I've arrived back in London and despite spending half the time panicking what-am-I-doing-with-my-life (please tell me I am not the only one) I have also spent a lot of time searching for the best pastry shops and bakeries in town, so thats great fun! Not just for me but for anyone who reads this blog.
So, we've all been following Jamie Oliver's campaign for a sugar tax on sugary drinks for a while.
A new article in the Evening Standard written by Rosund Urwin on 22 October outlined, very rightly, how the nation is addicted to sugar. In "A tax alone won't curb the nation's sugar addiction" Urwin highlights how the sheer amount of promotions on sweets and chocolate makes anyone tempted to overload. She's right, it's a lot cheaper to eat Maltesers for breakfast than fruit salad and nourishing yourself on Drumsticks and Double Lollies has never been so easy. For a kid who gets a fiver pocket money a week and does maths at school knows that a bag of Flakes a day can get you through the week Monday- Friday until your parents give you some more nutritional snacks on the weekend. (Or not.)
It turns out that the chapter I'm at in the book I'm reading is titled "L'eclair au Chocolat" and I am not sure if it was entirely coincidental that I walked into a deli and coffee shop who are proud to promote themselves as being elected "the best chocolate eclair in Paris 2015."
The art of dining is not hard to master,
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be dined that their sugar may not be caster.
What's great about living in Paris now is that I'm at home but also a tourist at the same time. What's great about feeling like a tourist is it enables you to view places with an outsiders eye; constantly mesmerised and wanting to discover more.
Where to start in regards to my new little invention of crumbly, buttery, delicate shortbread with white chocolate whipped mascarpone ganache and pickled ginger?