When Magnumfirst asked me to write about my most indulgent fantasy, I couldn’t decide on the topic! I mean, first of all it’s about indulgence and secondly, it’s a fantasy! Oh, where do I begin?!
I was torn between a dream vacation, the house of my dreams, a wedding, a gastronomy holiday (where we’d fly to the UK and visit The Fat Duck and then to Spain and dine with Ferran Adrià at El Bulli)!
And there you have it, when you put those two words together for a foodie, ‘indulgent’ and ‘fantasy’, that is what you’re going to end up with, a ‘round the world gastronomy’ trip, dining at the finest restaurants and meeting the famous celebrity chefs.
And so, I wake up one morning and decide on the spur of the moment that I was to fly to France and taste desserts by the legendary Pierre Hermé, King of Macarons. When I got there, the macarons were growing from the beautiful trees all the way down the avenue of Champs-Élysées. I plucked them and ate them as I was walking, enjoying the colours and taste of the macarons which were truly magical. Unknown to myself, I had arrived on Macaron Day (hence the trees were decorated with edible macarons in honour of the day)!
As I continue my stroll down the Seine River, I noticed to my immense delight, the river was full of ever changing colours! As I dipped my hand into the water, I realised that it wasn’t water at all, but flowing jelly! Different sections of the river were made to taste differently. Who would dare such mischievous delight? Ahhh… I spot them, the two boys grinning mischievously at this delightful river jelly concoction, Bompas and Parr!
I scoop as much as I can and drink my fill from the Jelly River of Seine. On a wonderful sugar high, I continue on, in my journey of indulgence.
I attend a Hervé This lecture at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique and see his passion come through in his demonstrations and experiments. He spends a lot of his time asking rhetorical questions that only he can answer. It’s not every day you get to see the Father of Molecular Gastronomy in action!
Fabulously enough, I was sitting right next to Heston Blumenthal (owner of The Fat Duck) and he invited me back to Bray to dine at his restaurant! What luck!
In a blink of an eye, I was being served sardine ice-cream followed by bacon and eggs ice-cream. Amazingly delicious and what I’ve always wanted to try ever since I was a young child reading Enid Blyton books.
And whilst I was being so indulgent, I then fly to the U.S. of A. to visit Thomas Keller, where he would have been expecting my arrival with a beautifully made lunch starting with an appetiser of Beluga caviar and the finest grade of foie gras (humanely obtained).
Course after course comes upon our table and we indulge like the good foodies we are. The last course is an immensely rich chocolate parfait obtained from the finest cacao beans from South America.
Satisfied and full, I leave the premises and start making my journey home.
Does this sound too good to be true? Why yes, of course, this is but an indulgent fantasy, and a good one at that (with no weight gain!), if I must say so myself.
So the above didn’t really happen (except in my own head) and it was all make belief.
What is true, however, is this wonderful Magnum challenge. What you will have to do is play the game (that’s easy!), and leave a comment on my blog answering, “What will you indulge in with $1000?” (just a tiny ‘lil wee bit harder!).
The most creative reader response (as judged by the wonderful people at Magnum) across all participating blogs in this campaign, will win themselves $1000!!!
So what are you waiting for? Put on your thinking cap, get those creative juices flowing and take part now!
Terms & Conditions of Entry:
• Play the Magnum dice game and try to obtain the highest score possible
• Leave your highest score and answer the question,”What will you indulge in with $1000?” in a comment. (The comment must include your preferred contact [blog URL, Twitter or E-mail Address))
• Competition period is running from November 24 until midday on Tuesday December 14, 2010
• The winner will be the entry deemed most creative across all 23 blogs taking part in this campaign (See Terms and Conditions for full list)
• The winner of the $1,000 prize will be announced on Friday December 17, 2010