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October 20, 2013

Window Shopping Is Sweet Indeed…

Filed under: Belgian Cuisine,BELGIUM,Bruges,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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In this page of my travel diary, “Velveteen”and I are doing a spot of window shopping. Actually we are spying on people busy making sweets and a few of their wares on display. I focus on the tools of the trade, whilst Velveteen goes straight for the action and the finished products…  I know it’s a miracle but we even managed to resist temptation since the looking was sweet enough!

(photograph © Velveteen)   used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph ©Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph ©Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph ©Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph ©Velveteen) used with permission

December 23, 2011

Quick, Easy, Simple, Gorgeous and Delicious Christmas Tray Treats your Kids can Whip up in a Jiffy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself and I had a friend babysit our kids at her house whilst we sneaked out to the shops to “help Santa”  bring in some surprises for Christmas Day.

When we came back later to collect the children they surprised us with a lovely treat:  her son and our two had been busy in the kitchen making some wonderful little Christmas tray treats.

Simple ingredients, easy to make and looking amazing!

These little Christmas “puddings” are not “puddings” at all, but are really just mallowpuff biscuits, partly covered with melted white chocolate, and topped with New Zealand “lollies” (sweets/snoepjes/candy) in the form of  gummy spearmint leaves and a Jaffa.

Since these were presented fully-made and as a surprise, I didn’t get the chance to photograph the seperate ingredients, but here are links to photos that should shed some light on what the ingredients actually are .

Mallowpuffs are described as “Light fluffy marshmallow sitting on top of a shortcake biscuit, covered in luxurious milk chocolate.”  and you can see a picture of them here:  http://www.griffins.co.nz/by-name/mallowpuffs

Spearmint Leaves are a soft-ish chewy gummy type sweet, tasting (naturally enough) of spearmint and shaped like a leaf.  Here’s a link to a photograph: http://www.lollyworld.com.au/pascall-spearmint-leaves-2kg-bulk-nz-lollies-624.html

And Jaffa’s are a classic New Zealand sweet that all Kiwi’s know and love, they are little balls of chocolate covered in a hard orange candy shell : http://www.shopnewzealand.co.nz/en/cp/Cadbury_Jaffas_140g

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Ingredients:
– Mallowpuffs
– White Chocolate
– Spearmint leaf lollies/sweets/ candy
– Jaffa lollies/sweets/ candy

Method:
Cut the spearmint leaves in half (lengthwise) , melt the white chocolate, put into a piping bag (or sturdy plastic bag with a corner snipped off) and pipe  it onto the top of the mallowpuff biscuits (cookies).

Then place the spearmint leaf pieces into the choclate and top with a jaffa for the “berry”  in the centre.

My friend melted the white chocolate and supervised the piping, her 11 year old son cut the leaves in half with a sharp knife and my 10 and 6 year olds made a little production line with the 11 year old to assemble everything.

They made a grand effort and doesn’t the result look stunning?  (I think so!!!)

Maybe you will need to find similar “style”  ingredients where you are if an exact match isn’t possible, but the idea is blissfully easy and if three kids can whip up three trays of these with  minimal  help from an adult, then it proves  that this would be a quick and easy winner of a recipe for any busy adult (or adult with kids) to whip up for  that work afternoon-tea,  end-of-year school party, or sports function etc.

As an addition to your Christmas baking trays, they couldn’t be easier and they look wonderfully festive!

The note reads… “dear Mama and Daddy, Love from …(Kids names obscured for internet privacy).

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve been warned that trying to substitute icing / frosting for the white chocolate is fraught with difficulty, because  unless the icing/frosting is of an exact consistency, it will simply slide off the side of the mallowpuff into puddles at the bottom, so DO use white chocolate  which I’ve been assured is pretty much foolproof.

So… How do they taste? Excellent!… I “needed” to taste several to make sure LOL . Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 19, 2010

Sweets for my Sweet, Sugar for my Honey…

Filed under: SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A sweet shop is a sweet shop no matter the culture you are in..

…anyone with a sweet tooth is bound to find a delicacy that they could happily get addicted to.

We, therefore  feel duty bound to find our favourite Singaporean sweet treat.

That’s exactly how we find ourselves at the establishment of Komala Vilas Sweets and Savouries.

Yes, our Singaporean friend tells us all about what’s on offer…

…yes I have to confess that I  forgot half of it because I was rather overwhelmed by all the colours, ingredients, smells and tastes…

There were sweets made of coconut, ones that soaked in a brine to keep them moist, crispy ones, crunchy ones and soft fudgy ones…

We buy a selection and take them back to the hotel, and yes, we did find our Singaporean favourite:  little blocks of a type of milk sweet and it’s divine…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Not just sweet, but also savoury snacks…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back at the hotel we have a late night treat… sorry those two photos are not the sharpest.. . the light was low, along with everyone else I was busy eating and thus my photographic subject kept getting smaller and smaller all the time…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 11, 2009

Ingredient Confusion: So Smartie, show us your Smarties!

(photo © Flower7 / USA)

(photo © Flower7 / United States of America)

Imagine this: you have some sweets in front of you of a brand and type that you have known since childhood. They are called Smarties. Someone else living somewhere else around the world is decorating a cake with one of their favourite sweets: Smarties.

Amazingly enough, what you have before you is not the same product as they have but the product names are indeed exactly the same…

…and they are both sweets (candy).

A classic case of Ingredient confusion.

I’m embarking on some research into ingredients around the world that cause confusion, and with the aid of some of my Recipezaar friends and with permission to use their photographs, trying to shine a little light into the confusion.

In America, Smarties are 15 or so small round sweets (candy), about 3-4mm thick that are arranged together in small clear plastic wrappers. Ingredients are: dextrose, citric acid, calcium stearate, artificial flavors, colors. There is no chocolate involved with these sweets (candies)…

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © Flower7 / United States of America)

.. . which would be very confusing indeed to someone in South Africa, where Smarties are similar in style, shape, size and taste to the chocolate “M&Ms” found in the USA . If Zurie wanted to decorate a Birthday Cake or put Smarties on top of an iced cupcake, she would use her version, which have a coloured hard coating and a chocolate interior…

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © Zurie / South Africa)

Smarties in The Netherlands are the same as the South African ones, but they come in two varieties: the large packet pictured here are full of very small boxes of mini Smarties and the long tube is full of the regular sized Smarties. I have put a matchstick into the photo so that you can gauge an idea of scale.

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch / The Netherlands)

Hopefully these photographs have shed some light on how this simple sweet, with a same name, is so very different depending on where you might live. Needless to say, whichever one you have near you.. they both taste great !

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