It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about Pancake Day, although I can point you in the direction of a recipe for some truly delicious raspberry and vanilla pancakes. But rather than eating pancakes today, I’m spending my time consuming as much coffee and chocolate as is humanly possible. Yes, you’ve guessed it; I’m giving both of these glorious things up for Lent. The next six weeks are going to be very long.
My love affair with coffee literally runs through my veins – it’s a daily ritual for us Italians. As for chocolate, although I don’t have it every day, it is something I adore in every guise, whether it be cake, biscuit or in a cup topped with cream and marshmallows. For me, Lent is more about proving a point that I can give up something I love, rather than gain from the religious significance. What I will say is that my abstinence hasn’t yet started, but already I wish it was over. Wish me luck – I’m going to need it.