I’m becoming more and more of a magpie, like a deranged Elizabeth Taylor. It’s been aggravated by a recent visit to see the crown jewels at The Tower of London. So many gold sceptres, gold spoons and that enormous Koh-i-Noor Indian diamond set in the Queen Mother’s crown…
Due to an inability to purchase real-life gold, sparkly food and drink will have to do as a substitute. Gold becomes more ubiquitous as we approach the festive season – first, the vark on Brick Lane, and then the delicate gold leaf atop chocolate truffles, or a Christmas glass of golden brandy.
Goldschläger once gave gold-laced food and drink a bad name, but the mood is changing. Just look at the artisanal French lemonade made from Jura water with such elegant, teeny gold flecks, or the Willy Wonka-esque golden wrapper of Marou chocolate. I’m all for it. In fact, I’m tempted to treat myself to a can of Esslack gold spray, to bring some decadence to more weekday dinners.
From top left, clockwise:
- Courvoisier XO Cognac, The Whisky Exchange, £70.95
- Esslack gold spray for food by Deli Garage, Harvey Nichols, £24.95
- Mehron gold metallic powder, Treasure House of Makeup, £6.85
- Marou 76% single origin chocolate bar, Selfridges, £9.99
- Lyle’s Golden Syrup, Ocado, £1.15
- Elixia Or Limonade Artisanale, Le Jura Chez Vous, €3,60