When I was a teenager I devoured the books in the Dragonriders of Pern series. The series is huge with 23 novels. I read every one. This is one of those books series that just took me away from real life and put me into the fantastic world of Pern. I felt like I was really there and felt what the characters felts. Very few books have moved me in the way that Anne McCaffrey’s series did. The series had such a huge impact on my life, especially while getting through the death of my dad when I was 16. I still go back to read them every now and then. The world of Pern never gets old for me.
Of all of the 23 books that were written, my favorites are Dragonflight, Dragonsdawn, and Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern. Each of these books had a main character that I really felt that I could relate to and felt for every step of the way through their journey. Moreta’s story specifically broke me for days. I was devastated at the end of that book. It was just so moving and well written. With so many books to her name, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern had hundreds of characters and every one of them had a story to tell. The complexity of the series is nothing short of fantastic.
Aside from the amazing fantasy setting, impressive dragons, lovable characters, and gripping story, the Dragonriders of Pern series also featured it’s fair share of fantastical food and drink. One such drink, klah, was featured quite prominently in the series. It was described as a coffee-like beverage with a touch of cinnamon and chocolate. This always intrigued me and I felt like it was something I could easily re-create for Eat a Byte.
My recipe for klah is extremely simple. All it needs is fresh brewed coffee, some cocoa powder, cinnamon, and just a smidge of honey to sweeten it. I feel like it came out exactly as I would have expected the “real” klah to taste – bold, with a hint of spice and sweetness. You could add cream or milk to it if you desire, but it is not really needed. I used a single-serve blender to make the klah nice and frothy. I think the results came out great.
This recipe is for an individual serving of klah, but could be easily doubled, tripled, etc to suit your serving needs.
Now that I have written this post, I have an urge to re-read the series for a fourth time.
If you have read the Dragonriders of Pern series, what books/characters are your favorite? Feel free to pick more than one of each, I could never choose just one!