Preparation time: 5-10 minutes Servings: 1-2
On cold winter nights or rainy autumn days there is nothing better than to indulge in a delicious hot chocolate. But few people know that this drink originated much earlier than coffee or tea.
And indeed, the term “chocolate” in different eras had
different values. In times of pre-Columbian America it was a cold bitter drink with chilli and vanilla. Europeans changed the original recipe chocolates, sweeten it, removed the pepper, and began to drink it hot. So if you see a recipe of hot chocolate, where the claim that real hot chocolate is a must cook chocolate, do not believe. Cocoa butter from the bean learned to pressing only in the 19th century, then invented solid chocolate to which we are so accustomed today.
Homemade hot chocolate
English aristocrats drank hot chocolate in a special chocolate houses. How nice that nowadays, Continue reading
Fireweed (epilobium) is a unique plant with many beneficial properties and is used for many different purposes. It is a perennial plant with a thick creeping rhizome, erect stem, reaching up to 180 cm in height, and dense inflorescence in the form of a brush. Fireweed blooms in mid-summer and the
fruits ripen from July. It is undemanding in terms of habitats, but demanding light conditions. So look for this medicinal plant should clearings, edges of fields, slopes of ravines or other well-lit areas.
Useful properties of fireweed
The fireweed leaves contain carotene, ascorbic acid, sugar, tannin pyrogallol groups, pectin, alkaloids, and other useful items. Research has proven that it has anti-inflammatory and enveloping properties, thus Continue reading
That chocolate appeared in the ancient culture of the Aztecs, who lived on the territory of modern Mexico, today known to all. The Aztecs cultivated the cacao trees, and
from their fruits, cooked amazing powder: drink made from this powder, gave them strength, vigor and energy. Especially enjoyed drinking this drink men, and from its name “chocolatl” is derived the modern word “chocolate”.
In the XVI century in Central America the Spanish conquerors came, and chocolate too much. They brought the fruits of cocoa in Europe, and has taught other Europeans prepare them not only tasty and fragrant drink, but also chocolate, reminiscent of the modern: from cocoa Continue reading