Quotes from the Masters: Bacon

“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand–and melting like a snowflake.”

Sir Francis Bacon

The above is Robin’s latest blogging challenge on Bringing Europe Home, and I must admit that when I read it, although I liked it, I couldn’t think of a photograph to use for it.

I left it for a few days, and when I re-read it this morning a vision of chocolate jumped straight into my head.

Chocolate lasts but a moment, and certainly melts like a snowflake as soon as I’ve popped it into my mouth, especially if combined with a slurp of hot tea:


28 thoughts on “Quotes from the Masters: Bacon

  1. Tea and chocolate, what a wonderful combination! I just finished my morning cup-or two-when I read your post. Dark chocolate is such a strong, distinctive flavor, what tea do you recommend? I’ve sent you an email because I want to buy the book. Lovely pictures!

    • Thanks Katie, you’ve got to the nub of it with your description of the chocolate! The strong distinctive flavour of dark chocolate goes brilliantly with teas that also have a very distinctive flavour. I like it with smoky Lapsang Souchong or Russian Caravan, and also with Japanese green teas, such as Genmaicha and Kukicha. All of these teas are taken without milk and have interesting, complex flavours that work very well with dark chocolate. You’ve just put me in the mood for one of these teas now but it’s too close to bedtime for me so I’ll have to wait till tomorrow – something to look forward to!

  2. Mmmm… a perfect interpretation of a beautiful quote. I was telling a friend yesterday about the ultimate chocolate experience outlined in your guidebook!

    • Ha ha, thank you for doing such a wonderful job promoting my book Christine! It’s a while since I’ve had that potent chocolate experience, high time I repeated the pleasure, I think.

    • It was almost inevitable really wasn’t it? If it wasn’t tea, scones or cakes, it was bound to be chocolate. Good luck with your searching, I look forward to the result!

    • I think it’s not very available Stateside, but this is Divine fairtrade chocolate. Next time you’re in Scotland you might see its lovely packaging. This is the small chunky 70% bar but there are larger flatter bars, too, with various flavours such as coffee, mint and orange, and they come in dark, milk and white chocolate varieties. I’m a big fan of Divine: http://www.divinechocolate.com (I did a post about it a while ago too, if you’re interested, it shows the packaging, too: http://lornastearoomdelights.com/2012/03/01/battle-of-the-70s/)

      • what fun! i just read your blog about the two different chocolates. fantastic way to write a blog. 😉

        i did find a place here that sells the Divine chocolate … our local fairtrade shop, Ten Thousand Villages, so i will be checking it out next time i’m in. thanks for the recommendation!

  3. I love the association of the quote with chocolate. Dark chocolate and a mug of coffee are my favourite mix and it definitely does last but a moment, especially in our house!

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