Creamy Hot Cocoa, Yummy Warm

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This is the season when it gets very cold and at this time of the year there is nothing better to warm up your insides like a hot drink.

Try the Creamy Hot Cocoa on a chilly night to heat things up!

To make the creamy hot cocoa you will need 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ¾ cup white sugar, 1 pinch salt, 1/3 cup boiling hot water, 3 ½ cups milk, ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup half-and-half cream.

To prepare, first combine the cocoa, sugar, and a pinch of salt, in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water and bring this mixture to a boil continuing to stir as it boils. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes and make sure that it doesn’t scorch.

Add the 3 ½ cups of milk and heat until it is very hot but do not boil.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Divide into several mugs and add the cream to each mug of cocoa to allow to cool to drinking temperature.

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Peanut noodles, meatless option

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Peanut noodles (read here other news about noodles) are an easy option to prepare for those who don’t eat meat or just and want a change from the regular pasta with chickenbeef, or shrimp.

The recipe requires 8 ounces ofspaghetti , 1 bunchgreen onions, with the white parts only sliced, 2 tablespoonssesame oil , 1 teaspoonminced fresh ginger root ,1/3 cuppeanut butter,1/4 cupsoy sauce, 1/4 cuphot water, 1 tablespooncider vinegar, 1 teaspoonwhite sugar, and 1/4 teaspooncrushed red pepper flakes.

To prepare, first cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until done. Add a few drops of oil to the water to prevent pasta sticking while cooking. Drain when cooked.

Heat oil in a skillet and add onions, cooking until tender. Add ginger and cook for a few minutes. Next mix in the peanut butter, soy sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Remove from the flame. Add the noodles to the peanut sauce and toss. Serve.

It is also possible to add other vegetables to this recipe. Some vegetable options include broccoli,shredded cabbageshredded carrotscucumberred peppersbean sproutskalebaby corn, and fried tofu cubes.

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Spanish Flan, sweet dessert

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The flan, also known as crème caramel or caramel custard in some countries, is a tasty simple sweet dessert that may be served at fancy dinner parties as part of a variety for guests.

It differs from plain custard because of its sugary base which becomes its topping when inverted.

The recipe calls for 1 cup white sugar, 3 eggs, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 can evaporated milk, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.

Ahead of preparation preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

Then in a medium saucepan over a medium low flame, melt sugar until it turns into liquid and golden in colour. Slowly and carefully pour the hot sugary syrup into a 9 inch round glass baking dish making sure to turn the dish to ensure that the sides and bottom are evenly coated. Place aside.

In a large bowl, beat eggs; then beat in the condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth. Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes. When finished allow to cool completely.

After the flan has been completely cooled and you are ready to serve, carefully invert the flan on a serving plate with edges.

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Taste the strawberry daquiri

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If a cool refreshing beverage is what you’re looking for then the Strawberry Daquiri may just be it. With or without alcohol, the strawberry daiquiri is a tasty treat that requires only a few ingredients and is easy to prepare.

The following recipe makes eight servings and is good to serve as light refreshment when entertaining.

It needs six cups of ice, ½ cup of white sugar, four ounces of frozen strawberries, 1/8 cup of lime juice, ½ cup of lemon juice, ¾ cups of white rum, and ¼ cup of lemon-lime flavoured carbonated beverage.

Combine the ice, sugar, and strawberries in a blender or shaker. Add the lime juice, lemon juice, rum, and lemon-lime carbonated beverage and blend until mixture is smooth.

This daiquiri can be made with a number of variations. Fresh strawberries can be substituted with strawberry-flavoured syrup. You can also make the mixture without rum for a virgin daiquiri.

The daiquiri can also be blended with a pina colada to make a Lava Flow.

To add the pina colada use 3 ounces of coconut cream, 6 ounces of pineapple juice, and 1½ ounces of white rum; blender or shaker with crushed ice. Blend or shake very well until smooth.

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