Monday, January 08, 2007

Oh yeah, that's the stuff.

I can't sleep right now, but shortly that will be remedied, because I've made myself a steaming cup of my Auntie Marcia's Warm Elixir and have been sipping at it blissfully for the past few minutes.

Auntie Marcia (who is a lovely and talented person, and a rather snazzy jewelry-maker if I do say so myself) made her Warm Elixir for me many moons ago. It's a lovely alternative to hot chocolate and worlds better than simple warm milk as a sleep inducer. There isn't really a recipe as much as a procedure. Here's what I did:

In a small saucepan, I sprinkled some good aromatic cinnamon and threw in three or four green cardamom pods (cardamom powder would've worked fine as well). I let them heat up, dry, on the stove for a bit, just to get the aroma going, then tossed in maybe a quarter-cup of evaporated milk and whisked it around. Then I added some regular milk -- about 1 1/2 cups, I'd guess, but I just eyeballed it -- and enough sugar to taste. Let that heat, stirring with a whisk until it got frothy and the mixture expanded a bit. Once it seemed well incorporated and hot enough, I took it off the heat and added a splash of vanilla extract and a splash of almond extract. And since I like my elixir warm and not scalding, I cut the heat some by adding a bit more cold milk. Into a cup it went, then into the Soozcat.

Oh, it is good.


tlawwife said...

I may have to try that for the husband who can never sleep. I wonder if they sell cardamon in this town???

Soozcat said...

If they don't, let me know and I'll send you some.

Cardamom is good for a number of things and is especially delicious in sweet breads. The Swedes use it a lot in their baking.

mo said...

I just saw your comment on my blog and I am so horrified that thank yous did not get sent your way for the secret faerie swap!! I apologize a million times over especially since it really was so so lovely and I was even marveling that it came from a fellow oregonian. In fact I just packed it away for next year. The camera broke early in December and was only recently replaced, (which was sad at the holidays I have to say!)so thank you a million times over for being an extra good faerie!

Soozcat said...

Oh, Mo, it is really OK! I was just concerned that it had gone astray, as packages sometimes do. I'm just glad it got there OK and even more pleased that you enjoyed it.

JessnBekahsmom said...

That sounds like yum. Will have to give it a try. And I have all the ingredients!