I got up early to continue on the perpetual edit of the new update of the new version of The Chocolate Therapist. In addition to all the research updates, this version has two completely newsections--how to pair chocolate & wine (w/over 42 wines w/3 chocolate pairings each) and a hilarious section called "Where Do You Hide Your Chocolate." I figured out how to read while walking on the treadmill, which serves two purposes--keeps me awake at 5:30 am while reading and keeps the pounds off as well. I used to run and read back when I had under-40 eyesight, but those days are long since gone and I like walking better anyway, so perhaps it's a win/win.
Even after reading the chocolate-hiding chapter a dozen or more times I still laugh all the way through it. I'm amazed at what extent people go to hide their chocolate.
Made gluten-free chocolate chip oatmeal cookies w/Britt after she finally woke up. I guess teenagers make up for a week of lost sleep on weekends...still love her though, especially since she helps me research chocolate. Really, someone has to do it. After cookies, went to World Market to get the last of the chocolate for the upcoming cruise. I wanted something from Ecuador for the International Pairing class, but World Market is focusing in on their own brand now and have discontinued most of their cool international brands. Ended up w/Chuao from Venezuala....the only single origin in the store. In the name of research, I also purchased a Caffarel milk bar (from Italy). Heavy on the cocoa butter, light on sugar, totally smooth...definitely try it before the last of the bars are sold out (50% off since they're being discontinued).
Called the shop...we're out of milk chocolate so we can't enrobe the toffee. Disaster averted though because there's about 722 other things that can be made with dark chocolate. I spent most of my waking hours there this week, so enjoying a little behind-the-computer time today (Saturday). Ciao...off to write.