When Magnum first 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)!