Sunday, 13 February 2011

Mexican food in Paris? Sacre Bleu!

If you like reading about food, then you're probably familiar with David Lebovitz, one of the world's most prolific (and arguably best) food bloggers.

Based in Paris, David's blog is a great source of information and recipes and recently, there's been a couple of posts with a Mexican theme. so, if you're across the channel this Valentine's Day, how about celebrating with some good Mexican food?

CreditAnirudh Koul
Why not treat your loved one to some Mexican Hot Chocolate? If you haven't got any authentic Mexican chocolate to hand, then chocolate atole is a good alternative. Here's a cheat's version made with cornstarch, a much more readily available item in the UK than masa harina! If this still seems like too much hard work, then try some from or Hotel Chocolat for a spicier version.

Thick Hot Chocolate (serves 1-2)
250ml milk
100g chocolate, dark or milk depending on your taste, grated
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cornstarch

Mix the cornstarch with a little of the milk. Pour the rest into a saucepan and heat gently. When it begins to steam, add the cornstarch mixture and stir constantly as it thickens. Add the chocolate and cinnamon. Check for sweetness, adding a little sugar if necessary. Serve in small cups.

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