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||Hello again, |
when I worked in catering, one of my regulars, a young but old-money tweedy kind of gent, asked me for his toast to be done on one side, 'because that was the proper way to do it'. Little did he know, the toast-making machine did one side at a time, so I could present him with said toast with an air of smug satisfaction. He was a pleasant fellow, not for him the toast made from bread aged in a cupboard, that would explode into a million pieces at the first application of a butter-knife!
Mark 'nothing too much trouble' Gott.
|Nicey replies: He didn't have a faintly Geordie accent did he?|
||Dear Nicey and co|
I was in a bit of a panic having read the article about the silver balls, but having rushed to my cooking cupboard, am relieved to find that I have been using "Rainbow Pearls" (pink, green, blue and silver balls) from Fiddes Panne Cake Decorations, and they contain "sugar, wheat starch, arabic gum, colours (E100, E124, E133, E174)", so I think that's OK. Was a bit worried about all the children I might have accidentally poisoned, especially since The Husband is a Solicitor.
Keep up the good investigative journalism!
Best wishes to all
|Nicey replies: Yes that is reassuring except that E174 is Silver, the rest are all fairly standard.
Naturally occurring orange/yellow colour, extracted from the spice turmeric
A synthetic coal tar dye, red in colour
A synthetic coal tar dye, blue in colour. Often mixed with E102 to make green.
||I was searching for the name of those silver balls for Tim and found this article. I don't know if they would have the same name in the UK or be as "toxic"|
|Nicey replies: Right I think we'll be giving those a miss from here on in.
||I believe they’re called dragees, well they were called that when my mum put them on birthday cakes. By the way, I agree with your classification of cakes with buttercream and cake bits on top as butterfly cakes. They sell them in Gateway in packs of eight. YUM, YUM.|
||I wish someone hadn't started on about those really hard shiny edible ballbearing things.|
Now I can't work because I'm racking my brains for the name of them. Mum used to use them for cake toppings and I can remember them having a name like 'arachnids' or 'echniacea' - though of course, neither of these are it.
I can remember being very scared that I was putting something silver yet edible in my mouth, and thought I might get lead poisoning. Not bad at the age of 7. This is around the same time that I thought saying "dammy jodger" instead of Jammy Dodger was really rude.
So please can someone tell me what the silver balls are called so I can get back to work?