Friday, February 1, 2013

Peruvian Recipe

On page 122 of my first book, Tombs of Terror, Jonathon is given a drink by his captors...

"Grey steam curled and floated up from the mug in Severino's hands, swirling in front of his face. "I brought you something to drink." Severino took a deep swallow of the steaming liquid before passing the mug to Jonathon's tied hands. His actions were deliberate--the drink had not been poisoned.
Despite the ropes binding his wrists, Jonathon managed to cup his hands around the heated mug. The warmth of its sides felt good. In the chilled storeroom, his entire body shook with cold. Peering down at the thick drink, he felt the warm steam encircle his face. The scent of chocolate and oatmeal drifted up into his senses, and Jonathon's stomach growled."

So what is that thick, warm chocolatey drink he had? It is kwahker and it is simple to make and perfect for sipping on a cold winter day. Here's the recipe.

1/2 c. oatmeal
3 c. milk*
cocoa powder and sugar to taste

*(I combine 2 c. of milk, 1/2 c. water and one 12 oz. can of evaporated milk but you can use straight milk if you prefer)

In a pot combine all the ingredients, including the cocoa powder and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring often until the drink thickens...about 20 minutes. Serve with a cinnamon stick for stirring, if desired.

Some people will like the oatmeal in the drink. Others will not. If you don't like the oatmeal but still want the thick chocolate drink, simple pour it through a strainer and into your mug.

When I make presentations about my books, I often share this drink with the audience. They enjoy tasting something they only read about.

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