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?
Credit: Anirudh KoulWhy 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 www.spanishchocolate.co.uk or Hotel Chocolat for a spicier version.
Thick Hot Chocolate (serves 1-2)
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.