This comforting, nostalgic recipe takes me back to childhood holidays in France, where I remember so clearly being served piping hot Chocolate de Menthe in earthenware mugs shaped like oversized teacups.
There are other meals that bring back memories of holidays and backpacking adventures that I've enjoyed over the years as an adult. My husband and I used to save up our work holiday allowance and take a month long sabbatical each year. There were two amazing long trips through India, where we went searching for tigers and feasted on curry and chapati. In Italy we toured across most of the country including Umbria, Tuscany and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, enjoying lasagne and ravioli. A fast motor along the autoroute through Belgium on the way to the Netherlands, where we just had to eat their famous moules frites. More driving adventures through France had us stopping for comforting soup a l'oignion and crispy apple galettes. A memorable month exploring Thailand meant we were able to sample spicy fish cakes and lemongrass fried rice, freshly made on roadside stalls.
Closer to home, I've enjoyed many takeouts of stir-fried beef and broccoli, and orange chicken - recipes originating from China. Queso dip and Batida de Lechosa from our local Mexican restaurant. Middle Eastern Baba Ganoush (one of my favourite pre-AIP meals) and Tagine Meatballs from the Edgware Road in Central London. Eastern European Latkes and Kissel at dinners hosted by friends and relations. And of course there's been good old fish and chips, a UK classic that my parents would let my brother and I have only once in a blue moon.
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No need to miss out on the real thing, this rich and decadent hot choc alternative is a warming treat on a cool evening or a night beside the camp fire. I love it with peppermint, but you could just as easily ring the changes with orange or lemon oil. Or leave it out entirely. Your choice of course - it's good all ways!
1 drop food grade peppermint oil