Decadent Diwali dining
All week I’ve been drooling over my ultimate Diwali menu. For starters I’m going for a salad made with Matsutake mushrooms found beneath red pines near Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, which cost $2,000 (Dh7,350) a kilogram. Next, I’ll feast on a Ludovic XIII Pizza (Dh40,000) hand-made in Agropoli, Italy, garnished with white truffles (Dh7,500) from Alba. Dessert might pose a dilemma – there’s the Golden Opulence Sundae in New York which comes with an 18-carat gold bracelet (a snip at just Dh3,700!), or the world’s most expensive sweet: strawberries Arnaud in New Orleans with a 4.7-carat pink diamond glittering on the top. The price tag? A cool Dh5.14 million but at least you get to keep the pink bauble.
Of course, this is my fantasy feast, compiled from our travel story about gilt-edged gourmet on page 118 but it would leave me feeling guilty (read gilty) even if money were no object. Instead I’ll turn to page 128 for inspiration on what to cook this Diwali, and might ask our Domestic Diva Silvena Rowe (page 141) to suggest a delicious menu I can afford.
If I am going to splurge, I’d rather do it on the gorgeous top designed by Manish Arora featured in our fashion shoot on page 72. I’ll be wearing it at every opportunity and not just from dusk to dawn. Happy Diwali!
Karen Pasquali Jones