My last day in London saw a petite réunion of some of our little crew who formulated in France a couple of years ago. Alex (my Nantes housemate with whom I shared many a moment of delirium during the seven months) and I took a trip to Selfridges one Saturday morning. And you know what Selfridges means.. Selfridges Food Hall.. an emporium of the world’s finest food in one magical place!
After dawdling past the Pie Minster stand, taking a pause to sample and purchase for later, we made our way to the Willy Wonka worthy sweet area. First stop was good old Pierre Hermé. Now, when meandering around Paris for macaroons, Gala and I walked a solid twenty minutes in search of this artisan macaroon maker only to purchase one single macaroon. But how it was worth it.. named ‘Mogador‘, this macaroon was chocolate flavoured with a tangy passion fruit zest to cut through the creaminess. Here in London I tried the same again and it did not disappoint. Now, the person to whom we owe our thanks for working very hard to launch this name into Selfridges is actually a lady who I had the pleasure of working with at Marks & Spencer’s last week in the Dessert Buying Team. I therefore sent her a personal thank you for making these bites of heaven accessible to all who come to Selfridges! Thank you Carrie!
Next was a very special meeting with our favourite chocolatier.. Chloe Watt, another of our motley crew that assembled in Nantes. Chloe’s family has recently become involved in the Sir Hans Sloane chocolate company. A little history lesson, Hans Sloane was an Irish physician who encountered cocoa on his travels in Jamaica. He was given a hot chocolate to try mixed with water, with which upheld was not impressed at all. He therefore decided to experiment a little and mix the cocoa with milk, brought the recipe back to England, and the rest is history!
On this particular morning Chloe was selling chocolate praline slabs which can be decorated as one pleases (with a personal message written beautifully in pure white chocolate). The slab base was built from a layer of smooth milk chocolate, followed by a thick layer of praline, and finished with another layer of chocolate. A truffle but in sandwich form I guess! It was absolutely divine and definitely one for tasting! Alex and I caught up with our amie whilst sneakily helping Chloe whittle down the large pile of chocolate to taste. It was great to see her in action, competing with Godiva next door, and she did a jolly good job, we were sold! Merci Chloe and sorry for stealing your samples!!
That’s quite enough for one morning in Selfridges, à la prochaine (until next time)…
Sir Hans Sloane website: http://www.sirhanssloane.com/