American coffee was the biggest culture shock we had on our first visit to the US. I almost gagged at my first sip of the Starbucks Roast. This was not coffee. Where was the milk? The sugar? The sweet stickiness that was supposed to coat the back of your throat?
Several packets of Equal and half-n-half later, we ended up discarding the coffee.
These days, I drink several cups of black hospital coffee to get through the day. But at home, the old cravings tend to come back.
Indian style whipped coffee
– 2 1/2 tbsp instant coffee (yes, I know)
– a few tbsp water
– 3 cups milk (or an equal mixture of milk and water)
– A sprinkling of drinking chocolate
– In a small glass or metal bowl, mix together the sugar and coffee.
– Now with a spoon, add a few drops of water at a time, until you have a paste of toothpaste consistency. Tilting the bowl, start beating this paste with the spoon. It will change color as you beat it, becoming lighter and increasing in volume. When it starts feeling tight, add another few drops of water.
– After ten minutes of wrist and elbow exercise, you'll end with the whipped cream seen above. (If you've ever beaten butter and sugar for a cake, you know what I'm talking about.)
– Boil the milk. Add a generous tbsp(or more) of the cream into a mug, and pour the boiling milk from a distance into the mug. Gently stir with your spoon until the cream is dissolved. A fine foam will rise to the top. Sprinkle with drinking chocolate if you like. Share with loved ones.
The picture above goes to CLICK July 2008. This month's theme is Coffee and Tea. I'm super-excited because they asked me to be one of the judges for this month's event…makes me feel all grown-up and important. 🙂