I went to London to see the Queen ... I missed her as I got caught swooning over her Diamond collection ... and then the powers that be decided enough was enough and off we went for Tea on the Terrace.
|The Palace's mini version of the cake Prince William|
requested at his wedding.
Tea was that chocolate cake!! Jealous anyone? A golden platter of chocolate digestive biscuit, topped with a very chocolate mousse, small fragments of digestive crumbs mixed in, coated in a chocolate ganache, topped with cocoa powder ...and crowned with a chocolate button, imprinted with a golden crown.
|Buckingham Palace with its Tea Terrace|
It was delicious, oh! mouth wateringly delicious – I can still feel the taste of that gooey rich dark chocolate melting in my mouth ... exceedingly rich ... we ‘shared’ three tea-time fancies ... well if you go for tea with the Queen – you don’t miss out do you! Patience is a virtue – the rest of the day will come with my Diamond post ... sorreeeee – today is for chocolate lovers.
Now I go back a few decades ... to chocolates ... when we were children we often spent evenings playing cards, learning new games and whiling away happy hours as a family ... our ‘treat’ was a box of Newmans chocolates hovering in the background – brought out for greedy paws to dip into and savour ...
|Violet petals ready for crystalising|
Newmans must have been one of the first ‘pick your own selection’ and pay by weight chocolate shops ... ours was in London and my father would stop off and make his selection before returning to the Surrey countryside (as it was then).
The ones I remember that were different to those we tend to get today – were the quintessentially Victorian treat of rose and violet flavoured fondant creams, with a sugared rose or violet petal atop them ....
|Rose and Violet Creams|
... do I eat the petal first, or take the petal off to eat after the chocolate has melted away ... big decisions for a child – I’m sure I kept the petal to savour not long afterwards ... as children chocolate doesn’t last does it.
Chocolate childhood cake requests ... certainly would have soothed my soul ... many memories there ...
The interesting thing this morning while drafting up this post – I was drinking my morning coffee – yet my brain was telling me it was chocolate, except the taste was coffee ... quite disorienting briefly – I’ve never experienced that sensation before.
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