Chocolate in Ispar was a magical thing: It was reputed to heal,
boost mana, or restore stamina, depending on method of preparation.
Almost an alchemical agent in its own right - as seen in its resistance
to alchemical influence - it is nonetheless edible and quite pleasant.
This won chocolate everything from accolades to alchemists' treatises.
Alas that it is not native to Dereth, but it appears the problem
is now remedied.....
CHOCOLATE IN DERETH
Some Isparian seeds, planted years ago, have apparently at last
produced mature trees. Some monsters collect the beans and carry
them around protectively, apparently finding them tastier once fermented.
(Fermented beans are brown in color.) Alas, it seems too many people
have lost their old heirloom chocolate recipes, a tragic loss with
this fine ingredient at last available. Soon, I hope to fill these
pages with the potent recipes that bring out the power of chocolate!
HOW TO PREPARE CHOCOLATE
To prepare the precious fermented cacao beans, roast them in a baking
pan. Next, use a heavy grinder on them to produce chocolate liquor,
vital for making chocolate ice cream. A metal press applied to the
chocolate liquor yields cocoa powder, which is a vital ingredient
for classics such as mocha and chocolate cake. Applying chocolate
liquor to cocoa powder produces a rich cocoa mixture for making
KHALLAYNE'S CHOCOLATE MILK
Khallayne of Thistledown, with help from Raynie, provided this simple
but tasty drink called chocolate milk. Cocoa powder added to milk
produces a dark, rather bitter milk that most people do not enjoy.
Mixing this bitter milk with honey, however, brings out the fine
flavor of the cocoa while providing a reassuring sweetness.
RHIANNON'S CHOCOLATE CAKE
Rhiannon Morgana of Frostfell, with contributions from Touryan Kurigsun,
supplied this simple recipe for a wonderful variation of old fashioned
cake. Chocolate cake is made by mixing cake batter with cocoa powder,
and then baking the result in a baking pan. A moist, rich, dark
brown cake is the result.
BETTY CROCKER'S CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM
Chocolate Ice Cream, a delicious treat created by Betty Crocker
of Leafcull (with help from famed Cragstone Farms Catering), is
simple to make once one has mastered the art of making ice cream.
The key is to add chocolate liquor to the finished ice cream, and
the result perfectly combines the unique deep, rich flavor of chocolate
with the cold, melting sweetness of ice cream. So amazing is this
creation that it is said to heal the body!
CHEN KENICHI'S DARK CHOCOLATE BAR
Chen Kenichi of Frostfell, with the group known as Vitae Rising,
gave us this recipe. Adding chocolate liquor to cocoa powder produces
a thick cocoa mixture. This mixture, mixed with honey and properly
tempered, produces a bar of crisp dark chocolate. It is pure culinary
enjoyment, belying its popular name of "Vitae Bar." "Wi loves it!"
HO CHUN'S MILK CHOCOLATE BAR
Ho Chun of Frostfell, with help from Theran Bakagin, provided this
refreshing variation of a plain dark chocolate bar. Take the same
cocoa mixture as above, and mix with milk before adding the honey.
The result is a mellow, gentler confection!
AIYAAN SHIEFU'S MOCHA
Mocha, in this recipe provided by Aiyaan Shiefu of Leafcull (with
help from the Silver Citadel), starts off as a mixture of cocoa
powder added to coffee. This produces a mocha base that really requires
milk to be complete. The resulting drink combines the refreshing
flavors of coffee and chocolate and the sweet depth of milk.
ATSUSHI'S RICH MOCHA
Atsushi of Morningthaw, with assistance from Deckape, discovered
that a final addition of cinnamon complements the coffee and chocolate
flavors, producing a superior, rich mocha drink.
YAKAMURA SHINJI'S ICED MOCHA
Yakamura Shinji of Frostfell gave us this recipe for a variation
of mocha that provides an entirely different effect than most beverages.
Iced mocha requires one to first grind some food-quality ice to
produce crushed ice. Crushed ice, applied to mocha, cools it down,
and the result is one that mages in particular enjoy.
ELANWEN'S RICH ICED MOCHA
Elanwen of Harvestgain, with help from Jenna, tried the same trick
with rich mocha, and the result, as one would expect, is even better
than with plain mocha. In many people's opinion, no other drink
is as refreshing to the mind and spirit as a rich iced mocha!