I am currently reading The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. I am a voracious reader and a foodie. When a book caters to both the senses, how can I not fall in love with it? At the point where I am reading now, Lillian has prepared a drink for her mother who has her head stuck in a book all the time to escape the reality. The girl just wants to bring her mother back to being herself and prepares delicacies to entice her. In one such attempt, Lillian prepares a drink and I thought why not I try this on my own because the recipe looked simple enough and I am no Julia Child. But Lillian is someone who doesn’t follow any recipe and goes by instinct. So, let me tell you how my little culinary adventure turned out.
Given below (sounds so academic) is the comparison of what Lillian did and what I tried.
Lillian’s Recipe (You can’t actually call this a recipe)
|Put milk in a saucepan. Use real milk, the thick kind.||Half a litre of Goodlife milk by Nandini poured into a saucepan.|
|Make orange curls. Set aside.||I don’t know how to get curls of orange peel! So I grated the outer peel carefully avoiding the inner white layer. White layer gives bitter taste.|
|Break the cinnamon in half.||About 2-3g of cinnamon stick.|
|Add orange peel and cinnamon to milk.||Added to the milk in the saucepan.|
|Grate the chocolate||Grated about 18-20g of plain Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate into the milk.|
|Add anise. Just a touch.||Added about 1g of anise powder into the milk.|
|Let it simmer until it all comes together. You will know when it does.||Yes, let it simmer. When all the chocolate melts and you get a faint aroma of spices, that is when you know it is done. By then, the milk would have reduced to half of the original quantity.|
|Use your wand (what she means by wand is a spatula).||I used a spoon. Keep stirring otherwise a layer of cream/fat forms on the surface spoiling the taste.|
|Now add that to your coffee.||I added about 5-6g of Bru instant coffee mix to the milk and filtered it to remove cinnamon piece and orange peels.|
|Top with whipping cream for softness.||Fresh cream from Milky Mist helped. I added 50g of the whipped cream to each of the two mugs.|
|Serve.||One mug for myself and another for my mother.|
I have to mention here, Lillian did not filter the contents to separate the cinnamon stick and orange peel. She used a spoon to hold them back as she poured her preparation into mugs. I just made my work easy. Also, Lillian’s coffee was already prepared. Considering it had sugar in it, sugar for my choco-coffee came from the Dairy Milk chocolate.
About the drink, it turned out to be yummy. I am not a fan of coffee or tea, but this tasted good. If you don’t trust me, then ask my mom. On some days, she survives on coffee when I pester her a lot. I don’t know what this is called. Lillian hasn’t named it in the novel. I will just call it choco-coffee. Simple enough for a person who is not much into the world of coffee. If you don’t add cream and whip the drink itself, I guess it turns into a cappuccino. People who drink it regularly would know better. Do let me know if both are same. And the picture doesn’t show pretty patterns on the drink. Bear with it.