Thursday, 28 March 2013

I am the Egg Man!

I am very particular when it comes to Easter eggs and with the bank holiday weekend nearly upon us I thought it high time I went shopping for some yummy ellipsoid gifts. I popped on my imaginary Easter bonnet, grabbed my basket and with a spring in my step I gambled off to one of my favourite chocolatiers in London.

Tucked away in Belgravia is the four time winner of Best British Chocolatier award, William Curley. William and Suzue Curley's credentials speak for themselves. William perfected his refined patissier craft working in Michelin starred establishments with Pierre Koffman, Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc and Anton Edelman and Suzue is renown for having hosted the legendary afternoon teas in London's Savoy hotel.

Quite often we take a sharp detour to visit the boutique on Ebury Street to grab an indulgent hot chocolate in the Winter, or in the summer for one of their divine ice creams or on the weekend to enjoy the absolutely incredible dessert bar or about three o'clock on a Wednesday to grab some biscuits for tea. You get the idea!

Upon returning laden with my loot, I went to eggstra-ordinary lengths to float this badboy on water for the photograph above. Naturally I also had to carry out the demanding job of quality control, so I took a hammer to it and found no shortage of willing volunteers to join me in my delicious assessment. 

What will your indulgence be this Easter weekend?

William Curley
198 Ebury Street
London SW1
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  1. Time with family...
    My new granddaughter...
    Delicious Turkey and Banana Cream Pie...
    Have a great Easter!!!

    Linda :o)

  2. It's always fun to discover all of the best places to eat and shop in London through you Paul. I will enjoy visiting this place in London to have some hot chocolate, ice cream or some chocolates. Wow, four times winner. They must be really that good... Enjoy all of your choc sweet indulgences! Happy Easter! :)

    1. I find that after one of William's delicious ice creams, I need one of his yummy hot chocolates to warm me up again Pamela;)

  3. And there was Paul's Easter egg, floating on water with style and panache, shining and smiling, as it did as it was aware of the fact that Paul managed to turn a plain chocolate egg into a Pre-Raphaelite work of art, so reminiscent of Ophelia, drawing "in beauty" as painted by Millais. She, too, was surrounded by floating flowers and looked, oh, so beautiful in death. Death by chocolate, in this case, as your "Opelia" really looks as yummy as the one painted by the artist!

    Good idea, Paul! A floating Easter egg!

    I leave you with a song, hoping you'll join in...


    I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
    See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly.
    I'm crying.

    Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.
    Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday.
    Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.
    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
    I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob.

    Mister City Policeman sitting
    Pretty little policemen in a row.
    See how they fly like Lucy in the Sky, see how they run.
    I'm crying, I'm crying.
    I'm crying, I'm crying.

    Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye.
    Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess,
    Boy, you been a naughty girl you let your knickers down.
    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
    I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob.

    Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun.
    If the sun don't come, you get a tan
    From standing in the English rain.
    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
    I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob.

    Expert textpert choking smokers,
    Don't you thing the joker laughs at you?
    See how they smile like pigs in a sty,
    See how they snied.
    I'm crying.

    Semolina pilchard, climbing up the Eiffel Tower.
    Elementary penguin singing Hari Krishna.
    Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.
    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
    I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob.
    Goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob g'goo.

    Lennon (the Great) Mc Cartney

    1. Anna you are amazing! I love that painting. The egg is Ophelia, it is but unlike Millais' Ophelia I saved the egg from the waters so that it could seek my tummy!

  4. My indulgence will be tickling you under the chin and saying koo koo kachoo!

  5. PS: my indulgence, this weekend, will be my "Pizza di Ricotta, or Pastiera, (recipe on my blog, from a couple of years ago-very easy and good)an Easter crostata, just like my mamma used to make, and my chilled home made limoncello.



  6. Have a fabulous Easter weekend Paul!

    My indulgence this weekend? gorgeous family and good food and wine.....oh, and definitely chocolate!

    Sophia x

  7. And I am the walrus...kookookatchu

  8. That looks delicious Paul! I have quite a collection of chocolate Easter eggs in the house as well, but not as chique as yours :-)!

    Happy Easter!


  9. Hi boyfriend--
    Love the title of this post!!!!! Way clever!!

    I'm afraid I'm stuck with whatever the hospital is serving as I volunteered to work:(
    But- rest assured that I do have a lovely stash of chocolate beauty at home!!

    Have a wonderful Easter Paul--

    1. Right, all over to Vicki's place people. Shes got a secret stash of chocolate!

  10. No, I'm the Egg Man!!! Alright, you can be the Egg Man. But just this year, ok? Gotta remember this shop. Another one to visit next trip. Thank goodness for GPS. BTW, we got caught again with that nasty congestion charge in London! #@#$%^&!!!!

