I am a big fan of French macarons. The stunning colours, delicate flavourings and chewy textures… the only thing I don’t like is the price. Seriously. Considering the price just one of those tiny little delights retails for, I almost expect them to be diamond-encrusted.
Of course I appreciate they are a fiddle to make. I’ve had my fair share of cracked tops, sandy textures and uneven splodges to contend with, and after watching a recent episode of one of my favourite tv programmes “The Great British Bake Off”, I can see I am not alone.
Coconut macaroons are a very different beast, and something that are strangely Scottish. I say strangely, because coconut palms don’t line the shores here, but perhaps they come from the same tropical stable as pineapple tarts.
Continue reading Scottish Food Analysis: Macaroon Bars and Coconut Macaroons
Dried meat has different associations for me.
There’s the stereotypical Wild West gold-prospector angle (gnarled, weather-beaten men with beards gnawing on leathery strips of beef). There’s the time H and I tried to make our own biltong in a home-made drying box (it turned out more like crumbly meat biscuits). Finally, there’s a painful memory of buying lots of delicious salmon jerky in a Canadian airport, only to have to throw it all away when we reached UK customs.
Continue reading Thailand Food Exploration: Moo Dad Deow
How often do you eat something and it turns out to be far less awesome than you were imagining?
(I know, this isn’t sounding good for khanom tua baep is it?)
Perhaps it’s proportionate to the amount of anticipation.
Continue reading Thailand Food Exploration: Khanom Tua Baep
Are you getting your 5-a-day of bamboo? If you answered yes, you’re either an internet-savvy panda or a patently troubled individual.
Luckily, it’s what’s inside the bamboo that we’re interested in.
Continue reading Thailand Food Exploration: Khao Lam
Ah, candy floss. Sticky sickly friend of children and guilty nostalgic treat of adults.
Not in Thailand. Here, candy floss, or something very much like it, is wrapped up in pancakes and devoured by all ages as a toothsome snack.
Continue reading Thailand Food Exploration: Roti Sai Mai