A journey of exploration and discovery of who I am becoming during the aging process. A great big bang-up HURRAH! that
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Friday, October 16, 2009
FALL FRUITS FESTIVAL - CHOCOLATE
I know that I'm just one of millions of chocolate lovers; but I'm sure you'll agree -- the passion that some of us feel for chocolate makes us feel like we must be the greatest chocolate lover!I now make that claim!
I lovechocolate more than anyone else!
I'm a bit of a chocolate snob. Growing up, my children's Easter bunnies and little chocolate Xmas ornaments were always safe because I only eat qualitychocolate. I have a chocolate stash in my bedroom as well as at work for emergencies. And I'm completely serious when I say that it's necessary because there are times when only chocolate can satisfy and/or heal you.
Can I get an AMEN out there, sisters?
For many years, I used to feel extreme guilt for eating so muchchocolate, so often; but I no longer feel that way. (I think it has to do with aging and menopause and letting go of the yoke of "what others will think" or "what's proper".) There are much worse vices, right! I do eat chocolate every day -- but not large quantities. And yes, there are times that I overindulge (like the $30 at Rocky Mountain recently that was lovingly imbibed over a 3 hour period.) But golly gee! Gosh darn it! It's so yummy; and life is so short; and it can be difficult! So, as stated above, I've done away with my own personal chocolate guilt!
(For anyone out there who still experiences this debilitating condition, I am available for prayer, the laying on of healing hands and full-scale choco-guilt exorcisms! Payment in quality chocolate only please!)
For the past year, I have commissioned myself to be on a lifetime quest to try out as many kinds of chocolate as I possibly can. There really is nothing to compare to the smell, the texture and the taste of a good chocolate!
I can't pick a favorite chocolate recipe. So, I'll give you a good, quick standby for school bake sales and Girl Guide meetings etc.
Melt 1 bag of good quality chocolate chips in a double boiler. Add 1 cup of unsalted peanuts (or other nuts of choice) and 1 cup mini marshmallows. Stir; drop heaping tablespoons of this mixture onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Chill. These "candies" will easily peel off once they harden. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. You can also jazz them up with chopped candied ginger, flaked coconut, M&M's (add these last) or anything else you can imagine. Kids love these!
And now -- I leave you with this Ode to Chocolate which I found on the following blog. It so completely voices my own personal feelings about chocolate, and I really wanted you to share it with others who have "the chocolate monkey on their back"! The authorhttp://tumerica.blogspot.com/searchstates that it must be read aloud, and I agree. Try it:
Ode to Chocolate
Brown creamy friend—
You contribute to my well-being,
Soothing stimulant, Smoothing recovery
You race my heart,
Unsludge my brain.
You are liquid pleasure
Inspiration to forgive—
You are supplanted by the bean of a plant
Rich, dark stimulant;
Woven into Luxurious
Gratification and Oral love.
Truffles, Eggshell delicate
Yielding to Creamy inside—
A raison d’être.
I gratefully surrender to your ardor and sultriness.