I make pancakes every Sunday morning, sometimes even on Saturday. It’s my reward after a week of routine, hurried breakfasts and bleak winter days. It’s my sweet escape. Some people hike, some people make love or vacuum-clean listening to Beethoven. I make pancakes.
That Sunday morning I woke up in a no-pancake-mood. Well. it happens even to the best of us. I made a nest on my wide windowsill and sat there, quiet and motionless, dreaming of an adventure. Any adventure of any kind will perfectly do for a wintery no-pancakes Sunday morning.
Why not go to the sea?
I love living by the water. I love the sea when it’s cold and grim and abandoned. I love when it’s lonely and endless and covered with snow. The truth is, there is no better place for a picnic than the seashore under the snow! (Can you believe you just saw the words snow and picnic in one sentence?) Then I’ll say it again: there is no better place for a winter picnic than a snow-covered seashore on the condition if you have the right fairy picnic stuff,
Let’ say, Fairy Hot Chocolate
Why Fairy? Because of a special Fairy spice mix I add to my chocolate.
Let’s make the mix (I’m talking recipe now!). Combine a pinch of sea salt, a pinch of ground cinnamon, and a pinch of ground ginger. Your mix is just about done, now sprinkle it with a tiny bit cayenne pepper to add a touch of the fireplace warmth. You can mix up a large batch of this blend (adjust the quantities accordingly) and keep it for every Fairy-Hot-Chocolate-cup-occasion. It won’t be long until the next one, I promise!
Now warm a cup of an almond milk, whisk in 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 tbsp. cane sugar, two drops of pure natural vanilla extract, and your Fairy spice mix.
Pour your chocolate into a thermos and sip on as you feel the cold pinching your cheeks and steal under your coat.
Lucky me, on that pancake-less Sunday morning I got my winter adventure. I was treading the Baltic seashore, watching the wind dance around me and fool with my hair, blinking at the crashing waves. You know, if you’ve never been to this cold and lonely shore you’d have no idea of that beautiful sound the waves make in winter.