October 24th, 2009

A little bit about the hot chocolate & hare

Coco&Me - Hot choclate machine at market stall & wooden hare - www.cocoandme.com

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Last Saturday I finally started to sell my hot chocolate again now that the weather is proper cold! The basic recipe is 1 part cream, 1 part chocolate, 4 parts milk. – I pour it in a simple white paper cup & then sprinkle dark chocolate shavings on top for the lux effect!
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Coco&Me - Hot choclate machine at market stall & wooden hare - www.cocoandme.com

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And here is a picture of the wooden hare (not rabbit! The ears are long!) that I have been selling since the beginning of Summer. It is hand-carved, imported from Germany & the arms n’ legs are dangly. I’m glad to say that it’s going down really well & my stock is running out fast…
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Right now it’s 1:30am on Friday night, & I ought to be in bed, ready for tomorrow’s market! (The weather forecast says it’s 90% rain… oh joy…) I’ll add more to this write-up next week when I get a chance! Good night!!
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xxx

30 Comments »

  1. I love hot chocolate weather! And the hare is darling.

    Comment by Jessica - October 24, 2009 3:13 am

  2. The hare is adorable.

    Comment by Esme - October 24, 2009 5:49 am

  3. I would LOVE one of these hares! Hopefully I’ll have a chance to go visit your area soon….

    Comment by cocopuff1212 - October 24, 2009 7:14 am

  4. wonderful hare! with christmas season approaching, they should be big sellers. let us know if you’re selling through the website:) impressive hot chocolate machine–yumm yumm.

    Comment by jonquil - October 24, 2009 2:24 pm

  5. Jessica, Esme, Cocopuff1212, & Jonquil,
    I’m so glad you that you like the hare!
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    Believe it or not, some passers-by think it is scary/ spooky! They think Donnie Darko… But on the other hand, people who love it, love-it. And interestingly, there’s never been any children who found it scary!
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    xx

    Comment by tamami - October 24, 2009 11:11 pm

  6. Awww so cute! I can imagine the dangly legs when put on my kitchen shelf… but I think my 3-year-old wouldn’t leave it alone! Somehow it’s rustic kind of look goes well with chocolate, I think.
    BTW, congrats for your mention in the Irish Times.

    Comment by rita - October 25, 2009 11:53 pm

  7. Thanks Rita! – Actually, I get loads of people who can’t resist playing with the dangly legs! Children AND adults!! – Throughout the day, the hare goes through different poses…!! lol.

    Comment by tamami - October 26, 2009 1:10 am

  8. Hello there!
    Just love the bunnie!!
    I actually have a Netherlands Dwarf bunnie. I found him on a busy road abandoned! He was just about 4 or 5 months old. Thus Bunnie nows lives with me and my husband in our small townhouse.
    I love the hot choc idea! So good and heart warming on those cold chilly Saturday mornings!
    Hope your foot is feeling much better!!
    Just love following your blog!

    Comment by Lyn - October 28, 2009 1:38 am

  9. Hi Lyn! Wow! Netherlands Dwarf bunny! Cuuute! How good of you & your husband to save him – God knows what would’ve happened to him if you didn’t decide to take him in… Really amazing of you! xx

    Comment by tamami - October 28, 2009 11:22 am

  10. Thanks for the recipe – we’ve actually had the odd day of hot chocolate weather in LA (yes! really!) so I look forward to trying it.

    The rabbit is sweet. I really don’t see how anyone could find it scary!

    Comment by Rachel - October 31, 2009 4:14 am

  11. hi Tamami, this hot chocolate sound delish… and I’m so glad I’m going to be able to visit your stall soon since I’m moving to London! yeah.

    as a side note, I’ve been looking for your email w/o any success because I wanted to ask you a few questions about holding a market stall in London (something me and my boyfriend are interested in), so if you ever have a spare second (I cross my fingers on that since I guess you’re busiest than busy), drop me a line.

    x fanny

    Comment by fanny - October 31, 2009 1:59 pm

  12. Hi Rachel!
    Another tip about the hot chocolate:
    I recently found that the drink tastes better when made in advance, store in fridge overnight, & then reheated the following day. I think it’s something to do with the chocolate & the cream bending together better, as the texture is also much better when reheated too!
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    O.M.G. Fanny! That is huuge news! An email is coming your way shortly!!

    Comment by tamami - October 31, 2009 11:07 pm

  13. The weather is still warm in Florida, but I’ll take hot chocolate anytime. Thanks for sharing.

    Nisrine

    Comment by Dinners & Dreams - November 2, 2009 1:21 am

  14. Hi Nisrine! I envy the hot weather you are having – the weather here is cold already, and my fingers are icy…!

    Comment by tamami - November 2, 2009 9:28 pm

  15. I love hot chocolate! And I like your blog. I’m thinking of having a stall selling hot chocolate amongst other things in the late future. Just wondering where you bought the hot chocolate machine?
    Thanks!

