What Would A Mexican Chocolate Brownie Do To You? {Food ‘n Flix}


July 26, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson

Brownie-chocolate-microwaveWhat Would A Mexican Chocolate Brownie Do To You? {Food ‘n Flix}

I know it does “it” for me!

Especially when the Mexican chocolate contains a bit of Olé like chilli!

Thanks to Elizabeth at The Law Student’s Cookbook for inviting me back to participate in this “very fun” monthly Food ‘n Flix July Flick: Like Water for Chocolate!

Elizabeth challenged us via her blog to:
“Immerse yourself in the lives of Pedro, Tita, and the rest of the characters. Enjoy their Mexican foods, traditions, and of course, chocolate!”

Like-water-for-chocolate-film                                          Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

This month’s Like Water for Chocolate was “a tad” difficult for me as I have seen the movie and read the book and never fully “got it” or followed the entire movie despite seeing it numerous times as it contains realism and “the supernatural”; perhaps I should have read the book, then seen the movie!

I don’t know, perhaps is is just me; let’s see how we go as Like Water for Chocolate was released as a movie in 1994 and became “one of the highest grossing foreign films” in the United States.

The movie is based on Laura Esquival’s first novel, released in 1989 Como agua para chocolate translated in English as Like Water for Chocolate.

Como agua para chocolate is set during the Mexican Revolution which began in 1910 and ended in 1917.

The movie, like the book, is broken into twelve sections; one for each month and each one starts with a “traditional Mexican recipe!”

The premise (at least how I understood it) was the cook’s mood dictated “some magic” which caused whoever ate her food to have um, well, gulp, some interesting reactions.

For starters, did you know in Mexican, hot chocolate is made with water, not milk, is boiled, then chocolate is “spooned” into it?

Seeing this is a G rated blog, I will share that a person in “a state of sexual excitement” is said to be “like water for chocolate!”; hence the name of the film.

“Why was the cook “in a mood” when she cooked?”

Like-water-for-chocolate-cooking                                           Image via Color Addict

A VERY good question today!

And thanks for staying with me on this!

The plot of Like Water for Chocolate is about Tita, the youngest daughter of a Mexican family.

Her mother Mama Elena had endured “many hardships in life” and is determined her daughter will too!

She “dictates” her daughter must always serve and look after her and never marry!

A great burden on anyone, even if it is “family tradition”, eh?

Life does not always take the path we always think it will and as such, Tita “gains the attention of Pedro” who asks her mother for her hand in marriage but is denied; Pedro subsequently married Tita’s oldest sister Rosaura.

He shares with his father he married Rosaura solely to be near Tita.

Can you see where these turn of events begin to confuse me?

Tita cooks “a special” meal with rose petals Pedro has given her and Tita’s next older sister Gertrudis is “whipped into a frenzy state of lust” as she feels her temperature rise and rushes to an outdoor shower to cool off and flees into the arms of a revolutionary soldier.

In the interim, Rosaura has a child with Pedro, but is unable to breast feed her son, so Tita takes on the role “as she is able to produce breast milk.”

Seeing this “gesture” is bringing Pedro closer to Tita, Mama Elena moves Rosaura’s family to San Antonio, Texas; Tita is devastated.

It is not long before the child dies, Tita has “a breakdown” and Mama Elena sends Tita to an asylum!

Did I mention the movie is narrated by Tita’s great-niece?

Let’s just say Mama Elena dies and Tita is released from her “family tradition” obligation!

Does she then reunite with Pedro even though he is still married to her oldest sister?

Perhaps they don’t reunite, but do you think “based on their strong connection and love,” they “may” have a child of their own?

Do you think based on the circumstances, life has a way of making things worse?

Chocolate for Water is about the struggle to pursue true love and how “magically” food can enhance anyone’s moods and emotions?

What Would A Mexican Chocolate Brownie Do To You?

I don’t know about you, but after that “exhaustive” explanation (which I tried to keep simple), I could go for a Mexican Chocolate Brownie….YOU?

I am now “in the mood!”

Sometimes thoughts (and sexual excitement) is S-L-O-W; something quick; the balance of both is what I would pick!

My thoughts today suggested I wanted something chocolate, some quick and as I am passionate about using what I have on hand, I thought I would share Joanna’s Mexican Chocolate Microwave Brownie as hands up, doesn’t chocolate (and ice cream) enhance ANY mood?

Seeing, I was starting to feel a bit down in describing “the plot” of Like Water for Chocolate, I thought I would add extra Mickey sprinkles to brighten your day too!

