Winter Here And Now

Are we halfway through winter yet? It’s always hard to say really, the upcoming months of February and March, can in fact, be brutal. The real snowfall here in Maine will often come at the end of this cold winter season, nudging itself into spring. This we know. Today, however, it is warmer. The wood stoves are less hungry at the moment, the chicken’s water may just remain unfrozen for the day, and our pups are not prancing back to the warmth of the house with icy feet. Today is a good day to put together a seed list. It’s a good day to burrow through the winter squash that is stored in the root cellar and cull out any soft ones. I think it’s a good day to make chocolate pudding as well. Agree? There is one recipe I always use for chocolate pudding, a pudding that is so dark and rich and silky smooth that once you put it in your mouth, you may regret swallowing and instead choose to let it linger on your tongue. Decadent, for sure.
How’s it going for you this winter? Are you faring well? I do hope so. Well, so long for now, I must go and raid the pantry for chocolate and get to that puddin’ making!
Here’s the recipe…

Favorite Chocolate Pudding

1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 TBLS. granulated sugar
1/4 cup (high quality) unsweetened cocoa powder
2 TBLS. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups whole milk
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped ( again, high quality)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir together brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt with a fork in a heavy bottom saucepan, until sugars are broken up and the mixture is well blended. Add 1 cup milk and the chocolate and heat over medium heat, whisking, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Whisk in the remaining 1 cup milk and cook, whisking frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes, until large bubbles pop on the surface and pudding is thick and smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla, then immediately transfer to a large bowl or 4 serving bowls.

27 comments on “Winter Here And Now

    • Miss you too and hopefully we’ll see you and Jenny and your mom this spring, always a pleasure to visit with you. Chickens are truly the best, we love watching them cruise around the property and are very thankful for the delicious eggs!

  1. D > Your winter seems to be delightful : even the hens (judging from their red combs) are delighted to be out in the snow! Our winter had been mild and wet : only two mornings with light frost. But with the first daffodil flowers beginning to open, it’s difficult to believe we’re only just past the half way mark!

    • On a sunny day the chickens do love ‘stepping out’ to meander around the property. I’m sure they think all the path shoveling we do is for their benefit! Yes, about half way through and a stretch out before us until we see any signs of green growth!

  2. Last week it looked and felt like spring was just around the corner but this week we had a snow storm 12” or more and all week its barely been 32* . I crave hot chocolate and Irish coffee all the time and my figure shows it . Boy you hit your 50s and can’t eat anything…. Your post made me think of the children’s book you told me about many many sweet years ago called ” Thunder cake ” Remember ?

    • Loved that book ‘Thundercake’ and still have it, I’m saving it for Violet! Another of my favorites of same author is ‘Chicken Sunday’. Oh, I miss those days of reading to my kiddos and Violet not close enough to indulge ( me as well as her!). Soon, I hope!

    • Dogs don’t bother chickens at all. They grew up with having them around the farm/nursery and would have gotten scolded if they ever thought of ‘taking chase’. Just the opposite in fact, they see them as part of what they are expected to protect. Do you have chickens?

  3. Right this moment, I am heartily sick of winter and its tricks! We got lots of snow last weekend and then it was 40 degrees yesterday and poured rain. Now, the temps have dropped again and there’s ice everywhere–treacherous! But chocolate pudding like yours might make everything okay again . . .

    • Hello Paula. Happy winter to you! The mending class was fun…and informative, it feels like like the old craft of mending is on the rise and that’s a good thing. Loved the article and thank you so much for sending it! I’ll pass it on to my young friend Maya as well. I am looking forward to the gardening season as well, but will let winter continue to unfold as it will and be glad for the reprieve it brings.
      Best to you, Paula

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