I really needed a bit of TLC this weekend. The last month or so I have felt completely helpless, buffeted about by life happening around me and it wasn’t until this evening that I finally had a chance to sit down and think.
We have just 6 weeks until Christmas. I know a lot of people are still fighting it but it’s true. And if, like me, you have a lot of friends and family who all (rightly) want a piece of your time during the festive season, your diary is probably booked from here until the New Year. Every spare second I am trying to work out when I can buy presents, when I can wrap presents, when I can prepare food for my guests, make the Christmas cake and don’t forget the mince pies! The Christmas tree isn’t going to buy or decorate itself and at some point I’d like to make it to a Carol service or two. I think I need a PA…
But, as I write this I have managed to find a moment or two just for me. I’m curled up on the sofa in my pajamas, a Christmas film is on and I am enjoying a rich, decadent White Hot Chocolate. It’s made with fresh cream, white chocolate and vanilla for a smooth, sweet taste.
White Hot Chocolate Recipe
Yes you could buy an instant White Hot Chocolate mix from the supermarket. Yes it would save you five minutes. But some things are worth the extra effort and this is one of them.
I’d toyed with posting the recipe for just one serving but the likelihood is that if you’ve found a second to make a hot chocolate for yourself there is probably at least one other person lurking in the background asking if they can have one too. I’m sure they’ve been working hard too – so here’s a recipe fit for two. Simply multiply or divide as required.
- 1 mug of milk
- 1 mug of single cream
- 16 cubes of white chocolate
- Seeds of 1 vanilla pod
- Squirty cream to serve
- Pour the milk and cream into a heavy bottomed pan, place the pan on the hob and heat slowly until it is almost simmering.
- Place the white chocolate into the pan along with the seeds from the vanilla pod.
- Stir gently until all of the chocolate has melted and the vanilla seeds are evenly dispersed.
- Pour the hot chocolate drink into the glasses or mugs of your choice.
- Top with a mound of squirty cream and enjoy!
In the time it has taken to drink this decadent White Hot Chocolate, that’s it, the weekend has come to an end. I’ll go to bed and wake up tomorrow for another busy week at work. Then from here on in every weekend is spent with friends or family. Jon and I won’t get another weekend alone now until our anniversary in the New Year.
Whilst I do love spending time with friends and family – and I really do, after all that is what Christmas is all about – I’ll be savouring the odd 10 minutes over a hot chocolate. After all, everyone needs a bit of “me time” once in a while and this recipe is a real treat.
How do you find the time and space for a moment of reflection over the crazy Christmas period? I’m sure I’m not alone! Leave your comments below.