Acrostic, Chocolate, Treat

Bitter

Salford 8th May 2017

An acrostic by Brian f Kirkham in response to the prompt Bitter

Biting into an unsweetened cocoa bean

Is an experience left best to the professional

Tasting it – is hard to describe

The flavour is there – but there’s no sweetness to it

Even the growers prefer it roasted and served in a cup with sugar

Rounded flavour – No – wait till they’ve gone to the chocolate factory

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Chocolate, Christmas, Seasons, Treats

Preparation

DECEMBER – IT’S HERE BOYS AND GIRLS!

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I kind of had a guess things would be moving on Sunday…

the first candle on the Advent wreath….lit

lights dangling like icicles off the Lowry shopping mall ceiling

festive drinks on sale both inside and outside the mall,

at least one Christmas tree at each venue I passed

smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves floating in the air

as people lined up for a cup of mulled wine or festive hot cocoa

the cold snaps come quick – you could break bits off it

like candy floss – cinder toffee – air mints

and all the while – bright lights colour the night sky

but it was all confirmed this afternoon

in a flickering of festive lights….

Dad’s put up the Christmas Tree.

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BASIC, Chocolate, Dreams, Drink, Food, Home, Life, Memories, Pleasures, Treat, Winter

Taking a biscuit for a paddle

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When the weather is particularly choppy,  I like to sit down in a nice comfy chair and enjoy a biscuit with a cup of hot chocolate.  It reminds me a little of my youth, when I used to enjoy a cup with my little sister before bedtime.  We still share the same enjoyment of the tasty warm cocoa drink, but now we share it with family and friends,  in particular … my two nephews who like it as a treat just before their nanna and granddad tuck them into bed when they are visiting

The hot chocolate shop has many different flavours to go at.  In the beginning, I’d go for the standard, no messing about, hot chocolate..70% Cocoa – Deep Chocolate Flavour.  It would last me for two to three months, due to the size of the tin it was in.  But since then, I’ve been introduced to a smorgasbord of chocolate flavours, everything from cherry to Rocky road (it’s got marshmallows in it) and orange to mint…most recently the creme brulee has had an outing…and I’ve really enjoyed it’s flavours of vanilla and caramel…when the nephews are coming round they like this too…but they also like the minted chocolate…that’s their favourite

Of course I sometimes enjoy a biscuit with my cocoa.  So if I’m in the mood i will get a bag of cookies from the local supermarket…just as good as the ones you get from the coffee establishments…but cheap as chips if you happen to be passing the bakery section at just the right moment….at the moment I like the coconut based cookies…really soft and squishy…but lovely in a cup of orangey chocolate.

When I’m out with friends we often hit a particular well known cafe,  the flavours might be limited but the number of flavoured syrups you can add more than makes up for it…it’s the place where I was introduced to minted hot chocolate, and I suppose you could say I got my love of the dark brown liquid gold.

Well, that’s enough from me,  I’m going to get an early night , Taking a leaf from my Memory Workshop class which awaits in tomorrow afternoon…but before I do,

I’m going to take a biscuit for a paddle…

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Childhood, Chocolate, Food

Going cold turkey for Lent

In response to the prompt

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/craving/

It’s hard giving up something you love,

even more when its everywhere in plain sight

but – you made the conscious decision

of giving up chocolate for Lent….

problem is – It’s EVERYWHERE!

Chocolate bars on the counter

Chocolate eggs on the supermarket shelf

So for thirty days – your chocolate cell acts like a demented toddler

“I Wanna bar of Chocolate!!!!” it screams

The arrival of the Easter Bunny can’t come soon enough.

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Childhood, Chocolate, Cooking, Food, Life, Memories, Treats

Watching the oven

In response to the prompt

Pour Some Sugar on Me

I remember,

sitting by the oven door

watching the blue flames slowly

cook the fabulous fancies

in their individual tins

Flour, Butter and Sugar combining –

as the smell of desiccated coconut and chocolate

wondering in wisps up the nose

and slowly, the gloopy mix began to rise

and began to solidify

a tea time treat – for after

the shepherds pie and beans.

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