My heart is breaking again today with the loss of another dear friend. I wish I could convey how much she meant to me, but the words for such greatness escape me.
I will always appreciate Vinita for being one of my first friends in a new place, for taking me in as if I were family, and for making Seattle feel more like home. I know I’m not alone when I say I wish we’d had more time. The world is a sadder place without her, but I take comfort in the hope that I will see her again. Perhaps one day I will be brave enough to write about the good memories, how much she made everyone around her feel comfortable, about the happiness that was always a part of her presence, but today I can’t do anything else but miss her. For all of her family and friends, I know the loss is hard to bear, but it’s great to know that we are there to support and comfort each other.
The post and recipe below were written by my sister. I was going to post this in a couple of weeks, but I wasn’t up for writing anything new myself, and so I’m posting it now. Perhaps it will provide warmth and comfort to someone.
Divas and Chocolate Thunders
So, when the snow has decided that it’s going to come down on you with a vengeance and trapping you inside, what’s better than wrapping yourself up in a nice warm blanket with a good book or movie and a nice cup of hot cocoa? (Well, maybe some alcohol, but we are not going there today.)
I have always loved the wonderful aroma and flavor of Haitian hot chocolate. I remember family vacations with friends, and waking up to that smell. Now, I’m not a morning person, but you did not want to be last in line for that cup of deliciousness. Oh, and no one could make it better than my friend, but I have attempted to replicate the flavor. Your senses will thank you for the enlightenment.

Haitian Hot Chocolate

3 tablespoons dark chocolate morsels
1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups water
6 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick

1. In a small pot, melt the chocolate over medium-low heat
2. Stir in all the other ingredients until well mixed.
3. Allow the mixture to warm (about 5-10 minutes) and serve hot.