So we are having a wee snow event here today. 8-10 inches… It’s all good, this March snow. I really don’t care. My kids will play outside for hours in it and anyway, I am headed to sunny FL tomorrow…
So as you can imagine, A1 is a traditional guy. With that comes the good (honest, loyal) and the bad (chauvinist pig). So he has me making meals as if it were 1950 and my name is June or something.
It’s OK. I am going along with it because in all likelihood he’ll be ordering pizza and making boxes of mac and cheese and when I get home next week I will have 5 days of meals already prepared and all of the grocery shopping done.
So I am using this snow day to make all those meals–lasagna, flatbread pizzas and salads, grilled chicken and foccacia with roasted garlic and herbs, beef tacos, chicken fajitas, Vietnamese Garlicky and Sweet Chicken, etc. etc. I will post these things when I have two minutes. The point is that in the middle of all this, #1 decided that we MUST make chocolate covered strawberries.
Well of course we must! I stopped right there in the middle of assembling my lasagna to break out my stash of Valhrona. Here’s why: it was such an easy request and such a nice, low mess way not only to make her happy but also to let her have some independent fun. Being creative makes her feel good. Making something on her own makes her feel good. Time to myself for a minute feels good. BINGO!
Here’s how to do it.
- Fill a saucepan (medium sized or so) with about an inch or two of water.
- Heat to a simmer.
- Set a heatproof (stainless steel) bowl over the water. Turn the heat off.
- Add as much semi-sweet chocolate as you need. A bag of chips works great or about 1 cup of chopped chocolate.
- Stir until it is melted.
- Dip the strawberry, turning to coat and letting the excess drip off.
- Set it on a parchment or wax-paper lined pan.
- Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens.
- NOTE: if you want to drizzle white chocolate over your chocolate, melt the white chocolate just as described above, then dip a fork into it and sort of swish it back and forth over the berries to make a swizzle design–one berry at a time. You can let your kids get creative using the milk and white chocolate–that’s another fun, easy thing. You can also provide finely chopped nuts or other goodies for add-ons.
This little bit of fun allowed me time to enjoy my coffee whilst watching the snowflakes. In that short amount of time, she broke out the potato chips and #2 decided to make “Animals Drowned in Chocolate”.
Here’s why I didn’t mind a bit: I didn’t hear BOO from them the entire time! No bickering, pushing, bossiness or other aggravating noises. Just quiet concentration with an occasional lick and a lot of giggles about how silly it is to make chips with chocolate. HA! They are geniuses and they don’t even know it yet!