by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Wednesday, September 8, 2010
On the hunt for that perfect chocolate cake...inspired by Chocolat.
So sets the scene for our first foodie film over at Food 'n Flix...Chocolat! The story of a beautiful, mysterious woman, Vianne...who travels with the magical Northern wind...blowing from town to town...dispensing her medicine to all who ail. Treatment of choice? Chocolate! Vianne has a knack- a gift, if you will...of guessing your favorite. Spin the disk and tell her what you see in it...reveal what's inside...reveal your inner feelings and desires. The small village of Reynaud and the people who have lived there all of their life seemed to have fallen into a rut...life passing them by. Vianne and her Chocolaterie Maya opened their eyes, their minds, their hearts...and awakened their desires...allowing them to begin to once again...experience life!
I love all of the characters...and actors that portray them...in the film- Dame Judi Dench as Armande, Johnny Depp as Roux, Lena Olin as Josephine, Alfred Molina as the Comte de Reynaud, Peter Stormare as Serge, Carrie-Ann Moss as Caroline, and of course...Juliette Binoche as Vianne.
Okay, I find myself getting sidetracked...I could interject little bits and pieces of the film and one would remind me of another...and I would never stop. So, what I'll say is...if you haven't see Chocolat, I recommend you go out and rent it asap. So, over at Food 'n Flix, we want to watch a film and draw inspiration from it and then bring to life in the kitchen! Although I was inspired in so many ways, I narrowed it down to perhaps the simplest thing of all- chocolate cake. Vianne serves a gorgeous chocolate cake...it looks moist, rich, and simple all at the same time. Not simple as in easy...simple as in deceptively complex! Watching a fork seductively slice in a steal a bite...it's obvious that this isn't just any old cake. It's the kind of cake that makes you forget whatever it was that were thinking about the moment you take a bite. A slow smile plays on your lips...a dreamy look appears in your eyes...and a gentle hush falls on the room as conversation is all-but-forgotten until the last crumb is licked from the forks of all who dared a slice. What? You think that such a cake couldn't be good for your hips...that you definitely not even supposed to think about it in fear of the thought bringing on another pound? Well, in the words of Armande... "don't worry so much about supposed to."
1 c. sugar
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. cake flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp.baking soda
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (plus some for dusting once cool)
9 oz. buttermilk
|"Very good...but not my favorite."|
I hope you join us over at Food 'n Flix...I'd love to see what you're inspired to make from the films. Chocolat will be playing through the whole month of September (details on how to enter can be found there)...and check out the Coming Soon wall to find out which flick we'll be cooking from next month!
*All quotes taken from the film Chocolat
~This is also my entry into this month's Culinary Smackdown Battle: Chocolate!
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.