A beautiful mind: Pork Mole

My friend Charlotte has a mother who has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. This in itself is not unusual, as 1 in 10 people are expected to get Alzheimer’s in their lifetime. A frankly horrifying statistic.

What is unusual is that Charlotte has chosen to share her story, and to write about the ways that we can possible stave off this terrible disease by making some small changes to the way we live and eat.

Her blog is called A Beautiful Mind. I highly recommend you read it. Her story is powerful, emotional, raw, confronting, and definitely worth reading.


A mole (pronounced mo-lay) is a Mexican sauce that features a small amount of dark chocolate. Chocolate is packed with antioxidants, and the darker the better. The chocolate in a savoury sauce is not as odd as it sounds. In this sauce it takes on a rich, earthy quality, with little of the sweetness in the original product.

2 Tbsp olive oil2017-03-31 17.09.29 v1
1kg pork shoulder, cut into 5cm chunks
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin seeds
2 tsp ground coriander seeds
1 tsp ground chilli powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sweet paprika
440g tinned crushed tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
40g extra dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids or more)
Salt/pepper to season

  1. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy pan. Fry pork pieces until very brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add extra oil to the pan if required and saute onion, garlic and green chilli until soft.
  3. Add cumin, coriander, chilli powder and cinnamon and fry briefly until fragrant.
  4. Add chicken stock, tomatoes and paprika, bring to the boil and return pork to the pan.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until pork is very tender (about 1 hour).
  6. Remove pork from the pan and set aside to cool.
  7. Add chocolate to the sauce and cook until chocolate has melted and sauce thickened.
  8. Shred pork with two forks, and return to the pan. Heat through.
  9. Taste and season with salt and pepper if required.
  10. Serve with warmed tortillas, cooked rice, sour cream, chopped fresh coriander and lime wedges.

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