate, but this is definitely one of those foods that is good for your soul, which is of equal importance.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
I probably make this for breakfast about six days a week and never grow tired of it. Perfect if you’re always running out the door in a hurry and aren’t the type of person who can stomach a heavy meal first thing in the morning.
- 1-2 frozen bananas, sliced
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon flax seed (Earth Balance makes peanut butter you can get with flax seed already in it, if you want to cut back on one more ingredient)
Dump everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Everything is adjustable depending on if you want a a heavier chocolate flavor, lighter peanut butter flavor, thinner consistency, etc. This will give your morning an easy boost of antioxidants, potassium, and energy. Best served in a mason jar, because obviously.
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I write this as I sit on the floor of my apartment, or rather, on a cushion encased in plastic atop the floor of my new apartment for fear of my bare flesh touching the thick layer of hazardous grime left by the previous tenants. Trying to keep my mind off the lingering scent of mildew and cat excrement, I’ve been reflecting on my relationships and the unfortunate hit they’ve taken recently.
Community and friendship are two things that I value most, and I have been fortunate throughout my life to discover and create numerous little pockets of these friend-families all over the world. An unfortunate side effect of leaving bits of your heart in multiple places means having to miss out on a lot of important things and not seeing those you love as much as you would like. Just in the past few weeks, I have had a friend make a serious life decision, another friend survive a near-death experience, and another come to visit my city - and I wasn’t there for any of it.
Part of me feels a pang of guilt as I write that last sentence, but I trust that my friends understand that this is what happens when time passes and people set down different paths. As strange as it may seem to someone who lives a stationary lifestyle and always sees the same people, some of the best friends I have right now are the ones I see the least. The ones who let weeks, months, or sometimes more than a year pass by between our meetings and we somehow pick up right where we left off. Sometimes we don’t even talk about everything that’s happened in each of our lives during the months apart, but rather we talk about right now. What’s important right now. Of course I have friends that I am able to see often, and for you I am equally grateful. You keep me sane and grounded and provide me with a constant that is so crucial to my well-being.
As the years have gone by I think the friends that are still around are the ones that understand there are a multitude of ways to be a friend, not just physically being there. Everyone I love is on some crazy, ambitious journey that is vastly different from the next person’s, and I’m so thankful to call you my friends. With a restless lifestyle it is to be expected that we’re not always going to be able to be at each other’s side when that is the very thing we want the most. Sometimes we miss birthdays and holidays and graduations and all the tiny experiences in between that seem insignificant on paper but really they’re the things that matter.
For some reason this year seems to be one of the toughest to get everyone together. I don’t know if there’s really one thing we can blame it on - tough economic times turning us into office slaves, using this particular time to see the world and put everything else on hold, some of us have put so much mileage between us that we don’t have the time or money it requires to bridge the gap. I was talking to my childhood best friend not too long ago (over the phone, of course) and she said “I’m enjoying my life and I want to be an adult, but I want to be an adult with my friends.” So I guess this is growing up.
I’m not really making an apology or declaring some resolve to change the way things are. I’m not even going to ask that we all try a little harder to stay in touch, because when you really care about someone, it’s not something you need to remind yourself. In all of this, I guess what I feel is important for you to know is that I care about you tremendously. Maybe more than I say or you believe, but each of you are the very lifeblood that keep me alive and inspired. Even if you’re far away, especially if you’re far away, know that you are valued and we still talk for a reason. If I’m going to be seeing you soon, I’m really looking forward to it, and if no such plans exist yet, expect a phone call.
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Today was awesome. It was preceded by seeing Kevin Devine KILL IT last night at the North Star Bar, so I already started the day in good spirits. I hopped the boltbus to NYC for the day and was able to have a spontaneous coffee date with my friend Ying. After that I headed to the main event for the day, the Run For Cover showcase in Brooklyn. AWESOME. Not only did I see a bunch of great friends, and meet their friends, but every band totally killed it. If you have an opportunity over the next week or so to catch such gold/koji/such koji on the road you MUST see them. Both put on killer shows separately but them on stage together was a whole different animal. Koji started playing and as soon as such gold came up on the guitars I started having kittens all over the place. Afterward I hopped the path and met my parents in NJ. It was nice to have a long day of organized chaos and then come home to my dogs and a home cooked meal. Tomorrow it’s back to Philly for sunday dinner with the friend family, but tonight it’s just me in my parents’ kitchen with this costco sized box of oreos. Dear god.