Living as we do on the very crux of the nucleus at the epicentre of the heart of London’s fashionable East End*, we are lucky to be a brisk Lambeth walk away from the Smokery and epicurean nirvana that is Forman & Field. We were therefore rightly chuffed when they got in touch and asked if we’d like to sample a box of their l’Artisan du Chocolat Couture Chocolates in return for this modest link: Chocolate gifts.
Blue spots = Lavender
‘Made from artisanal miel de lavande and lavender buds, a taste of summer.’
We are no strangers to this particular brand of hand-crafted chocolates as last year Blogger-D received a generously-sized box from her boss as part of her yuletide goodie bag. In fact so impressed were we that we hastened to the l’Artisan du Chocolat, handed over a considerable amount of money and left with the bulk of the Christmas presents given to yumblog family and friends.
Yellow spirals = Coriander praline
‘Hazelnuts with a citrus hint from crushed coriander seeds.’
Looking like exquisite little mosaic tiles, each chocolate is coded with a distinctive pattern to indicate which flavour from the extensive range of 45 lurks within. This smaller box doesn’t come with the booklet with the key to crack this code, so you can either download this chart or leave it to chance and try to guess which particular flavour it is you are sampling… not easy as the flavourings can be subtle as well as unusual.
Green Slashes = Moroccan Mint
‘An infusion of fresh Moroccan mint leaves. Reminiscent of the best mint teas.’
Incidentally, these chocolates arrived fresh and in perfect condition as Forman & Field had thoroughly packaged them in an ice-filled polystyrene cool box.
Forman & Field
Stour Road, Fish Island,
London E3 2NT
T: 020 8525 2352
* Bethnal Green was recently covered in the Guardian’s Weekend Magazine ‘Let’s move to’ feature. Full credit to the photographer for managing to find an angle of the High Street which didn’t contain the gaudy fascia of a fried chicken franchise.