DC: “Like Water for Chocolate” (“Como Agua Para Chocolate”) is all about the romance of food. I had previously watched the film, and wanted to share it with my dear Little Spoon (LC), because I knew that we would both be touched by the love of food and the family themes in the film. In spirit of the film, we were inspired to cook a traditional Mexican meal together for our first #MoviesForFoodies adventure!
LC: Our goal was to make something simple, fun, and as authentic as possible that we could munch on and enjoy, while watching the film. Soooo… we decided on Quick ‘N Easy Chorizo Tacos topped with “Ring The Alarm” Three-Pepper Pico and Silky Creamy Crema.
- 1 lb chorizo (casings removed)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
- hot Mexican-style chili powder, to taste
- 1/2 of a large red onion, diced
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- chopped green onion, for garnish
- Rinse and chop cilantro
- Dice half of a red onion, then saute in olive oil on medium heat
- Remove casings from chorizo, and add to sauteeing onions
- Add garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and hot Mexican-style chili powder
- Mince and cook until brown
- Serve hot atop corn tortillas
- Add cilantro, green onions, our Spicy Three Pepper pico, and Silky Creamy Crema, and/or desired toppings and garnish
- 6 - 8 roma tomatoes, finely diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
- 1 serrano pepper, diced
- 1 habanero pepper, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 small lime, juiced
- 1/2 white onion, finely diced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- cup of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- Rinse cilantro, tomatoes, and peppers
- Dice, chop, and mince ingredients, as per recipe
- Combine in bowl
- Refrigerate overnight
- For those who like it spicy, stir in fresh habanero peppers right before serving. If you're on the milder side, use peppers at your own discretion, and/or omit habaneros. It's tasty either way!
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- pinch of salt
- Combine sour cream and heavy cream in bowl and stir in pinch of salt and juice of lime
- Cover with plastic wrap and set out at room temperature, prior to serving
DC: In the film, “Like Water for Chocolate,” the main character, Tita, is the youngest daughter of a Mexican family at the turn of the 20th century. Unfortunately for Tita, a strict family tradition obligates her to take care of her mother for the rest of her life. This dooms her to a life that can never include marriage or having children of her own. Inspired by her maid, Nacha, Tita learns the meticulous methods of cooking and the importance of expressing herself through her food. The saga that ensues is one of passion, suspense, humor, twists, turns, and every emotion imaginable.
LC: While watching the movie, I immediately connected with Tita. Throughout the movie, she took her dreadful circumstances and transformed her sorrow into a passion for cooking. The kitchen was Tita’s escape, and she used this time to not only connect with Nacha and her recipes, but to use her cooking to convey her feelings. With Tita, every chop, every stir, every dash is motivated by love and infused with emotions.
DC: Don’t get it twisted; this movie is tons of fun, and there’s plenty of humorous moments to keep it light and enjoyable. I really loved the way that food was used as a metaphor throughout the entire film. As the story simmers, food is always at the center of each dramatic plot twist. Tita’s dishes were delightful, and if it wasn’t for our Quick ‘N Easy Chorizo Tacos, I would’ve had to find a way to zap myself into the movie screen.
We’ll leave all the JUICY details for you to discover on your own, but it is DEFINITELY a must-see.
Score: 4.25 / 5
“Like Water for Chocolate” is available for streaming on Netflix.