Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Easter: treat yourself to fine chocolate

You've got to love Easter. It's an especially long bank holiday weekend – good food, drink and company and the chance to relax. And, of course, there's chocolate. On Good Friday, after enjoying hot cross buns for breakfast, I headed out to Borough Market to catch up with a friend and her baby. Returning home, I had to make a little detour to the Angel for some important shopping.

I had to visit my favourite chocolate shop, Paul A Young to pick a few little Easter treats. So far, we haven't enjoyed them all – we have yet to turn our attention to my husband's wine inspired treat (he's always sickeningly self-controlled), but we've already had mine – utterly gorgeous to look at and perhaps my most delicious Easter egg ever.

It was a couple of inches tall, exquisitely decorated and made of fruity tasting dark Madagascan chocolate, filled with salted caramel and a pistachio foam. A work of art.

I can't remember precisely what it cost as I've lost the receipt, but it was probably about £5 – I spent the same amount in Sainbury's for three standard Cadbury Easter eggs. Indulgent, yes, but this was like having a Fabergé egg that you can eat. But it's gone now. At least there's hubbie's Château Civrac 2006 Ganache Grapes still lurking in the cupboard and a packet of Lindor mini eggs left over from our Easter egg hunt. Great stuff.

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