The magic of food, therefore, is in its contribution to making the moment unforgettable.

Rumour has it that the ancient Aztecs drank up to 50 goblets of chocolate a day to improve their sexual prowess. We don’t advise going quite that far, but feeding each other chocolate dipped strawberries is a pretty good way to end the day!

Ingredients

(for two people)
125ml double cream;
1/2 small, fresh red chilli, finely chopped;
125g best quality dark chocolate;
100g strawberries;
1 kiwi, 1/2 papaya,1 seedless tangerine.

Preparation

Wash the strawberries and pat dry. Peel the other fruit and cut into small chunks or slices and arrange on a pretty plate.

Break the chocolate into small pieces. In a small, thick-bottomed fondue pot, heat the cream until it is about to boil. Remove from heat and leave for a minute. Add the chocolate and stir well until the chocolate has melted completely and you have a thick, creamy liquid. If the chocolate doesn’t fully melt, place the fondue pot over a low heat, but do not allow mixture to boil as this will cause it to curdle.

At the dinner table, place fondue pot over a low flame and stir chocolate every so often to keep the mixture homogeneous. Feed each other mouthfuls of chocolate-dipped fruit and enjoy that mild burning sensation. (We’re talking of the chilli-infused chocolate, of course).