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Chocolat chaud et autres petites joies hivernales

Hot chocolate and other little winter joys

There is fretttte, warning of extreme cold, accompanied by a storm, that's how they tell media weather. Yes, I know that we're freezing, that winter is at its peak, that we have to dress the children in 32 layers, that we have to clear the car, etc.

But... “When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars.“

-Oscar Wilde

How about practicing gratitude for winter? This frosty weather, despite the frostbite, offers us dozens of little joys, which the inhabitants of Bora Bora will never taste. Think in particular of the flavor of cinnamon, soups and other soups, moments of relaxation in the bath, large woolen sweaters.

Yes the winter is harsh; sometimes our houses creak everywhere, the pipes freeze and the winds are so strong that they cause major breakdowns. But, despite all these inconveniences, if we open our eyes, there is magic. The one that gives us moments of contemplation in front of the falling snow, in front of the frost on the windows, in front of the candlelight and the comfort of the home. In short, this season gives us all the right excuses to slow down the pace, whether through a reading cure or long mornings glued under the covers.

What if we tried to cultivate joy? We were looking for it, we were creating it. I bet we'd find her, she's never far away ;)

Are you game?

And precisely… in the “little pleasures” category, here is my favorite hot chocolate recipe. Try this I promise you a moment of happiness and a taste of velvet ;)


This is a classic homemade hot chocolate, very simple, yet incredibly delicious and satisfying!

For 4 servings (It's sure that everyone will want it!)


3 cups (750 ml) non- dairy milk or milk of your choice
1 cup (250 ml) 35% cream
1/4 cup (60ml) sugar
1/4 cup (60ml) cocoa
A pinch of salt
1 C. 1/2 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract


In a saucepan, bring 2 1/2 cups (625 ml) of milk and 3/4 cup (180 ml) of 35% cream to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa and salt. Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold milk and vanilla extract to form a smooth batter.

Reduce heat to medium-low and gradually whisk in cocoa mixture to hot milk; mix well. Heat about 2 min. or until chocolate is steaming.

In a small chilled bowl, using a whisk or an electric mixer, whip the remaining cream to thicken.

Pour the hot chocolate with a ladle into 4 warmed mugs. Spoon the whipped cream into each cup and swirl the cream in while stirring the spoon. Serve immediately.


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