Tag Archives: Sweet

Marrons Glacés

One of my grandmothers was of French descent, and aside from her charming accent and excellent cooking skills, it meant that she was also partial to some items with which as a British child, I was unfamiliar.

Quite often at Christmas someone would give her an immense box which when opened, turned out to contain 5 or 6 marrons glacés, widely spaced and individually wrapped.

marrons glacés

Continue reading Marrons Glacés

Scottish Food Analysis: Macaroon Bars and Coconut Macaroons

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.

macaroon bar

Continue reading Scottish Food Analysis: Macaroon Bars and Coconut Macaroons

Scottish Food Analysis: Tablet Review

H’s mum T, myself and H were having a conversation about something or other, and tablet came up. “Tablet?”, H queried.

T and I hastened to try to explain what tablet was. If you’ve never come across it before, it’s a traditional Scottish sweet normally made from sugar, condensed milk and butter, which has a firm texture, like Kendal mint cake. It isn’t chewy like toffee or soft like fudge, but has a similar caramel taste.

When we saw some tablet for sale the next week in the supermarket, T picked up a bar, and then at a later stop on our trip, bought another for comparison. Things spiralled from there.

tablet

Continue reading Scottish Food Analysis: Tablet Review

Thailand Food Exploration: Woon Krob

Day-glo. If it doesn’t work on clothes, can it really work on sweets?

(I’m sure day-glo fans will be bridling at the first part of that statement, but if clothing isn’t subdued, drab and dull, I’m not interested.)

In these days of natural, local, independent, hand-made idealism, even the big companies are phasing out artificial colours in favour of less eye-popping alternatives.

woon krob

Continue reading Thailand Food Exploration: Woon Krob