Sunday, November 06, 2005

Remember, remember the 5th of November...

...For my first meeting with other UK food bloggers. A rendezvous set up by Sam of Becks Posh Nosh (Sam is a Brit abroad, but she was in the UK over the last few days along with boyfriend Fred), so a big THANK-YOU is due to her! Nine of us (ten including Fred) met in Gordon's Wine Bar, just off the Strand in central London. We all enjoyed a glass or two of wine together, and a chat. I was delighted to meet Andrew of Spittoon (thank-you for your nice comments about my fledgling site), Celia of English Patis, Christina of The Thorngrove Table, Jeanne of Cook Sister, Johanna of Passionate Cook, Keiko of Nordljus, Nick (Monkey Gland) of Jam Faced, and of course Sam and Fred.

Sam very kindly bought us all a gift all the way from San Francisco. A sampling of two exquisite chocolates from chocolatier Michael Recchiuti. This was such a nice thing to do that I thought the chocolates deserved some blog space to themselves.

First, there was the cute little box (the best things come in these...):



Then the box opened to reveal its delectable contents:



Burnt Caramel, Michael Recchiuti's signature flavour. His initials decorate this chocolate:



So I made myself an espresso - a suitably dark and bitter flavoured companion to this chocolate:



Then one thing led to another - the second chocolate is Lemon Verbena infused ganache, enrobed in a delicate shell of bittersweet chocolate:



Dammit, where did they go?

12 comments:

Jeanne said...

Hi Anna!
It was a pleasure meeting you for the first time on Saturday - and an even greater pleasure to peruse your blog. At last - somebody who writes posts as long and detailed as mine! ;-) And what gorgeous photos! I will most definitely be back and hope to see you at more of our future blogger get-togethers.

Monkey Gland said...

Most excellent to meet you too!

Sam said...

so cute!
I was secretly hoping someone would blog the chocolates!

ilva said...

so which was the nicest of the chocolates? I wouldn't mind trying the Lemon verbena one!!

chanit said...

What a great Blog ! Thank you ;)

anna said...

Mmm. I think I liked the burnt caramel best. Although both were very special. The chocolate used to enrobe (great word, great idea) the ganache is very fine, so that you bite through a delicate chocolate shell before your teeth sink into the luscious, deeply flavoured centre. Definitely grown-up chocolates.

Hi Chanit, thanks for the positive comment! Very kind.

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Most excellent to meet you too! have a nice day and may GOD always blessing you anna...

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Ahh they sound lovely, could do with a coffee and chocolate right now!

Jess said...

Really lovely looking chocolates, I hope to catch you at the next meet!

Jack said...

Wonderful post, these look delicious and I think you should share them all with us!

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Very adult chocolates indeed, they were out of this world!