This week I caught up with an old university mate. Dave is now Pure Wild Spirits and I’ve been working on some truffles based on their Freya Birch Spirit, which is stunning. They’ve recently launched a Freya Woodsmoke, which is a fabulous addition to the range and I’m looking forward to coming up with some ideas for that one. My initial project will be to do a truffle with just the spirit and chocolate, so the challenge is to find the right chocolate to pair with it. This will involve tasting plenty of chocolate and Freya Woodsmoke (sigh) at some point.
We also had a good ole reminisce over university days, which are allegedly 30 years ago, although I think we might have mis-calculated that as it can’t possibly be 30 years ago that we were causing havoc around Norwich on our weekly pub crawls. Those were the days when Norwich had a pub for every day and a church for every Sunday and I’m proud to say I visited every pub at least once. The churches, not so much. Hangovers were a brief interlude which were generally gone by the end of breakfast and not the 3 day nightmare they have now become. Eating out was limited to a post-pub kebab as you tried to stretch your student grant out for an entire year. I do vaguely remember some lectures and tutorials happening as well ….