Our landlords aren’t turning on our heat. For some of you used to the weather up here in the northeast, maybe it’s not such a big deal. But for someone like me, who’s spent her life on either the Mediterranean or Gulf coasts, night time temperatures below 60 degrees require a furnace. I sleep beneath two comforters and six blankets, in sweat pants and a sweat shirt, with a heating pad — that’s how bad it is in my bedroom. No one else in my house seems to have an issue with it, for some reason, but it is a serious problem for me.
I called the landlords yesterday, and they promised to look into it. Nothing has changed so far. In the evenings, I cuddle up with a couple of blankets in front of my computer to try to distract myself.
It was on one of these chilly nights that I decided I needed a caffeine-free hot drink. I didn’t have any Ovaltine, so I decided to try my hand at a homemade hot chocolate (I do always keep several chocolate bars and a bag of dark chocolate chips lying around. They’re very important to my daily sanity).
This recipe is a little funny — the first night, I just drank some of it straight. It’s a very rich blend, undiluted. Today, I added a little bit of milk to a scoop of the “base,” that is, the leftovers from the first night, then reheated it all on the stove. I think that it might be very tasty if the base itself were reheated, then mixed with a little Guinness or some chocolate liqueur.
2 types of chocolate (I used one square of Lindt Excellence Chili Dark Chocolate, which I broke into smaller pieces, then a handful of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips)
1/4 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup milk (I used skim, and it was plenty rich)
1. Combine all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat. Stir until all chocolate has melted and mixture has thickened slightly. Pour into a mug and enjoy.
With Guinness: pour 1/4 of the batch into a mug, then fill up the rest of the mug with Guinness and stir until combined. (I actually haven’t tried this — if someone does, let me know!)
With Chocolate Liqueur: pour 1/2 the batch into a mug, then top off with 2 oz chocolate liqueur and stir until combined.
With Extra Milk: pour 1/2 the batch into a saucepan, then add 1/2 a mug full of milk. Stir until mixture is combined and hot.