Saturday, February 28, 2009

Inspired by Chocolat: Chili Con Carne Y Chocolate

Tonight you are invited by Marc of No Recipes and Susan of Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy to Dinner and a Movie:

This is a new monthly event, whereby we are invited to make and post about a dish inspired by the movie selected by the host for that month.

This month's movie is
Chocolat, and Marc is our host.

Today was the last day of summer in Melbourne, and it was a lovely, sunny day, with a moderate wind of the kind that might have blown Vianne and Anouk into town. Just in case they did arrive on my doorstep, for tonight's dinner, I made Chili Con Carne Y Chocolate.

My inspiration for this dish was the scenes in Chocolat of Armande's birthday party, where Vianne and Roux serve meats accompanied by chocolate sauce. I didn't really fancy pouring chocolate sauce on my meat, but I was curious about the meat and chocolate combination, which I have heard about before. A quick Google search later, and I found a recipe for Chili Con Carne Y Chocolate, which you can find

To give you an idea of the different flavours in this dish, here are some of the ingredients chopped and ready to go, including the chocolate:

In the finished dish, you do not taste the chocolate per se; rather, the chocolate adds richness to the flavour of the dish, and blends in rather than shouting out to be recognised as an individual. This is good, in my opinion, as I believe that the other alternative would be more like the chocolate sauce served over meat, where you could not avoid the chocolate flavour potentially clashing with the meat.

Thanks to Marc for hosting Dinner and a Movie this month. This event has definitely taken me outside my comfort zone to try something new, and it is great to be inspired by such a wonderful movie.


Anonymous said...

This is wonderful, Cakelaw! I also like a nice mole' sauce. And you know I love the movie because it stars Johnny Depp :)

Ivy said...

I've eaten this recipe in a Mexican restaurant and I loved it. Your dish sounds fantastic.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

What a clever use of chocolate! I never would have thought of it. Thanks for coming to our party. I've got to get my own post up now. I can't believe this fell on DB day!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Maryann - I must say that Johnny adds an additional appeal to that movie ;)

Hi Ivy, thanks. I think I have even avoided it in Mexican restuarants before, but I will now definitely try it.

Thanks Susan. It makes for a busy day, but there's nothing like time flying.

Sara said...

I've actually put chocolate in chili before, it came out well! Yours looks great too.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Sara, initially I was dubious, but it tastes great - it's even better the next day.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I really wanted to go into this but ran out of time. I love the angle yuo've taken on Chocolat!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Lorraine, I know - it's always a tight squeeze to get in every event I want to do. Thanks!