My first trip overseas involved 27 hours of flying and layover time.
For an 8 and 6 year old who were used to running around all day doing their own thing, this was tiring and clearly something that would linger particularly in my life.
What could be so worth all that time?
Meeting new people. Seeing new sites. And the food.
German bakeries, lots of gifts and chocolate pudding.
Chocolate pudding was not something we could just buy pre-made in the supermarket at home so we went through packets of these things during our stay in Berlin.
Germany gave us a lot over those six weeks, but it particularly gave me many good memories of smiling to newly discovered foods I would devour.
Until recently I always made this from a packet, one day I sat down and thought about the simplicity of this and decided to attempt it without ripping a packet open.
And it worked.
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
4 cups whole milk
Pour 3 1/2 cups of the milk in a medium saucepan and set over medium heat.
Place the cocoa powder, sugar and corn starch in a bowl and add the remaining 1/2 cup milk, smoothing into a paste.
When the milk is bubbling lightly, remove from the heat and add the cocoa paste, stirring to combine. Return to the heat and stir constantly until thick approximately 3 minutes.
Serve with some whipped cream either warm or cold.