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Coffee-the otherwise story

Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.” (Noir comme le diable, chaud comme l'enfer, pur comme un ange, doux comme l'amour.) Talleyrand, 18th century French diplomat, describing his concept of a good cup of coffee.

The devil makes you wake up, and you start liking the hell (your work place), your bosses seem like angels, and your work.... well as good as love. Don't believe me! Well try it. Don't know whether Talleyrand meant the same when he described his Espresso, but to us, who drink coffee like you would drink water, it obviously feels like that. Now you can't fake sleep, can you! It's even worse than not being able to sleep. So, its better you keep working under the stimulating influence of coffee than under the sinewy influence of the bosses.

Oh no! You got me wrong. I love my work. But more so, I love my coffee. Even if coffee would have been the sole reason to love work, so be it. You live to drink coffee or you drink coffee to live, either way it holds true. Especially, when you work to live and live to work.

Cappuccino Crisps
Ingredients:
1 cup butter or margarine, unsalted
1 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
2 teaspoons instant espresso or coffee powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon water
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup hot milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso
1 tablespoon hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon salt

Method:
Beat 1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, 1 cup white sugar, 6 tablespoons cocoa powder and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon in a large bowl. Beat in egg. Stir 2 teaspoons coffee powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon water in a cup to dissolve coffee. Beat into butter mixture. On low speed, beat in 2 cups flour just until blended.

Divide dough in half and shape into a disk. Wrap and chill until firm. Preheat oven to 375 °F (190 °C).

Have ready a 3 inch star cookie cutter. Roll dough on a well-floured rolling surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out stars and place an inch apart on an ungreased cookie
sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until crisp.

Put 4 cups confectioners' sugar in a medium sized bowl, gradually stir in hot milk until smooth, stir in 3 tablespoons butter or margarine until blended then add remaining ingredients. Makes about 3 cups. Spoon icing into a corner of a plastic bag, snip off the tip of the corner, drizzle zigzag design on cookies.

Coffee Soufflé
Ingredients:

3 dl of milk
6 eggs
150g of powdered sugar
40g of rice puree
1 cup strong coffee
a pinch of salt

Method:
First of all, heat the oven. Boil the milk. Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat 4 egg yolks with rice puree, salt and sugar. Add the milk stirring continuously, then pour the strong coffee. Whip the whites of the eggs and add them carefully to the mix. Fill with 2/3 of a previously-buttered soufflé mould. Bake in oven at medium heat. A little before the soufflé is ready, dust it with sugar and serve immediately.

Coffee mousse
Ingredients:
100g powdered sugar
6 egg whites
2 teaspoons of coffee extract
Whip the egg whites, add the powdered sugar while keeping on whipping with the whisk, then add (carefully) the coffee extract. Put it in the fridge one hour before serving it.

Spirited Drinks
Cafe Royal
This very intensely flavoured drink is also known as Cafe Gloria. The presentation should win “oohs” and “aahs”.

Ingredients:
112 oz wine glass, preheated
10 oz French Roast brewed coffee
½ teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cube sugar
11/2 jiggers brandy
Pour the hot coffee in the heated wine glass. Stir in the half teaspoon of sugar to dissolve. Place the cube of sugar in a small, warmed bowl and add the brandy. Ignite the brandy and immediately pour into the coffee, allowing the flames to burn off the alcohol. Stir into the hot coffee.

Frangelico Coffee
Ingredients
112 oz wine glass, preheated
10 oz full city roast brewed coffee
11/2 jiggers Frangelico liqueur
¼ cup lightly whipped cream
Pour hot coffee in the heated wine glass and stir in the Frangelico. Top with the whipped cream.
Got it! Need anything more to survive the ages? Didn't think so. Have a coffee day! Coffee luck.

By Uttiya Mukhurjee

 

 

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