It's 3am. The bars are closed, the streets are quiet, and all the kids are in bed. You've finally got that time to yourself, so you're curled up in your comfy chair, wearing your slippers and robe. You're having a conversation, across the ether, with people on the other side of the world who are busy slaving away at work. The coffee pot is going strong, and you sip thankfully as you watch the screen. You should be happy, right?
Then all of a sudden it hits. That mad, unquenchable craving for a rich, deep chocolate mocha. What do you do? Go out and trudge through the snow in your slippers? That's if you can find your car keys. Of course you don't! You head for the kitchen, and start opening the cupboards.
Pull out a huge mug1, and set it by the half-full coffee pot. Then get out everything else you need:
- Vanilla extract
The bottom third of your cup holds the key. There, you make a paste of about three parts sugar2 to one part cocoa, a few grains of salt3, about one capful of vanilla4 for each 'mug' your vessel holds, and just enough hot coffee5 to make the paste smooth.
You're sitting there in the quiet, staring at your screen and sipping a nice hot, deep chocolate mocha. You're typing away at people on the other side of the world, but your keystrokes are becoming less and less frequent. As the cup empties, so do your 'batteries'. You set the cup down, type 'I think I might ggo layyyyyyyysopasdtraetuyio...' When you wake up, you wipe the QWERTY off your forehead and set about another day.