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Esurientes - The Comfort Zone

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Shrove Tuesday today, and for breakfast another batch of those excellent wholemeal buttermilk pancakes I made last year. Mmm - crispy edges from being fried in real butter. :-)

This year my brother splashed out and bought a bottle of real maple syrup ($$$!), but after a scientific taste test with one of each on the plate, I still prefer golden syrup. It's thicker, and stays near the food instead of running far away from it, and it's got that slight bitterness I love.
Wholemeal pancakes...who'da thunk they'd be so good?!

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  • Shrove Tuesday already?? I can't believe it, it seems like just yesterday I was shocked that I'd missed it last year. Where does the time go?

    By Blogger plum, at 2/20/2007 03:13:00 pm  

  • As a vermont native (part of america where maple syrup is harvested) I say blasphemy! Nothing is better then the real deal! Of course it all depends on what you are used to.

    And all this talk makes me wonder about where Aussies would import maple syrup. Do you have to get it all the way from Canada/New England?

    By Blogger MsJess, at 2/21/2007 03:31:00 pm  

  • Plum - hope you got into the kitchen!

    Jessica - Australia doesn't have maple trees so, yes, we import it from the other side of the world (hence the $$! remark. Our bottle which held only 1 cup of syrup cost $8). I've always enjoyed maple syrup, but recently my tastes have changed and my sweet tooth has modified a lot, so I now find maple syrup a bit too sweet. That's rich, because golden syrup (aka light treacle) is even sweeter but it has a bitter, burnt edge to offset it a bit.
    NB - My brother agrees with you!

    By Blogger Niki, at 2/21/2007 03:35:00 pm  

  • I recently discovered that Lyle's sells Golden Syrup in bottles with a lip for pouring, & there is a maple flavoured golden syrup. If you find it, try some.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/21/2007 07:54:00 pm  

  • Here in the US, we have syrup that is thick and delicious called King Syrup (it has a picture of a lion on the front) and I agree that thicker is better!

    By Blogger Deborah Dowd, at 2/23/2007 01:16:00 pm  

  • After reading your donut post I rushed over to North Fitzroy. You must have started something because they were sold out by 11am on a Wednesday! Now I want one even more!

    By Blogger Truffle, at 2/24/2007 11:33:00 am  

  • I brought home a bottle of maple syrup from the Us and a bottle from Canada. To me there is no comparison. The Us one is alot weaker in flavour. The Canadian one is well worth the money if you can afford it. I find the Cottees one in Australian a good cheaper alternative.

    By Blogger Squishy, at 2/27/2007 12:37:00 pm  

  • Woops, that was suppose to be Australia, sorry people. Doh

    By Blogger Squishy, at 2/27/2007 12:39:00 pm  

  • I'm with you on the golden syrup vs maple syrup debate. I'd always read about maple syrup as a kid and though it would be the ultimate taste experience... but as you say, it seemed rather runny and just too sweet when I finally tasted it. I *adore* Tate & Lyle's golden syrup, but I also wonder if it doesn't have a lot to do with what you remember from childhood. Not a lot of maple trees in South Africa, but lots of sugar cane!

    By Blogger Jeanne, at 3/02/2007 04:29:00 am  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/11/2008 06:22:00 pm  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/09/2008 12:46:00 am  

  • I happened on your site while looking for Golden Syrup. I took a weekend away to the Bershires (Massachusetts) and found this great little country store. Next to all the teas, was Golden Syrup. I was curious, and loved the tin, so I bought it. OH MY!
    Being born and raised in New England, I really had no idea that there was maple syrup competition out there. I have NEVER eaten maple syrup by itself from a spoon before. I pretty much finished off a tin of Golden in two weeks this way. I agree that maple syrup is too sweet (it makes my teeth hurt). But there are greatly varying qualities of maple syrup, also. I have yet to try Golden on my waffles...that will have to be my next tin.

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