Their very first film reviewed was Chocolat. I saw this film when it came out, but I decided to watch it again, since that was nearly 15 years ago!
I love the cast in this film. Johnny Depp is sexy and deep, Judi Dench is captivating, and Juliette Binoche is mesmerizing. Such a great film, with themes of longing and temptation. And, one of my quotes:
Père Henri: I'm not sure what the theme of my homily today ought to be. Do I want to speak of the miracle of Our Lord's divine transformation? Not really, no. I don't want to talk about His divinity. I'd rather talk about His humanity. I mean, you know, how He lived His life, here on Earth. His *kindness*, His *tolerance*... Listen, here's what I think. I think that we can't go around... measuring our goodness by what we don't do. By what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think... we've got to measure goodness by what we *embrace*, what we create... and who we include.
The cupcakes I made for our cooking school fit perfectly into this post. Both the frosting and the cake are chocolatey and so good.
For the cupcakes you need 3/4 c good cocoa powder, 1 1/2 c flour, 1 1/2 c sugar, 1 1/2 t baking soda, 3/4 t baking powder, 3/4 t salt, 2 eggs, 3/4 c warm water, 3/4 c buttermilk, 3 T oil and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Preheat the oven to 350. Line cupcake tin with liners. Sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a mix beat eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Scrape smooth, then add flour mixture a little at a time until batter is well mixed. Fill cupcake cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes, or until tops spring back when touched. Cool completely.
For the frosting you will need 8 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped, 6 c confectioner's sugar, 1/2 pound of butter, softened, 6 tablespoons of milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1/4 t salt. Melt the chocolate on top of a double boiler. Cool to room temp. In a large bowl combine the sugar, butter, milk, vanill and salt and beat on low speed, scraping down the bowl. Increase the speed and beat for 2 minutes. Add chocolate gradually and beat for another minute.
I decorated the cupcakes using a decorator's bag and tip. These were delightfully yummy!
Our host's first Food 'n' Flix happened to be chocolate cake, too, and you can see it here.
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