The Creative aspect deals with all types of imaginative explorations that are waiting for you to play with. Have you always wanted to describe yourself as “creative”?
A film can help popularize a book or restaurant to the general public. They unknowingly advertise the wonders of an unknown place to their viewers who may live thousands of miles away. But some spots have their own local lore, especially in New York City where news travels fast.
On the hottest of days when we did not want to leave the house, my son and I used make the trek to Serendipity 3 in Manhattan. The heat rose from the pavement and sidewalk, but the promise of delectable, cold desserts beckoned to us. It was a great adventure into another era, into a different space away from the hustle bustle of the city. The café was a treat to all the senses because you were surrounded by old-fashioned charm in everything from the décor to the table settings. It was a magical, enchanted space. Sitting in the cool cavern of Serendipity 3, I would look at my son with his towering serving of frozen hot chocolate and think this is part of enjoying life, to let yourself slowly take in one bite at a time only because you don’t want brain freeze.
Enjoyment and relishing pleasure can extend into many areas of our lives. Letting yourself play in the kitchen and try out different recipes with your family and friends. This simple act can become an exploration of your creativity that everyone can enjoy. Sharing what you created is just another way of playing teatime but as adults. As the temperatures warm up, discover new recipes for fun frozen treats.
Be sure to include dark cocoa in your frozen desserts. The beautiful thing about cocoa is that they keep finding more and more health benefits for it. Dark chocolate is like the kale of the roasted bean family. I heard this one doctor extolling the health benefits of kale and saying, “Is there anything kale can’t do?” Well, the more I read, I feel like the same praise can be said of dark cocoa.
Dark cocoa has been known to lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart attack and increase feel good chemicals in your body while helping reduce PMS symptoms.
The newest development in the benefits of chocolate was related to the conversion of cocoa. In an NPR article, Michaeleen Doucleff wrote, “The friendly bacteria in our guts can gobble up cocoa powder and turn it into compounds known to help the heart, food scientists from Louisiana State University reported Tuesday at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas.
The critters also convert the cocoa powder into molecules that reduce inflammation and help tell us when we’re full.”
“These are good compounds to have in your gut,” says John Finley, who led the study. “They can get absorbed into your blood” and protect cells in your blood vessels from stress, he says.
To pass along the many perks of cocoa, this recipe post is from one of our favorite family-owned gourmet sites called Premo Island Gourmet based out of Hawaii. Please check them out and support their passion for high quality, amazing food.
Inspired by our last New York trip, frozen hot chocolate is a popular treat, thanks to the 2001 film, “Serendipity.” We figured out how to make it, with fewer ingredients, and by supporting one of our upcoming vendors! We hope you enjoy, please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!
Featured Product: Extra Dark Venezuelan Sipping Chocolate by Mutari Chocolate
Yields: One 8oz drink.
* 1 cup of milk, I used 2%.
* 2 tbsp of Mutari Cocoa
* pinch of salt
* 2 1/2 tsp sugar
Combine ingredients and heat the mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Then heat it for another 30 seconds. Let cool. Pour into a container and freeze. Once frozen, pop the mixture into a blender and blend.
**Note: No need to add ice, it will water the drink down.
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