What self-respecting dessert fiend would be caught dead without chocolate?
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I’m riffling through my refrigerator drawer and growing more desperate by the second, my craving growing by leaps and jumps. I must, MUST have some chocolate in here, I think. It’s impossible that I don’t have any.
But I really don’t. I unearth a bag of dried cherry-peanut mix, a rather dubious-looking tub of gochujang (Korean chili paste), and a wedge of Parmesan cheese. But no chocolate. And then I remember that I demolished the last of my chocolate last week, a bar of Green & Black’s Cherry Dark Chocolate. With a 60% cocoa content, it tasted only mildly mysterious with a decidedly sophisticated fruity note. The large bits of dried cherry were especially pleasing to nibble on.
Though I love dessert, I don’t consider myself a chocoholic (I think). There are just too many other flavors I love, lemon in particular. I don’t carry chocolate on my person or in my purse but it’s become a habit for me to have chocolate at home. In fact, I have a fridge on the third floor devoted to all things sweet, the majority of which is chocolate. I once had a friend who peeked into this particular refrigerator and was so awed at its abundance that she commented, “Lori, it’s obscene to have that much chocolate in one house.”
Of course all this chocolate in all these forms – bars, chips, slabs, and wedges – are for easy eating, for making hot chocolate, and for when I bake. And I’m no chocolate snob, either. I love my Valrhona and Amedei as much as I love my Royce’ and Hershey’s. And I like to share them too with people who come over.
Why do I insist on keeping chocolate in my home at all times? Ever heard the quote, “Hand over the chocolate and nobody gets hurt?” That’s me. I eat according to my moods and my craving for chocolate – when it rears its head – is monstrous. It won’t be ignored, willpower is weak in its deathly grip, and really now, chocolate is seduction made edible. Plus, I’m a female and eating chocolate is in my DNA.
I’ve got to run out now and load up on chocolate. How irresponsible of me to have let my supplies slip.
Tell me, what’s one food you must ALWAYS have at home?