Like Water for Chocolate
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
The phrase refers to a heightened level of passion or excitement, a la the boiling point at which water is ready to make hot chocolate (not everyone uses milk for hot chocolate). And it’s an apt title for this story chronicling a beautiful young woman’s excruciating attempt to deal with a love that she cannot wholly embrace. Banished to the kitchen, her only tool to express this love and return the torment to those who handcuff her desires, is food. And she does so well.
The book itself is somewhat of a cookbook, though it makes no claims as to being remotely accurate in terms of how to actually make the dishes it talks about. Thus, all the dishes below are merely adaptations and/or dishes inspired by these “recipes”. There are actually 12 dishes described in the book, but time simply does not allow us to go through all of them, so we need to simplify somewhat. We will be offering the first two courses prior to starting the movie, the next two during a brief intermission, and then the dessert at the end. Because the movie is subtitled, we think it best to not try to serve dishes during the movie as it’s hard to take one’s eyes off the screen and catch the dialog.
The cost for the meal is $30 (does not include tax and tip). We will begin at 6:30 and should be finished with dessert by 9:30. In order to make sure that everyone can see the screen well, this event is limited to 25 people and we’ve already got about 15 signed up.
Mini tortas of house-made chorizo and salted fish with pickled onions and jalapeno Tezcucana-style Beans
Chiles en Nogada (stuffed chiles with walnut sauce and pomegranate)
Turkey mole with almonds and sesame seeds