Hello sweet friends!
I set up an Autumn dinner table for four and at the end we will have hot chocolate, (not cocoa powder) with Pumpkin Cake for dessert. The chili evening sure made me want to go for the hot chocolate, it's been a while since we had it last...actually, I don't even remember when it was!
I used my everyday dishes that I love cause although they're a set in the pattern, the colors are different and came in four colors. I have eight place settings; but here I just used two colors, green and orange for Fall. The four mugs are a set too, as the dinner set didn't come with teacups and saucers.
For the hot chocolate the mugs are displayed in the four colors they come in, which I have only four, as I figured if I have eight people than I'm not serving anything in mugs, but in off white teacups and saucers I have for them.
Again, we will have Pumpkin Cream-Soup in the white bowls, Chicken Cutlets a la Paprika with some rice and a hot Ratatouille vegetable salad....and for dessert Pumpkin Cake and Hot Chocolate made out of the real pure chocolate tablets, as Ecuador produces one of the best chocolate in the world and it's sort after in Switzerland, Germany, France and other countries for their chocolates products for the market.
The recipe for the Hot Tablet Chocolate is at the end of this post for some of you who might want it. The recipe is Ecuadorian and from my Mil's recipe book.
"I will be going again for a long weekend with Alejandro this time, as we're invited to our friend's grandson's First Communion...you know, one of those great ones they make around here, lol! Hope I can catch some pics, if hubby let's me! See you next Tuesday! "
|The tablecloth I used is a hand made "Ikat-Material" made here in Ecuador, and I love the colors the Ikat has and I thought perfect for Autumn, with the greens, golds, oranges, a soft black, etc.|
|The dishes are my everyday ones I acquired a few months ago, but never showed you the mugs that came with them. I'm using them here for the hot chocolate and cake for dessert.|
|The napkin holders are silver Autumn leaves.|
|The cake pedestal is standing on vintage American made nesting tables that belonged to my Mil.|
|The centerpiece is done in a galvanized flower vase and I placed it inside a wooden bowl with some gourds and pine cones and of course, with burnt-orange and purple mums.|
|I love this combination of colors for a November Autumn centerpiece.|
|Cute gourd with warts at left..so funny, lol..|
|My dear Bil and Sil sent me the gorgeous bouquet of roses (in the buffet) from their professional rose-farm, for my birthday, which was Oct. 20th. because they weren't in town than. Aren't they so sweet?!|
|This bouquet of multi color roses is stunning!|
|A close up of the stunning roses! The two blue ones, the turquoise and that dry green color at your left are|
stained, as sometimes they're asked for in the flower shops.
|Pumpkin Cake and we will be having it tonight for dessert with hot chocolate.|
|Looks like I love pumpkins!|
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Hot Chocolate Recipe
3 ounces of store bought chocolate Tablet, semi-sweet
3 ounces of bitter chocolate in big pieces
1 cup water
5 cups of milk
1 stick of cinnamon
Sugar to taste
3 eggs (if you rather not use the eggs, go ahead, it's ok too)
dash of salt
Place a medium heavy copper pot (or whatever) in the stove on medium heat and add the water and when it's boiling add the chocolates in small pieces so they dissolve. Now add 4 1/2 cups of the milk, the cinnamon stick and at the end the sugar to taste. Beat by hand all the time so it's foamy and a little thick.
In the meantime beat the egg yokes, the dash of salt, and 1/2 cup cold milk and with a sieve pour it through on the pot of the chocolate. Lower the heat and keep beating until it's perfect for you and it has not a tinge of an egg taste and the sugar it's perfect too.
You can beat the egg whites with a little sugar and put a dollop on top of each chocolate mug. This part is optional, but we like it that way.
I hope you like it if you ever make it because it's delicious!
Yields 8. I make half recipe for 4 persons.
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