MMM- Mayan Mocha Madness

imagesCA360FNG imagesCAM7ZUC7 imagesCARLT4YGCocoa was an important commodity in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Montezuma II, emperor of the Aztecs, dined, he took no other beverage than chocolate, served in a golden goblet (oh you fancy huh). Flavored with vanilla or other spices, his chocolate was whipped into a froth that dissolved in the mouth (but was very bitter).   It is reported that no fewer than 50 portions each day may have been consumed by Montezuma II, and 2000 more by the nobles of his court.

In honor of the Mayan Calendar Flop make yourself something sweet to drink.  How about an MMM – Mayan Mocha Madness—

INGREDIENTS:

1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup boiling water
ground chiles to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Aztec Chocolate: Grate the unsweetened chocolate into a bowl and cover it with a little of the boiling water. Mash the mixture into a paste. Add the rest of the water and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer until frothy. Add the pepper and chilies to liven up the drink.

The chocolate will not totally dissolve and will have a grittiness to it. For a more authentic drink let the mixture cool and then beat until frothy and drink.

Spanish Chocolate: Follow the directions for the Aztec Chocolate omitting the pepper and chilies and add 3 teaspoons of sugar, plus a dash of cinnamon.

 

and if you really feel like being lazy, just go to Whole Foods and pick up   Allegro Mayan Spice drinking Chocolate, some coconut milk , head home , boil it in a lil pot and relax.  viva cacao!!

Homemade SleepyTime Tea

Ingredients:

1 part dried spearmint

1 part dried chamomile flowers

Combine in a bag. Feel free to estimate here, its not something that needs to be perfect.

To serve, (if you really needed me to tell you) just place the desired amount of tea into a tea bell and mix with hot water. Serve with a little milk and honey, and a spot of lemon if you’d like.

It also tastes fantastic iced.

Enjoy!

 

recipe from http://www.whatscookinglehighvalley.com/2011/10/20/recipe-homemade-sleepytime-tea/