November 16, 2010

My Education In Treacle

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 5:42 pm by treacleandinketsy

I had someone ask me last week where I got the name “Treacle and Ink”.  If you haven’t been reading this blog from the very beginning, you may have missed this post where I answered that very question.  Since I’ve already addressed the question, I won’t dive into the answer in today’s post (check out “Treacle = Molasses” for more info), but instead, I would like to take this treacle education a little further.

According to Dictionary.com, treacle is defined as:

“a.  molasses, esp. that which is drained from the vats used in sugar refining.
b.  also called golden syrup. a mild mixture of molasses, corn syrup, etc., used in cooking or as a table syrup.”
Now, I have known that since I was young, and therefore been able to ask the occasional “What is treacle?” inquiry.  But, up until a few weeks ago, I had never actually messed with the stuff.  In fact, my first treacle taste was as a part of that treacle fudge I sampled over this past year’s summer vacation.  So, after I posted my Last Minute Halloween Party Round-Up, I did just what I said I would, and set out to make some Treacle Tarts.

British Emporium in Grapevine, TX (photo courtesy of british-emporium.com)

This experiment began with a trip to British Emporium.  Fortunately, I live in an area in which you can find specialty stores for countries all over the world.  Not only did they have a stack of lovely cans of Lyle’s Black Treacle, but they also had a stash of Kinder Bueno bars, which I love. Now, if you don’t have a British specialty store in your area, you might just be able to find some treacle in your local grocery store.  I’ve seen some in a few on the international foods aisle.
I trucked my treacle home and popped off the lid.  What was inside was about the consistency of tar, very thick and very sticky blackness.  It was so thick that it was difficult to spoon through and even more difficult to get into the pan without leaving sticky trails across the counter.  The recipe called for heating the treacle, which worked like magic on causing it to thin out and become more manageable.

Treacle Tarts

Once I got the tarts mixed and baked, it was time for the taste test.  They were very sweet, and quite bitter at the same time.  The tart had about the same consistency as a brownie right out of the oven, but as they cooled they began to get more and more dense.  I liked the flavor, but they were almost too bitter for me.
Bottom line:  I liked the flavor, but I think if I make them again, I’ll use Lyle’s Golden Syrup instead.

October 29, 2010

A Last Minute Halloween Party Roundup

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 4:36 pm by treacleandinketsy

Halloween is a mere two days away, but the trick-or-treaters around here are headed out tomorrow night.   If you haven’t even begun to think about Halloween festivities, no worries!  Here’s a little last minute Halloween Party roundup to give you a hand.

Treats

Pumpkin Pasties – I found this recipe over at britta.com, a website dedicated to throwing a most awesome Harry Potter party.  I made these pasties last Halloween, and everyone loved them!  They’re really quick and easy, and are a great finger food alternative to making a whole pumpkin pie.  While you’re over there, check out the other recipes that are listed.  Those treacle tarts just might have to be made in my kitchen this year…

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies by PACountryCrafts

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (because at Halloween, you can never have too much pumpkin) – This recipe is brought to you courtesy of Lindsay who blogs over at PACountryCrafts.  While I haven’t tried out this recipe yet, rumor has it that Lindsay is a whiz with pumpkin.  Don’t believe me?  Check out her posts on How To Cook A Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Muffins.

Owl Cupcakes from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Owl Cupcakes Here’s looking at you, kid.  I Am Momma Hear Me Roar is one of my favorite blogs!  It’s always full of wonderfully creative ideas for cooking, crafting… you name it.  Many thanks to Cheri for sharing some of her last minute treat ideas.  While you’re there, check out the “Crow’s Feet” too.  Oh, my tummy is grumbling just looking at all that goodness!

Decorations

Spooky Glowing Eyes – This first decoration idea is thanks Sister Dianne, who heads up another one of my favorite blogs, CraftyPod.  Trust me, you don’t need to have a crafty bone in your body to pull off this quick and easy decoration idea.  Click on the link to watch her short tutorial video.

Needle Felted Eyeballs – Yes, more creepy, eerie eyes.  This decoration idea is brought to you via Michelle from Etsy and Nguyen Le from KnitKnit.  If you’ve got a little extra fiber laying around, I’ll bet you could churn out a few new sets of peepers in no time.

3D Blood Spatter Effect – Think your home could be the setting for a new episode of CSI?  This decoration idea is for you!  This is a Halloween how-to that Etsy put out last year, with the help of Meg Allan Cole from Threadbanger, and I thought it was so cool, I wanted to share it with you this year.  I like their idea of using it as a photo-op area.

These are just a very few last minute ideas.  I hope they help get your creative juices going!

 

June 30, 2010

The Treacle Trail Leads Back To Alice

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 10:54 pm by treacleandinketsy

If you have been following my blog since the early days, or if you are a bibliophile who is particularly fond of Lewis Carroll, then you know that the name, “Treacle and Ink,” comes from a line that is sung at Queen Alice’s banquet in Carroll’s Through the Looking-glass.  I just wanted to share a couple unique Alice finds I made while exploring Walt Disney World.

I love the style of this little Alice doll! She is so simple, almost primitive, and is cute as a button.

This container of "Tweedle Tea and Tweedle Yum" comes with 15 tea bags which contain the "Mad Tea Party Blend," as well as shortbread cookies. It's like a mini tea party in a can!

June 28, 2010

Treacle Exhibit “A”

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 11:52 pm by treacleandinketsy

We are having a great time hanging out with family and seeing the sights this week!  On Sunday, we fought the crowd and made it to the new Harry Potter theme park in Universal Studios.  It was so neat!

Not only did we have a great time exploring, and just being in that “world”, but what did I manage to spot when I was browsing in Honeydukes sweets shop?  Treacle Fudge!

Grinnin' with my Treacle Fudge. With a slightly creepy smile the cashier told me, "That's Harry's favorite."

%d bloggers like this: