Chocolat – movie and magical recipes

Chocolat 
One of my all-time favorite movies is Chocolat, based on the book by Joanne Harris. Let me start off by saying I am not much of a movie goer, um, that would be an understatement. Although this film came out in 2000, I saw it for the first time last year….after renting it from the library…(and renewing it at least once) 
before finally sitting down to watch it.
but
It had me in the first line
Once upon a time…

” … there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité – Tranquility. If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you.
You knew your place in the scheme of things.
And if you happened to forget,
someone would help remind you.

In this village, if you saw something you weren’t supposed to see,
you learned to look the other way.
If perchance your hopes had been disappointed,
you learned never to ask for more.

So through good times and bad, famine and feast,
the villagers held fast to their traditions.

Until, one winter day, a sly wind blew in from the North…”

What did I love about this movie?

The village itself…I am a sucker for scenery
The shop….again, I just want to be there, soak it all up- could watch the transformation again and again
Red capes = love
Red shoes, again = love
Vianne – love her name, it means Alive,  her adherence to all things magical, and the way she reached out to people, despite their initial reaction to her.
Magical chocolates- these were not cheap milk chocolates – i can take or leave those, no her creations had power, they changed women, making them believe in themselves, rekindled sparks and completely absorbed my imagination.
Story line- just right.

Chocolat is classified as a romantic comedy, and I guess it would fall there, but that is probably why I steered clear for so long…..although Vianne and the gypsy Roux, do fall in love- the romance extends right from the heart of the chocolate shop. If it was centered on just Vianne’s relationship with Roux- even if he is played by Johnny Depp…it wouldn’t have been as good to me. 
 

~**~**~**~**~*~post written for blog hop #19, Take me to the movies ~*~**~**~**~** 

and….it is also Tasty Tuesday, here is my own recipe for Magical Chili Chocolate Truffles.
~make with love and a inch of chili powder like in the movie  :)

 Magical Chili Chocolate Truffles

  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoon ground dried New Mexico chili powder
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate — coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • Cayenne pepper powder
  1. Mix the cream and chili powder in a sauce pan.
  2. Stir over low heat until the mixture is bubbly.
  3. Slowly add chocolate continuing to stir until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Add cayenne to taste. (a small pinch will add spicy heat to the chocolates)
  5. Cover and chill for about 2 hours.
  6. Form the chocolate mixture into small one inch balls.
  7. Roll in unsweetened cocoa to coat.
  8. Set on a plate, cover and chill.

Put the truffles into mini cupcake cups and then place into a boxes with tissue paper for a decadent gift.
                                               
                                                                Aztec Hot Cocoa

 Aztec hot cocoa

 1⅔ cups water
½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 red chili pepper, split and de-seeded
1 cinnamon stick
1½ ounce chocolate (bittersweet)

I even wrote an article about gift ideas for Chocolat movie lovers – obsessive, maybe.
                    good chocolate will do that to you.

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