12
Feb
2013
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Goodbye coffee, goodbye chocolate

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.

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  • http://www.thecakehunter.co.uk Sophie {The Cake Hunter}

    I’m giving up chocolate as well, I did it last year and managed pretty well so am attempting it again this year. Having said that, I didn’t have the blog last lent so it might make it more difficult to avoid chocolate in my baking. I’ve recently switched to decaf coffee (I know, what’s the point?!) but I’m just about surviving :) Good Luck!

    • chiara

      I know what you mean Sophie. I have friends coming round for dinner at the weekend, and I’ll now need to rethink my chocolate-based dessert. What’s keeping me going at the moment is the sheer amount of chocolate and coffee I’ll work my way through when it’s over. Queue an almighty caffeine high/sugar rush.

  • http://www.conversationpieces.co.uk/ Zoë (Conversation Pieces)

    6 weeks! Eeek! I’m only just learning to drink coffee (been a tea girl all my days) so I think I could manage without that but 6 weeks without chocolate now that would be a challenge!!

    • chiara

      Yeah, it is definitely a bit eek! I’m sure I’m going to regret this quicker than I think!

  • http://mossery.blogspot.co.uk Eleanor

    Those pictures makes me want to immediately drink and eat all the coffee and chocolate in the world! I can’t never face giving anything up for lent this year, I’m just about to move house with a toddler and the stress from such endeavors will probably lead me to ruin. Good luck!

    • chiara

      Thanks Eleanor. I have to say, there would be no way I’d be giving up either or those things if I was about to move house with a toddler – if I were you I’d need a lot of coffee and chocolate to get me through that!

  • http://theheartbeatsfaster.blogspot.co.uk/ Louisa

    I’m very impressed: I don’t drink coffee often because it gives me a headache, but if I gave up tea and chocolate for a month… Well, I probably wouldn’t! I did it before for health reasons (no dairy, wheat, alcohol, caffeine, sugar for a month) and that was hard enough! Good luck :)

    • chiara

      Thanks Louisa. I must say, giving up dairy, wheat, alcohol, caffeine and sugar for a month must have been a complete nightmare!

  • http://sosallydesign.wordpress.com Sally

    woah, this is impressive! i’m not a coffee drinker but definitely don’t think i could manage giving up tea!
    thanks for stopping by my blog! x

    • chiara

      I’m five days in Sally and so far it’s not going too badly. We’ll see if I’m still saying that in a few weeks time!