In the "Popular Antiquities of Great Britton", a girl is represented
divining to find out what her husband shall be. "I have seen him several
times in coffee-grounds with a sword by his side;" it being the custom in
those days to tell the fortunes by the pattern the coffee ground made in the
bottom of the cup.
In the 17th century "savants" proved clearly that coffee was a strong
poison, and that on the Judgment Day all coffe-drinkers would rise from
their graves "as black as coffee grounds." However, King Gustavus Adolphus
of Sweden was a wise man who did not rely completely upon the opinions of
his physicians, but wanted to convince himself independently of their
correctness. Twin brothers who had committed murder were condemned to death
by means of coffee and tea. They were given a "fatal" dose, which the
physicians predicted would cause death rapidly. Both had palpitation of the
heart, but did not die. Then they were given a large portion daily and a
medical commission was appointed to watch them and report their condition.
The doctors died, but the two brothers lived merrily on, drinking their
coffee and tea daily. Finally one of them died, the one who was given the
less toxic beverage, tea. He died at the age of 83.
Mocha Angel Pie
1 1/2 cups strong coffee
2 squares bitter chocolate
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup rich milk
3 egg yolks
Pinch of salt
1 9 inch baked pie shell
Whipped cream for garnish
Stir the chocolate and coffee in top of a double boiler until melted. Mix
the flour, sugar, and milk. Add to the coffee mixture and cook for 15
minutes. Beat egg yokes with a pinch of salt. Combine with coffee-mixture
and cook another 5 minutes. Cool slightly and pour into baked pie shell.
Chill. Garnish with whipped cream.
This one might be good to try!
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