    Comment by yoko - November 29, 2009 4:24 pm

  16. Thank you Yoko san!! It was online – good luck with your stall!!

    Comment by tamami - November 30, 2009 12:41 am

  17. Hi there

    I absolutely adore the hare that you posted on this site in October last year. Is there any way I can buy one from you?

    Many thanks

    Madeline

    Comment by Madeline - February 1, 2010 3:47 pm

  18. I just sent you an email!! Many thanks!!

    Comment by tamami - February 1, 2010 10:27 pm

  19. Hi Tamami,

    First off, I love your site. I actually stumbled on it when doing some research on vanilla extract. I love your custom bottles that you used for your experiment.

    Second, my wife is a hot chocolate nut and I’m always looking for new recipes for her to try. I’d like to talk to you a little more about your recipe if you don’t mind…I can’t find anywhere to email you but you can send one to me at jason at 1045media dot com

    Thanks so much!

    Jason

    Comment by Jason - July 19, 2010 7:55 pm

  20. Hi!! I’ve just sent you mail!!

    Comment by tamami - July 19, 2010 9:05 pm

  21. Hi Tamami,
    We love, love, love your stall, we also have a very small stall in Ludlow shropshire selling cakes and savoury quiches and seasonal tarts. I wonder if you can help me, at the moment we are getting loads of wasps on the stall and it’s putting all our potential customers off. Is there anything which you’ve tested which you think might work. I thought about putting jam jars on the stall with a little beer. Not sure if this a good idea though because I don’t know whether that would put customers off. I think I need help from an expert. What do you think?

    Hope you can help.

    Many Thanks

    Katy Morris

    Comment by Katy - July 24, 2010 11:52 am

  22. Hello Katy! I know what you mean about those pesky wasps…! I also attracted them (but not this year yet). I’m afraid I don’t have a solution…! I just try my best to swish them away every single time. And I sometimes get lucky & hit ‘em! Lol! I find that after a while of battling, they give up & move on to the next easier target. – I also think it is important to ‘look’ as though you are doing something about the problem – the customers seem to get the message that you are serious about your produce, & sympathize with you! – Good luck with it!

    Comment by tamami - July 26, 2010 12:52 am

  23. hello katy!

    my name is desmond and i was bought from your stall over a year ago…

    i’m desperate for a new friend as its lonely on this book shelf on my own.

    i also have many admirers.

    do you still sell my tall eared fast hopping wooden hearted friends at your stall?

    desmond

    Comment by Desmond - October 12, 2010 2:25 pm

  24. Hello.
    I’m afraid I don’t sell these anymore… sorry…

    Comment by tamami - October 12, 2010 6:27 pm

  25. Hi Tamami,

    I just luv your blog site,I know this is last years post but I would like to know what kind of hot chocolate machine that is and if you have been satisfied with it, also what type of chocolate do you use for your hot chocolate if you wouldn’t mind sharing, are the days starting to get chilly there yet, we are starting to feel the chill here in Indiana in the evening time, take care… Diana

    Comment by Diana - October 11, 2011 6:11 pm

  26. Hello Diana! Great to hear from you!
    The hot chocolate machine is a type where there is a big compartment on the bottom where you put water in & it heats to bain marie the chocolate drink. – There is always a paddle circulating the drink to stop it from congealing. – There is also a temperature nozzle to adjust how hot you want your drink to be. – I am very happy with the machine. – As for the type of chocolate I use = I use 70% dark couvertures aswell as 35% milk couvertures too. And mix it with double cream & milk. – Are you thinking of getting one too? xx

    Comment by tamami - October 12, 2011 8:05 pm

  27. Good Morning Tamami, well I have looking for a hot chocolate maker, and I luv the look of yours, I have been pricing them and they are right up there, how many truffles have you made for Saturday???? Have a wonderful day!!! Diana

    Comment by Diana - October 14, 2011 1:27 pm

  28. Hello Diana, sorry for the late reply – weekends are usually so busy for me…!! I made truffles for the first time this season last Saturday & I am happy to report that I sold out! :) :) :) I made about 120 of them. – Good luck with the search for your hot chocolate machine Diana, & keep in touch! xx

    Comment by tamami - October 17, 2011 9:25 am

  29. Hi,

    Are you still selling the hares? Can I buy one online from you?

    Comment by Sarah Moody - October 4, 2013 8:53 pm

  30. Hello Sarah,
    sorry, I don’t sell these anymore…!

    Comment by Tamami - October 4, 2013 11:58 pm

 

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