Porcini & chocolate risotto

by admin | April 1st, 2009 

porcinirisottoServes 4


4-5 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

100g dried porcini mushrooms

25g butter

250g arborio rice

1 litre hot chicken or vegetable stock

2 tbsp cacao, finely grated Parmesan, to serve


1 Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion and garlic and fry over a gentle heat until soft.

2 Place the porcini in a small bowl and cover with boiling water to rehydrate.

3 Drop the butter into the pan. Stir in the rice.

4 Add the porcini and the soaking liquid. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the liquid is absorbed.

5 Add a ladleful of stock and simmer, stirring again, until the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is plump and tender. Stir in the cacao. Season and serve with grated Parmesan.

Cocoa Butter

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by admin | March 2nd, 2009 

cocoa butter
We have been contacted by a few customers , asking the possibilities of supplying pure Cocoa Butter. Unfortunately due to the 100% Cocoa Bars using all the ingredients of the Cocoa Pod. We do cannot provide this as a product.

Cocoa Butter seems to be reviewed for removing stretch marks due to its highly concentrated natural fats. It also seems to be recommended for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Recent research indicates that massaging the skin with cocoa butter may help relieve stress, boost the immune system, and even prevent cancer. This is because cocoa butter, like chocolate, contains a lot of CMP “Cocoa mass polyphenol” for the Heston Blumenthal types out there!

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Willie’s Perfect Chocolate Christmas

by admin | December 15th, 2008 

A Christmas Special has been announced on Wednesday December 17, 9pm, Channel 4

Eccentric chocolatier Willie Harcourt-Cooze hits our screens with a Christmas special, packed with chocolaty goodness

Having successfully set up their ‘wonky’ chocolate factory in Devon, Willie, Tania and their three children return for a festive foodie extravaganza. The show celebrates the perfect family Christmas from the family’s Devon home.

Willie will be taking care of the menu for the holiday season, preparing a series of mouth watering chocolate-themed recipes, both sweet and savoury.
On the (chocolate) menu

Expect boozy chocolate mince pies, a classic chocolate tart and an entire lamb cooked rather adventurously underground. He also demonstrates some perfect party treats for entertaining friends including a quince chocolate cheese and a chocolate and clementine cheesecake.

He’ll be suggesting a rather unusual stuffing for the turkey on the big day, made from chestnuts, pancetta and of course Willie’s favourite ingredient: chocolate.
And Willie’s wife….

While Willie’s busy in the kitchen, Tania will transform their Devon home into a winter wonderland, handcrafting everything from wreaths to Christmas tree decorations and advent calendars. Plus, there’s a chance for viewers to catch up on Willie’s progress as he continues his dream to produce the UK’s finest chocolate and to convert viewers to eating better quality confectionery.

Watch Willie’s Perfect Chocolate Christmas, Wednesday December 17, 9pm, Channel 4

Can I take this opportunity to Wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year from the team at venezuelan-black.co.uk

Chili con Cocoa

by admin | December 14th, 2008 

Serves 14

Here is a fantastic, canie-friendly variation of the much loved Chili con Carnie. Add some much needed Cocoa love to your already fantastic classic recipes!


* 1/4 cup vegetable oil
* 1 Sliced Garlic
* 1 chopped onion
* 2 lbs. ground beef or ground turkey
* 50g Grated venezuelan-black
* 2 tablespoons chili powder
* 2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 7 cups whole tomatoes, undrained
* 1-1/3 cups tomato paste
* 1 cup water
* 3 cups dark red kidney beans, undrained
* Plain Rice


1. Heat oil over medium heat in large saucepan; add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 minutes or until tender. Add meat, cook until brown. Drain.

2. Stir in cocoa, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, allspice, cinnamon, tomatoes with liquid, tomato paste and water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat. Add beans; simmer 30 minutes.

3. Ladle chili (about 1 cup each) into prepared bread bowls. Garnish as desired.

Cocoa Shot

by admin | December 14th, 2008 

What about some fantastic Cocoa Pripulsion in the morning with a Cocoa Shot! Not only does this start the day with a great boost of energy but the antioxidants in cocoa helps your heart by keeping your blood vessels relaxed, thus easing blood pressure and helping circulation.


1 part cacao
2 or 3 parts water, depending on desired thickness
a little honey or preferred sweetener


Grate the cacao and melt it into the water. once the water and cacao boil they emulsify. add a little more water if you like it thinner. then add a little honey to taste or your preferred type of sweetener.



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