Friday, September 23, 2011

A cup of hot chocolate

The weather (currently 27°C) doesn't warrant it, but we started the day with some hot chocolate. Not just the dump the contents of the bag in a cup and hot water type, but the type when I put a 5 liter pot on the stove, with milk, bring it to a boil, and then add sugar and cocoa powder, and in this case, some home made oragne flavouring. We made them from the oranges we grow in the garden.

The kids came one by one, with their various cups, mugs and thermo glasses for a cup of hot chocolate. At that point I realized that there were no two cups on the table as I was distributing our lovely orange hot chocolate. Like.... there are enough of us to warrant several sets of cups, but pretty much all of them are single cups leftover from long gone sets, or individual mugs bought here or there. 

So now I have a new quest: buying 20 matching mugs. Not necessarily the same, but matching. Like the matrioshka mugs that come in several colours at the Russian artisan market, or the polkadot one (that actually belongs to a guest, who has been using our couch quite a bit), that probably comes in more than one colour. 

Why 20? There are rarely less than 20 people in my house: kids, teens, friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers and so and so often congregate in our kitchen or living room. We make tea, coffee and hot chocolate in industrial quantities, and it's something that has become a family ritual. 


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