There's nothing worse than getting overly excited about a hot chocolate only to burn your tongue upon first sip, because you just couldn't wait long enough for it to cool down or because some stupid person made the milk too hot. Your taste buds go into shock and then nothing tastes the same for days. The only thing worse than burning your tongue on a hot chocolate is if that hot chocolate was made with water instead of milk. Watery hot chocolate is a crime. Of course it was going to burn you.
Hi, winter. We missed you. These are the classic hardships that befall us every time the temperature starts to drop and we get excited about hunkering down and settling into the season. We love winter for the amazing comfort food, slow cooker recipes and hearty soups, to say nothing of the zesty, uplifting citrus fruits, like blood oranges and grapefruits, that brighten up our darkest winter moments. And, of course, hello clementines! Winter is full of great food and food moments, but at the end of the short day, it's still winter. It's still cold, and grey and however great that root vegetable hash is, we'd still rather be eating a fresh tomato with a side of corn, or munching on freshly picked blueberries while our fresh peach and blackberry pie cools. We make the most of winter, but it can hardly live up to the other seasons when it comes to fresh produce, outdoor cooking and general mood levels. For this reason, when we're trying to make the best of the winter months, bad food luck really gets us down. A burnt tongue may not be so bad, but on top of the fact that it's winter outside, it feels a whole lot worse.
We know you've been there too, so let's all take a moment to commiserate and acknowledge winter's most disappointing food moments. Here's hoping that we can all avoid them at all costs this year.