My Apartment...the Land of Milk and Honey

I have a confession to make: I don't like tea. I'm Mormon, so the only tea we drink is the herbal kind (or those that exclude "green" tea). Every time I'm offered herbal tea, I usually accept it thinking "well, maybe this time it will be good." It never really is, though, no matter how much I want to enjoy it. So on a cold day in New York, like the one yesterday, I usually make a nice cup of hot chocolate. I LOVE hot chocolate, people - and none of that Swissmiss in a pack stuff for me. I mix cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, etc. But this post isn't about hot tea or chocolate it's about a new kind of drink - and one that I like to think I made up just last night.

Yesterday was the Day of Lovers, or Valentine's Day as most of you know. I had to work the late shift last night and didn't get home until 1:30 in the morning. I basically walked home in 9 degree weather and by the time I made the treck up to the sixth floor of my apartment, I was pretty tired. I needed something warm to drink because the temperature of my body was dropping fast. I didn't want to make hot chocolate because I didn't want to consume a lot of sugar and chocolate before I went to bed and also I was simply exhausted. I decided I needed to figure out something.

"What could I do with hot water?" I thought.

"Nothing," I answered.

I remembered I had a little milk left and decided maybe warming it up in the microwave might be nice. I've never done that and was a little worried that it might not have a satisfying flavor. Then I thought what would be a good combination with milk? HONEY! I could just quickly add a little natural sweetener. Besides, when the Bible referances milk, honey is ALWAYS around. There's got to be something to this combination - and not just in the symbolic sense.

So that's what I did. I heated one cup of milk in the microwave 'til it was frothy then stirred in honey 'til I liked the taste. It satisfied my body temperature and my taste buds - way better than tea would have and way faster than hot chocolate does. Afterwards, I decided adding a small amount of cinnamon would be a nice variation on this new drink. It reminds me a little of rice pudding minus the rice.

I'm sure someone somewhere else has already thought of it, but I would just like to share it with you so that you too can jump on the milk and honey bandwagon. Milk and honey, it's the new tea.

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Blogger Side of Jeffrey said...

Milk and honey...the new cow and bee based tea. Sounds good. I drank this alot in Argentina and it was good. Maybe I should start here in America too?

February 16, 2007 9:43 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Mmm...sounds good.

You know, I've always been a little hesitant to warm milk. I don't get how it's okay to drink it if it's been warmed in the microwave or on the stove, but it's so NOT okay to drink it if it's been sitting in a warm car or sitting on the kitchen counter for a few hours and is room temperature. Any ideas?

February 16, 2007 8:35 PM  
Blogger Leezy Lindsey said...

It's funny you should write this. Just this last Thursday, I purchased a milk steamer. I have always loved steamed milk. I prefer to add the aritificial vanilla or hazzlenut flavoring but I will try the honey.

February 18, 2007 10:02 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Hey. Heard about the eventful night last night.

Keith has pictures. (Not that you didn't see it for yourself and whatnot.)


March 02, 2007 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MMMMM, you had milk and honey as a child with me, MOM! Yep, cant remember my password so have to sign in annon. HHHHHaaaaaa You thought you made a new drink! hahah MOM

March 11, 2007 10:40 PM  

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