Chocolate Cubes

One of my fave magazines I subscribe to is Food Network.  I look forward to getting my monthly issue in the mailbox.  Each month they normally have a theme.  Guess what March is?  The Chocolate Issue.  Ahhhhhhhhh.

As I flip through the pages, what should appear?  This wonderful sight:

photo by James Wojcik

Thoughts of pouring hot milk over these luscious cubes entered my mind instantly.  I was making these no matter what.

My daughter’s eye caught the sight as well, and asked if we could make them.  “Sure thing” I said with a broad smile.

The recipe is quite simple.  Bring 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon unsweetened coco powder and 1 teaspoon sugar to a simmer in a saucepan, whisking until the lumps dissolve.  Remove from heat and add 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate melts.  Let cool for 5 min, then pour into ice-cube tray and freeze.

(I can’t think of a better way to use a turkey baster, can you?)

So now we wait.   And wait.  And wait.  I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.

Yum.

Good Reasons To Keep Eating Chocolate

A few weeks ago I decided to try to eat a bit healthier, at the urging of my kids.  I cut way back on chocolate and coca-cola, my two daily staples.  This wasn’t the first time I tried this little exercise and the results were the same:  I gained weight.  Talk about total frustration.  So I gave up.  I am back on the chocolate and coke diet and believe it or not, I have lost a few pounds.  But I am trying to add more fruits and veggies to my diet as well.  And today I went back to Zumba for a good workout.

Just read some interesting things in an article about good health and reducing stress.  Learned that we have a stress hormone called cortisol. Having small levels of this in our blood stream is a good thing, but high levels can be dangerous.  There is a very article on the good, bad and the ugly with regards to cortisol here.  It even gives you some activities which will relax the mind and body, positively affecting the levels of cortisol in the bloodstream.

Another interesting item which has an enormous impact on our body and how we feel is serotonin.  It is a neurotransmitter found in the brain, the lining of the digestive tract and in blood plates.  I read here that candy and sweets contain serotonin and can improve your mood, but only for 1 to 2 hours.  In my twisted mind, that means I should have some type of chocolate every two hours then, to keep up my good disposition.

I can always find reasons to keep eating chocolate!

Day 8 – January 2, 2009

Today we decided to go to Marco Island.  Jay read about a chocolate shop that he thought I would like, Black Chocolate Truffle, so we set out to find it.  It was a small place, not exactly what we were expecting.  But the chocolate was very good.  We then drove around and went to the marina where the pelicans were sunbathing.

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After a nice walk around the marina, we went to a place called The Old Marco Lodge, right on the water.  We had a very good time.

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To finish out the day, we played tennis (that was interesting, considering I haven’t played in about 25 years) and then relaxed at the pool.  After dinner we went to the pier (in the dark).  It certainly didn’t disappoint.  The night sky was again clear and sparkling.