Keeping an open mind when it comes to flavour combinations can produce fireworks!
Easter is synonymous with chocolate for a lot of people and the classic chocolate film has to be Chocolat.
Is there anyone who has not seen Chocolat ? A young Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche plus other great actors and lot of chocolate. What more can one ask for ?
The film has a wonderful plot that touches on a number of topics, the main one being how much we sometimes restrict ourselves and impose rules on ourselves, even if deep down we do not agree with them, because of what people may think.
But for a product developer and a food lover, the film offers so much more. In fact, I think this is probably the one film that I can watch without sound and still find the chocolate and food scenes mesmerising. I have been very lucky to work with chocolate a lot and I can promise you it is one of the best media to work with.
If I were to chose one scene though, it would be the one where Vianne’s character serves hot chocolate with chilli 🌶. I remember I had not seen this combination before and ran to try it. I was surprised to taste a beautiful, smooth, coco-ey hot drink, where the heat carried on and bridged the sips. It was bright and uplifting.
Not all weird and wonderful flavour and ingredient combinations will work, but our role is to keep an open mind and never stop experimenting.
I wrote about my discovery of fresh bay leaf in brewed tea a while back. This was also an unexpected combination that worked.
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