Death by (of) Chocolate

November 07, 2014

Death by (of) Chocolate!

December 11, 2013Posted in: This & That

There are very few of us who don’t like the world chocolate, it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside and sets the mouth into an uncontrollable drool. Being one of the world’s paramount aphrodisiacs is a hard task, we reckon.

The cacao plant, from which it is derived, has been venerated (and cultivated) for over three millennia in some form or the other. Starting with the Mayans and perfected by the Europeans, the demand for the same has reached staggering proportions.

We recently read an article and while to our minds a lot of the items on the verge of extinction would be hard to live without, the non-availability of the revered chocolate would put our species into an utter state of depression.

Read here to know more.

 What has created this disaster in the making? Well it seems to be a unique combination of supply scarcity, high costs, child and forced labour (which we actively oppose) and an added strain on producers that is creating instability in the supply. It is a shortage that could very well render chocolates an expensive (as costly as caviar) luxury in the next 20 years.

Chocolates are grown exclusively around the 10 degree vicinity of the equator (mainly in West Africa which is anyway economically and politically unstable), and to add to the conundrum, is the fact that the crop takes five years to mature and needs to be handpicked under extremely scorching heat.

So we do seem to be in a ‘hot spot’ figuratively and literally.

 But we are not here to ponder on this troubling news surrounding chocolates. We are confident that some alternative, ethical and sustainable option would be developed.

We urge you to use this as an excuse to go all out and fulfill your every chocolate fantasy and desire, after all life is dynamic and we should seize every opportunity (and excuse) to enjoy it to its maximum.

 Here are two simple recipes to tempt your taste buds . . .

  Chocolate Tart

   Base Ingredients

  • 300 gms of chocolate cookies

  • 125 gms unsalted butter

   Ganache Ingredients

  • 200 ml cream

  • 1 Vanilla bean or  1 tsp. vanilla sugar (Optional)

  • 200 gms dark chocolate (cut roughly)

  • 50 gms butter      
                                         
                                                      Preparation
  • Make the base by using a food processor and blending cookies until finely crumbed

  • Melt the butter and add to the crumbs

  • Blend until combined well

  • Place in tart tins (12cms) and press mixture evenly at the bottom and up the sides

  • Chill the crust and prepare ganache

  • For the Ganache

  • In a saucepan, add cream vanilla and bring the cream to a boil

  • Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate and butter

  • Stir well until melted and well combined

  • Pour the Ganache over the tart base and chill for at least 2 hours

  • Resist the urge to keep it all for yourself and share it with near and dear

   Chocolate Crispy Bites

     Ingredients

  • 300 gms dark chocolate, roughly chopped

  • 110 gms butter, roughly chopped

  • 2 tbsp. honey

  • 100 gms toasted rice cereal

  • 50 gms milk chocolate roughly chopped

                                                                                       
                                          Preparation
  • Line a pan with baking paper

  • Place the dark chocolate and butter in a bowl over a dish with simmering water

  • Stir occasionally until chocolate and butter has melt completely and is well combined

  • Add honey and stir until well combined

  • Combine rice cereal to mixture and pour into the prepared baking dish

  • Press down and create a smooth surface

  • Melt the milk chocolate in a separate bowl and drizzle over the prepared dish

  • Set aside until chocolate sets

  • Lift slice from dish and plate it

  • Cut into small or large pieces

  • Gorge on it; we assure you that you won’t be able to stop at just one!

Time to go all out and enjoy a little chocolate game with the goodies you’ve justprepared(not part of the game but as an in-game snack). Here’s how it goes. 

It’s called Chocolate Boggle.

 Items Needed

  • Chocolate bar

  • A dice

  • Set of clothes (hat, scarf, coat, gloves and a sari)

  • A Knife and Fork

  • A Plate

  • Fellow chocolate lovers

Setting up

  • Keep the bar in its original foil and wrap with several layers of paper

  • Keep the bar on a plate

  • The participants sit in a circle

Go for it!

  • Each participant rolls the dice in turn

  • A player who rolls six will shout out “SIX!”

  • They have to dress up by putting on the items of clothing before attempting to eat the chocolate bar with a knife and fork

  • As this is going on the other players continue to roll the dice.

  • As soon as another player gets a six, the one in the centre has to stop and the new player needs to dress up and eat the chocolate with a fork and knife

  • The bar of chocolate needs to be eaten square by square until nothing is left

  • It must be cut off with the fork and knife and when lifted to the mouth the chocolate should be the only part that touches the mouth

  • The person to get the last bite is the winner and the prize (which you can decide) is given to them

  • You can add a spin to it by saying that the one who hasn’t ever rolled a six would be the one to gift the winner

 

 

 

And the thing to remember is, that this isn’t the season to count calories!



    


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