I read somewhere than the difference between a jogger and a runner is that a runner does it for fun, that they feel free and complete whilst moving.
Whilst this isn’t the most accurate of descriptions, I can honestly say I’m more a jogger than a runner. There isn’t a bone in my body that doesn’t wish this wasn’t the case, I would love to be one of those people who enjoyed exercising, but I hate it. Every. Single. Second.
Which is how I turned up completely unprepared for the Pilgrims Hospice’s Light Up The City run this weekend. I had every intention of training in the month leading up to it, I even got on a treadmill at the gym once or twice, but then got bored and moved onto another machine after a shockingly short amount of time.
The weather was miserable, it drizzled the entire time, but I wasn’t the last across the finishing line, and I didn’t stop at any point so I fulfilled my two personal goals, and was rewarded with a big hug and an isotonic drink.
Coming home cold and triumphant, I wished I had the ingredients to make a cup of this hot chocolate to warm me up.
I saw this idea in the Waitrose food magazine (a complete addiction of mine) and knew straight away I wanted to try it, the addition of a few drops of rosewater made the whole drink feel more sophisticated.
I had been hoarding the ingredients for a while, waiting for the perfect occasion to whip up a batch and surprise my wonderful boyfriend. It arrived on a Sunday afternoon, the light shifted, the whole room getting gradually darker, then the heavens opened and big fat drops of rain fell from the sky.
We enjoyed sweet espresso size portions of fruity sweet hot chocolate and watched the rain fall.
Rose White Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows and Blackberry
Quantity per single serving
50g good quality white chocolate chopped
a couple of drops of rose water
a handful of marshmallows
1 tbsp water
Gently heat the blackberries in a pan with the water, mashing the berries as the cook to make a syrup.
Take this off the heat, pass through a sieve and put to one side.
Slowly heat the milk, then pour over the chocolate stirring until it has all melted.
Add marshmallows and decorate with the blackberry syrup.