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Croissant and Drinking Chocolate

Bonjour! It’s double feature day!  Continuing on our Oscar-themed week, I am combining two films that take place in Paris: “Hugo” and “Midnight in Paris”. 

“Hugo” is based on the young reader’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”.  My daughter read the book and really enjoyed it.  It’s not your average children’s book.  It is quite unique.  It’s worth checking out.  The movie does it justice and then some.  If seen in 3D it’s a wonderful experience. 

“Midnight in Paris” is also a lovely movie set in the city of Paris.  Woody Allen wrote the screen play for it years ago. His sister told him there wasn’t an audience for it and because the taxes were so high in France he shelved the screen play.  After the taxes were lifted, Woody set about completing his project.  (Can I take a moment here to say how much I adore Owen Wilson? Thanks.)

Both films embrace the dream and romance of Paris.  Yet they are very different.  To celebrate Paris through food one has a plethora of options.  Part of the deep long history of France’s culture involves its cuisine. And while some dishes are uniquely French because of their complexity, at the same time the most simple foods also represent France’s uncomplicated and unrushed lifestyle.  To honor that, I have chosen the croissant accompanied by a delicate cup of drinking chocolate. 

If you think this is the part where I demonstrate homemade croissants then, désolé, you are reading the wrong blog.  HA! I wish I had the skill for that.  Aahhh, c’est la vie.  I am relegated to purchasing my croissants.  Our local bakeries make fine croissants. 

I will, however, share a recipe for drinking chocolate.  This recipe comes from Ezra Pound Cake.   (Feel free to tweek and substitute. Find what you like.)

Drinking Chocolate:

2 1/2 c whole milk

4 ounces 99% unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/3 c sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp cayenne papper (optional)

In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk until it is ot to the touch.  Whisk in the chocolate and sugar and continue whisking for 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.  Whisk in the vanilla, cinnamon and cayenne.  Reduce the heat to low and serve immediately.

Il faut jouir de la vie