• Ada Sagi. Photo courtesy of the family.
    Ada Sagi. Photo courtesy of the family.
  • Thick, spicy hot chocolate. Photo: Adi Shilon
    Thick, spicy hot chocolate. Photo: Adi Shilon
Recipe

Ada Sagi’s thick, spicy hot chocolate

Their favorite dish: While Ada Sagi was in captivity, her daughter dreamed of the thick, spicy hot chocolate she made. Adi Shilon prepared it for her

75 year old Ada from kibbutz Nir-Oz loves dark chocolate, a good glass of wine and sherry. She loves spicy chili peppers, Almodovar movies, crosswords, aged whiskey and when her family calls her Adi.

Ada arrived at Nir-Oz during her military service as a part of the Nahal Corps, a youth movement which originated in the kibbutz’s. At Nir-Oz she fell head over heels for Danny and together they built a home and raised a family. They did everything together, even caring for the residential community at Nir-Oz. Nir-Oz was home. Last August Danny fell ill and passed away shortly after. With incredible resilience, Ada took her time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and continued their shared passions with Danny’s spirit in her heart.

An educator and a mentor, Ada has a list of students a mile long who remember the multiple ways in which she’s touched their hearts, expanded their minds and changed their lives. Brilliant, sensitive and with exceptional emotional intelligence, Ada believes in the goodness that resides in each of us. More than anything, she loves spending time with her family, her three children and six grandchildren, she is so proud of all of them.

On October 7th Ada Sagi fought Hamas with all her might, but was kidnapped and held in Gaza.

After 53 days in captivity, Ada was returned.

Ingredients for hot chocolate

  • 12.3 oz (350 grams) dark chocolate
  • 15.2 oz (430 grams) milk (You can substitute with a shot of brandy or whiskey as Ada likes)
  • 4.2 oz (120 grams) whipping cream
  • 1½ tablespoons (20 grams) Sugar
  • 1 hot red peppers small, cut in half, cleaned of seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • a pinch Salt

To serve:

  • whipped cream

Instructions

  • 1. Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan on medium-low heat and stir constantly, until smooth and uniform. It should be thick, but still drinkable. If it is too thin, cook a little more. If it's too thick, add a little more milk. Or whiskey. Serve in your favorite medium mug with a dollop of whipped cream.

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This recipe is part of Adi Shilon’s “Their Favorite Dish” project, which tells the story of 60 abductees through the recreation of their favorite recipe for a pastry or dessert. For all the details and additional recipes in the project.

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