The air hung damp as desire dripped like sweat off the brow. My advances met with discomforting silence. Off balance and self-consciously unrelenting, I remained persistent as this was a significant anniversary.
I began again, this time calmly and at a measured clip. “It’s hot as hell in here and I don’t feel like cooking. There are a few different chili in the fridge and I want them out of here. Let’s just have leftovers tonight.”
What had begun as trickling animosity now threatened to boil over like a cauldron of electric eels. Now fully exasperated, the Involuntary Taste Panel was all too well aware that I had succeeded in my mission of going running every day for an entire year and they were anticipating an extravagant feast to mark the occasion. The trouble with expectations is that, in their inherent rigidity, they are a poor preparation for reality.
As it turned out, filling the table with leftovers and serving each family member individually required far more exertion than making an entirely new meal. Bad on me, I guess. To celebrate this epiphany, I made Sultry Mocha Chocolate Chili Sauce for the ice cream.
¾ C double strong coffee*
6.5 oz chocolate bar, cut up
1 T chili powder
½ t cumin
¼ C brown sugar
1 t whiskey
¼ C butter
* make double strong coffee by using the typical volume water while doubling the amount of coffee grounds.
- Whisk everything (except butter) together over medium heat.
2) Once the chocolate has completely melted, add the butter.
3) Whisk over medium heat until the butter is fully melted.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool before serving.
One thing that I have learned during my first year of running every day is that it is important to run with latitude. There are times when running should be the focus of your day, times when running is done as an afterthought, and times where running falls somewhere along that continuum. You and your running need this sort of flexibility in order to grow together. Ah, relationships are a b-eau-ti-ful thing (just ask Mrs. Chili365).
The ITP enjoyed the mocha chili sauce over super premium vanilla ice cream. At the front, the sauce tasted strongly of rich coffee. At the back, a pronounced chili sensation was clearly felt. All in all it was well balanced and uber-rich, appropriate to mark anniversaries of any sort.