I don't know about you, but when icy winds blow and I'm inching my car over snowy roads -- the wipers swishing madly as the flakes cover my windshield -- my mind escapes to a vision of me curled up on the couch with a steaming cup of something in my hand.
And I mean something that will warm me from the inside out, maybe even bring back a few soothing memories. Hot chocolate, for instance. I always loved hot cocoa with marshmallows on a school “snow day,” lovingly served by Mom when I should have been in math class. Warm milk brings to mind my late grandmother a”h. If I had trouble sleeping, that warm milk would soothe my belly, make my eyelids heavy and lull me into a contented slumber.
You probably keep a few hot drinks in your memory bank too. Think of the ones that give you the most comfort and pleasure: mulled wine? hot cider? mocha latte? warm milk spiked with vanilla syrup?
The English, of course, say that nothing rivals a spot of tea. Sweetened with a drop of milk, it cures everything from a broken arm to a broken heart. I have it on good authority from my English friend Hadassah that tea is truly their national chicken soup.
There is always coffee. I love café mocha, but that’s not an end of the day drink: it revs me up, instead of helping me unwind. But if caffeine is not a problem for you, treat yourself to a well-brewed cup of java (with or without flavorings) and feel those snowflakes melt from your mind.
Just in time for winter weather I have a new Quick & Kosher recipe for you, Spicy Hot Cocoa with Kahlua (the liquor is optional). It’s the perfect warm drink for a cold night. It's worth adding to your bag of tricks. You get the goodness of calcium with the comfort of chocolate, plus the added zing of spices: hot, spicy, sweet and comforting -- all in one sip!
Try it, and let me know what you think.