Last Friday, the first episode showed Steve Brosnan being brought under Derren Brown’s infamous powers as he was convinced there’d been a meteorite storm, and he was one of a handful of survivors left on earth. A sort of 28 Days Later scenario – only poor old Brosnan’s not watching it from the sofa, he’s living it.
No doubt the programme is going to take an even darker turn tonight, with the promise of zombies, lunacy and the general kind of behaviour you might expect if you’d been conned into thinking that the world was ending. Well-timed given that it’s also the night of the 3,500 year-old Aztec ritual commemorating the dead. Traditional festivities involve dancing in calacas (wooden skull masks), and eating sugar skulls embossed with the names of the deceased.
So this week’s TV Dinner isn’t so much of a dinner, but something warm and cosy to help get you through the last evening in the ‘haunting season’. This Mexican hot chocolate, or champurrado, tastes different to European variety – grown up, thick and spicier. The perfect drink to get you through the terrifying final episode of Derren Brown’s most disturbing stunt yet.
Heat three quarters of the milk in one pan. When it starts to simmer, break the chocolate into segments and add to the hot milk.
Whisk the masa harina into the remaining cold milk, to form a smooth paste.
Slowly pour the masa harina mixture into the hot chocolate-milk. Continue stirring over a low heat until it reaches the desired consistency.
Pour into four mugs, and garnish with an optional pinch of cayenne pepper and one stick of Mexican cinnamon – as you use it to stir the champurrado, the cinnamon stick will continue to release its warm, comforting flavours.