It's been almost four months since we moved to Negros and i've noticed a pattern here in our part of the island: sunny mornings followed by afternoon downpours. Today was no different except i had a tube of cacao tablea from El Ideal in Silay when we went there one weekend. What's a rainy afternoon without a hot drink, right? With the baby napping I had some time to whip up a cup of hot native chocolate for myself. I was surprised at how big the cacao tablets were - each one was at least an inch thick! I used two tablets to a glass of water and stirred it constantly over a low fire until I got a thick cup of sikwate. I added a couple of teaspoons of mascobado sugar and voila - a delicious bittersweet buzz in a cup.