I haven’t mentioned YET, but I made Joanna’s Mexican Chocolate Microwave Brownie with xylitol, a sugarless sugar; without the sprinkles and will be a sugarless dessert, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do to enhance YOUR mood!

How about a mini-bite?

As no recipe is an original, today’s recipe was inspired by Minute Microwave Cake by Spoonful; mine took a tad more than a minute to fully set; sense it had to do with the vegetable soup mug I used.

Vegetable soup always makes me feel better, but today I thought Joanna’s Mexican Chocolate Microwave Brownie in a mug would be “even better!”

Joanna's Mexican Chocolate Microwave Brownie
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#easy #entertaining #chocolate #brownie #film #flick #fun #xyltiol #healthy
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 1
  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 4 tablespoons xylitol (feel free to substitute sugar)
  • 3 heaping tablespoons unsweetened Mexican Chile Hot Chocolate powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  1. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  2. Add egg, milk and oil; combine well.
  3. Pour into microwave proof mug; microwave 40 seconds until fully cooked. (see Notes)
Cooking time will change depending on microwave cup used; mine took me 1 minute 30 seconds.
Note: will continue to cook for 1 minute after finished.
Used the toothpick test; came out clean.

I hope I have not overwhelmed you with the plot of Like Water for Chocolate, but instead you could enjoy Joanna’s Mexican Chocolate Microwave Brownie!

Do you like brownies?

Have you ever microwaved a brownie?

Does a brownie put you “in the mood?”

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31 thoughts on “What Would A Mexican Chocolate Brownie Do To You? {Food ‘n Flix}

  1. Such a fun and colorful brownie! It makes me happy just looking at it. (I am a big fan of the single-portion microwave dessert to keep me from eating an entire pan of them!) 😉 Great breakdown of the movie too.

  2. eliotthecat says:

    Definitely can’t go wrong with any brownie, especially one with sprinkles. I do think you might have enjoyed the movie more if you had read the book first. I really enjoyed the book more.

  3. It was definitely not a movie you could just listen to with one ear, especially since it was in subtitles LOL….I enjoyed the movie and I think I will enjoy your brownies when I try them

  4. Chocolate always does ‘it’ for me too, great contribution to this month’s flix. Hope all is well no news in a while

  5. Brownies are one of my favorite desserts, and yours sound so chocolatey delicious! I could definitely see a spark igniting…

  6. Super[Wo]man says:

    Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing at the NEW #PinFest!

  7. This is one of my all-time favourite books and the movie is just beautiful. Love your brownie recipe Joanne!

  8. I love what you created from this movie – chocolate, Mexican flavors, perfect!

  9. I’m going to have to watch this movie now, you have me so intrigued about the whole story! I usually love movies that have a food theme. I feel so bad for the couple that aren’t supposed to be together. This recipe looks so good and the sprinkles are an added bonus. I still have yet to try cooking a dessert in the microwave but I love how easy that sounds! I’ll be sharing this post today on my FB page. 🙂

    • Thanks Bernadyn as I tried to make the storyline to follow as easy as can be!
      Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments too! Thanks for the FB share and is is lovely to meet you!

  10. Amira says:

    What a complicated story!!! this is such a mean mother!! how could she do that?… I haven’t seen the movie before or even heard of it. Your brownies looks so easy to make and delicious.

    • Thanks Amira and glad I was and am not the only one! I guess when it comes to family traditions, respect for the old-fashioned way of doing things, runs very deep! I tried to simplify the plot, but I think it is more fun to simply enjoy the Mexican Chocolate Brownie! 🙂

  11. theninjabaker says:

    Now there is a mug of chocolate I could really go for, Joanne! I’ve never microwaved a brownie…But there is always a first =)

    P.s. Thanks for the refresher on the plot of the ever so popular Water Like Chocolate.

    P.s.2. I like your Joanne magic of Mickey Mouse and sprinkles =)

  12. I still haven’t seen that movie-I’m really missing out I think!

  13. I love the chile and chocolate combo in these brownies. I’m going to be looking for that that next time I’m grocery shopping! Sprinkles are so festive here!!

  14. taranoland says:

    Your brownie looks great, yum!!

  15. babso2you says:

    Nice looking brownie! I think that this movie has to do with how your state of mind as you cook gets infused into the food that you create. I know that when I am in the kitchen, if I am not happy about something in my life that the food is not as good as it is when I am happy. Be well my friend! ^..^

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