Saturday, February 14, 2009

Combustion, Cupid & Orange Twists of Fate

Painting: Intertwined by FiddleFern at Deviant Art

"As you see, within our bodies each of us has the elements needed to produce phosphorous. And let me tell you something I've never told a soul. My grandmother had a very interesting theory; she said each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves; just as in the experiment, we need oxygen and a candle to help. In this case, the oxygen, for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle could be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches. For a moment we are dazzled by the intense emotion. A pleasant warmth grows within us, fading slowly as time goes by, until a new explosion comes along to revive it. Each person has to discover what will set off those explosions in order to live, since the combustion that occurs when one of them is ignited is what nourishes the soul. That fire, in short, is its food. If one doesn't find out in time what will set off these explosions, the box of matches dampens, and not a single match will ever be lighted. If that happens, the soul flees from the body and goes to wander among the deepest shades, trying in vain to find food to nourish itself, unaware that only the body it left behind, cold and defenseless, is capable of providing that food."
Laura Esquivel
Source: Like Water for Chocolate : A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies, Page: 115

Valentines & Sex under the Snow Moon
Chocolate Spice Martini

2 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz GranGala Triple Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
2 oz light cream
dash of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of black pepper
orange twist and dash of cinnamon or a roll of shaved dark chocolate for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with an orange twist and sprinkling of cinnamon or roll of shaved dark chocolate.


Neve Black said...

One of my all time favorite books and I don't always say this, but they did a hell of good job translating the story into film.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Erobintica said...

It's been so long since I read that book - time to add it to the pile.

That drink sounds wonderful.

We just had crepes with strawberries and whipped cream for breakfast (yes, late breakfast).

Happy Valentine's Day!

Donna said...

Oh, my, what a treat for the body and soul. The martini sounds delicious and I've never read Like Water For Chocolate. I think I have to!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Kirsten Monroe said...

Hi Neve,

I agree -- wonderful book and just as magical movie!

Robin, yes, add it to the pile! Your breakfast sounds dreamy! We had a dogpile of teenagers here last night for a sleepover (thankfully I learned early on not to call it a slumber party) -- I had to open up the chuckwagon this morning. It wasn't very romantic, but I just love feeding those boys.

Donna, oh wow, you have read it and watch the movie!

Chocolate hearts to all of you!

BadAssKona said...

May your matches never dampen, and may you find the oxygen you need! Happy Valentine's Day! I'm running to the liquor store, now....

BadAssKona said... the painting!!

Kirsten Monroe said...

Hi BAK, thanks! Hope the martini is tasty!

candy hearts & lovely thoughts to you too!