    1. Mr Loi please! We don't say words like #@#$%^&!!!! on this %$£*&^%*!! blog :)

  11. Have a fabulous Easter weekend! And all that fine chocolate to enjoy, yumm!

  12. I love chocolate but gained several pounds on that last ship to the end of the world (choc wards off the cold!!!) so am trying to stay away from it for a while. BUT it's an addiction and it's so hard to quit!! I love dark chocolate with hazelnuts - I may have to get just a little bar for Easter - no willpower! Also, a local shop is actually selling British chocolate digestives here now - please tell me they are heathy - all that wheat coated with Cadbury's choc has to be good for one's tummy!

    Easter blessings to you and yours Paul.

  13. Dear Paul the Egg Man,
    Fine Food, Family, Fun, and Vino( not necessarily in that order will be Sunday's Delight!
    We do have the excellent Panache Chocolatier, would love to visit William Curley's one day as well!

    Art by Karena

  14. i totally enjoyed your post and your photos.

    happy easter!!


  15. To quote little Alex in A Clockwork Orange, "I love my eggy weggy". Love yours too...and your new header. Happy Easter

    1. You speak nadsat Amelia! Like Alex I love to wash down my eggiweg with a great bolshy glass of moloko!

  16. teeeheeeee....I love your title, SIR PAUL! "I AM THE EGGMAN, KOO KOOKIE CHOO!"

    Well, I want to thank you for the rabbit hugs and chocolate inspiration today! My "love jones" for chocolate comes in many varieties. I love cocoa powder in my yogurt in the morning, a chocolate dessert at night with a cup of chocolate/strawberry tea! If chocolate really is good for your health, I will live to be a 1000!

    MUCH joy and happiness to you dear Paul, and WORK THAT BONNET!!!! teehee Anita

  17. Hello,Paul:)))*

    Thank you so much for your kind comment....!!!
    That's so pleasant to read that peoples like your work.

    You have beyond much and so talented inspirational folowers....
    And your blog is also one big inspiration!

    I hope,your Easter was joyfull and beautiful:)))*

    Warm wishes from Amsterdam,

  18. Hi Paul,
    I hope you had a wonderful Easter.
    William Curley looks like another 'find'
    Have a lovely week,
    Liz x

  19. Lots of good choc consumed at home this weekend. Visiting London for a couple of days in Aug ... I think I may have to stop off here for an ice cream dream.

  20. Paul my man!

    So good to see your comment today as I sip my cuppa (of chocolate tea!) I am looking forward to your next post as I have you on my blog are so kind, fun and full of fab ideas. I just adore my British pals.

    Happy day! Anita

  21. Paul, as always a beautiful post. I love chocolate and this egg looks scrumptious.

    Have a fabulous week!

  22. Dear Paul,

    It has now been an eternity since I left a footprint here, despite rushing to read every lovely new post from you, always thinking that I will come back to comment when I have a little more time "the next day". Well, "tomorrow" seems to have been postponed for long enough now, and after re-reading your last post, you have -again- put such a big smile on my lips that not even today's grey skies can cloud my face any more.

    Perhaps it was the vision of you in an Easter bonnet (why stop at an imaginary one???), skipping along the pavement with basket on arm that did it, perhaps it was simply the enjoyment of your creative, poetical prose. Or perhaps it was this chocoholic's ultimate high at reading about - and enjoying photos of - THE mama of all chocolate eggs... ? Either way, straight after the beauty of the multicoloured macaroons in the last post, the latter was almost more than a girl of modest self-control could take. London is not that far away, and more tempting by the minute! Or by your blog posts, I should say!!!

    LOVE your comments on my blog - thank you so much for taking the time to visit and to leave such wonderful and entertaining little greetings in my humble abode!

    Wishing you a lovely day and PLEASE oh PLEASE do not post another yummy post in the near future... I simply would not be able to cope! :-)


    1. You know I dig those Easter bonnets Helena!
      I'm afraid in order to cope with my posts you may have to up your daily dose of camomile tea though because more yummy posts are a comin'!
      I'm off to see if I can find a bench shop now!!

  23. I presume it was extremely good! Love that shop too... :) xv

  24. Hello Paul

    A belated Happy Easter to you and your family. William Curley is being noted in my London diary, thank you.
    Helen x

  25. Dear Paul, Another lovely place to put on my London list. You had me at tea biscuits and hot chocolate! Your photo came out beautiful..I love the colors in the chocolate. Can't believe you hammered it! Hope it was delicious and you had a good Easter!

    Thank you so much for your notes on my last post! Too bad we weren't in Carmel at the same time. We could have had drinks by the pelargoniums!


  26. Paul, I hope all is well with both you and the company. I have missed seeing your posts.

    Enjoy your weekend, Elizabeth

  27. PAUL! Well hello there! And let me tell you that here in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, it looks like CHRISTMAS still! We got a blast of artic air on Thursday that dumped heavy, wet snow on us with the consistency of mashed potatoes! How I long to see our garden green and lush.

    Many happy thanks for your visit and my husband was so kind to buy me a new gray velvet sofa for my birthday! How about that? So kind....

    OH! And I just had myself a cup of CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY TEA. My goodness...with a splash of milk? You can't get any better.

    Looking forward to a new post from you! Anita