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Drink to forget

The two old ladies

Two very pretty old ladies
Mariana and Marina,
are sitting on the balcony:
Marina and Mariana.

They wear gowns of ribbons,
Mariana and Marina,
and braided hairstyles:
Marina and Mariana.

Drink chocolate, old ladies,
Mariana and Marina,
in porcelain cups:
Marina and Mariana.

One says: “What a beautiful evening,
isn’t it Marina? ”
The other says: “Just as the waves dance,
Mariana isn’t it? ”

“Yesterday I was little,”
Marina says.
Yesterday, we were children, ”
says Mariana.

And take to mouth the little cups,
Mariana and Marina,
the cups of porcelain:
Marina and Mariana.

Drink chocolate, old ladies,
Mariana and Marina,
in porcelain cups:
Marina and Mariana.

Cecilia Meireles

Viennese hot chocolate

For 4 people:

125 g chocolate 70%
500 ml mineral water
50 g powdered sugar
25 g cocoa powder

150 ml cream with about 35% fat
10 g powdered sugar
Cocoa for dusting

Chop the chocolate and put in a bowl.
Boil water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to light boil.
Add cocoa powder and bring to boil again, beating vigorously.
Pour over the chocolate slowly, stirring to mix and beat again.

Beat the cold cream, mixing the sugar, until firm.
Pour the chocolate into cups, put the cream on top and sprinkle with cocoa.
Serve immediately.

Source: Pierre Hermé

smells awaken us



The smell is a strange sight. It evokes sentimental landscapes by a sudden draw of the subconscious. I have experienced this many times. Step on a street. I see nothing, or rather, looking at everything, see how everybody sees. I know I’ll down a street and not know it exists and shapes with sides of different houses and built by us human. Step on a street. A bakery leaves a smell of sweet bread that nauseate the smell of him, and my childhood stands in a certain neighborhood apart, and another bakery that just emerges fairyland that is all that if we died. Step on a street. Smell the fruit suddenly tilted the board close the store, and my brief life in the countryside not already know when or where trees have to end and peace in my heart, arguably boy .(…)

Fernando Pessoa


Brioche

230 g of wheat flour for bread
12 g fresh yeast
2 eggs
50 ml of milk (tepid)
25 g sugar
1 teaspoon salt
140g butter, softened

1 egg yolk diluted in a little water for brushing

Dissolve yeast in milk.
In bowl of electric mixer, mix the flour with yeast, eggs, sugar and salt.
With the hook attachment, knead until it forms a homogeneous mixture.
Add the butter gradually, while beating, until completely incorporated into the batter.
Beat at medium speed for about 15 minutes or until dough is released from the walls of the cup.
Grease a pan with butter and line with cling film or greaseproof paper.
Pour the batter into the pan, cover with cling film and refrigerate for approximately 8 hours.
Grease a form of butter.
Remove dough from refrigerator and knead lightly on a lightly floured surface.
Cut the dough into 10 equal parts and form balls of dough, using as little flour as possible.
(Ir cooling the mass where it is necessary because it does not soften too can be shaped).
Place balls of dough into the pan, slightly spaced apart.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes and brush the dough with egg yolk.
Cover the form with a cloth or cling film and leave to ferment in a temperate place for about 1 hour-1 ½ hours or until the dough double in volume (careful not to let the fermentation time!).
Preheat oven to 200 º C.
Brush the dough again with egg yolk and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the buns have a golden color.
Remove from oven, cool slightly and unmold.
Serve with jam, cream cheese or butter.

Note: The buns can also be baked in individual ways.
If you want to freeze the pasta and cook the buns without earning color, remove from oven and pack conveniently. Reheat the buns in the oven until golden.
None fermented batter should freeze for more than two weeks because it affects the texture and flavor.