Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Fix

One thing led to another and now we're hooked. About six weeks ago I purchased a bar of Lindt Fleur de Sel chocolate from a promotional display. The first hit resulted in pure pleasure; unexpected crunches of delicate Fleur de Sel crystals enveloped in 47% dark chocolate excellence caused a frenzy in our mouths. It went so well with our bottle of Merlot and disappeared before one could say, "It's even better than sex!".

Not as readily available as some of the other varieties, it made for several weeks of some serious withdrawal symptoms. Desperate and determined, I was elated when I finally found a supply at the Lindt Boutique at Sears on Robson Street. Now the challenge remains on how to ration these fine pieces of chocolate goodness.

Recently, Jesee and I were both invited to be guest judges for a Mediterranean "throw-down" that included some tasty dishes of Chicken Marsala, Lamb Tagine and Greek Chicken Estofado to name a few. Since we were with a group of fellow foodies, we knew they would be worthy of one of our precious bars of chocolate. As expected - another addict, maybe even two were created.

As a young child, Jesee was taught to collect his own sea salt by filling a cotton handkerchief that was placed into the concave surface of a large rock with sea water. Choosing a rock with maximum sun exposure will speed up the evaporation process, leaving one with a glistening salty treasure upon their return at the end of the day.

Needless to say, Fleur de Sel is a staple in our kitchen, but we also stock Murray River and Maldon sea salts, as each has it's own place in Jesee's ever growing repertoire.

While surfing around for recipes that marry the flavours of sea salt and chocolate, I came across celebrity chef, Rob Feenie's recipe for Chocolate Fleur de Sel Meringues. This definitely tops the list for quick and easy desserts, but for something that requires a little more skill, you may want to try Thomas Haas' Chocolate Caramel with Fleur De Sel. Both are sure to feed the need for the next fix.