Hot Chocolate For After the Snow (GFCF)

Calvin:  The secret to making great hot chocolate is to put the tiny marshmallows in first.

Hobbes:  So they melt faster?

Calvin:  No, so you can fit in forty or fifty of them.  This way the hot chocolate just fills in the cracks.

Hobbes:  I wondered why you eat it with a fork.

Calvin:  Also, I don’t use milk.  I just heat the syrup.

The most magical thing to wake up to is snow falling outside your window. The dull crunch of walking in snow, rosy-cheeked and exhaling fog with every breath. The world subdued and blanketed in muffled silence.

After an appointment at the dentist I came home and had lunch (a vegetable and beef stew with coconut milk that I’ve been making lately), before setting out again into the snow with my brother. I don’t know how long we were out there, but it was at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half. Possibly two hours. Time is lost. The little kid in me still wants to stay outside, even when my feet are freezing and beyond comfortably numb in ill-advised Adidas trainers and my fingers stiff from the cold despite wearing gloves. The only thing that can lure us back inside is a promise of something warm to drink.

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Emerald Green Banana Smoothie (GFCF)

Yesterday my brother asked to get this instant smoothie mix, Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion. It’s all natural, made with plant-based ingredients and “rich in organic, raw superfoods”. We got three of the small packets and this morning he had a smoothie with it. Once it was made, he asked me to take some photos of his smoothie before drinking – with the purpose of sharing it here.

Was he ever patient! This is my first drink recipe here, and also my first time photographing drinks. I think I did pretty well for my first time. These last two shots were directed by my brother. The Bionicle and “thumb’s up” ideas were his.

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