Posts Tagged ‘David Beckham’

Yesterday football god Lionel Messi was awarded the inaugural Fifa Ballon d’Or award for being judged the best player in the world.

Although it seems unlikely, this reminded me of a recent article in the New Yorker on  modern pastry chefs. Writer Adam Gopnik meets Jordi Roca at El Celler de Can Roca, the three-star restaurant run by the three Roca brothers in Girona, northeast Catalonia.

Jordi is obviously a huge fan of  Barcelona football club and makes a dessert that tries to re-create the emotions that Messi feels when he scores a goal – El gol d’en Messi (see video of dessert) :

“Then, with a cat-that-swallowed-the-canary smile, the server puts a small MP3 player with a speaker on the table. He turns it on and nods.

An announcer’s voice, excited and frantic, explodes. Messi is on the move. “Messi turns and spins!” the announcer cries, and the roar of the crowd at the Bernabéu stadium, in Madrid, fills the table. The server nods, eyes intent. At the signal, you eat the first meringue.

“Messi is alone on goal!” the announcer cries. Another nod, you eat the next scented meringue. “Messi shoots!” A third nod, you eat the last meringue, and, as you do, the entire plastic S-curve, now unbalanced, flips up and over, like a spring, and the white-chocolate soccer ball at the end is released and propelled into the air, high above the white-candy netting.

“MESSI! GOOOOOAL!” The announcer’s voice reaches a hysterical peak and, as it does, the white-chocolate soccer ball drops, strikes, and breaks through the candy netting into the goal beneath it, and, as the ball hits the bottom of a little pit below, a fierce jet of passion-fruit cream and powdered mint leaves is released into your mouth, with a trail of small chocolate pop rocks rising in its wake. Then the passion-fruit cream settles, and you eat it all, with the white-chocolate ball, now broken, in bits within it.”

Now Heston Blumenthal just needs to design a dessert that re-creates how women feel when they look at David Beckham.

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Achilles ?

David Beckham ?

The British poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has written a poem “Achilles” inspired by David Beckham’s injury which will make him miss this year’s World Cup.

She told Radio 4’s The World At One:

“He  is almost a mythical figure himself, in popular culture …..it’s fascinating that the injury takes its name from Achilles… The whole point of Greek myths is the combination of triumph and tragedy that we follow in them.”

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