A long time ago, when I'd taken him a small dark jar of white protea honey from Cape Town, Emiliano Coppa of Al di La told me he loved honey, and said that chestnut was his favourite. I'd never tasted it. I've wanted to ever since.
Being Wholefoods, of course this honey is organic.
I have already, early in the evening, dipped my finger in the honey and waited for the bitter taste Emiliano said would be there. About two seconds after it was on my tongue and swallowed it arrived. Deep, like a note below everything. Nice.
What I wasn't expecting, what quite arrested me as I was eating, what actually stopped me and made me stare at my bowl, was the scent. Not a smell. Scent. Suddenly I was somewhere else. Bad Lauchstadt in East Germany in 1995 in a cold, green and grey spring, with the chestnut trees all over town in blossom. I sniffed my spoon. Yes, it was there. My mouth tasted like air from Tolstoy's countryside and like flowers. The spoon smelled like it. The bowl was like a place, a memory, my flowers-underfoot dreams, but better, like all the lovely places I have imagined. With food, I have never experienced something quite as unexpected and intense as this.
And for the record, no, I am not drunk.