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Thanks i presume cliff ton,,for deleting that thing about Dreaming,,,i had woke at 4am and thought i'd relate a crazy dream by starting a thread on dreaming,,,,it was on my phone and i obviously failed.......might try on me computer later.........lol

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14 hours ago, Beekay said:

Had a good day today. It's  'er indoors 76th birthday so bought her a special treat. A box of liquorice  novelties !

 

13 hours ago, carni said:

Can't beat a box of Liquorice shapes Beekay, we always have some at Xmas as well as birthdays. 

 

I will eat almost anything in the category of cakes, chocolate, biscuits, etc etc, but I've never been able to get on with liquorice. One of the few limits I have.

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Thanks Den,,,still might start a ''Dreaming'' thread,,,people could document their dreams on it,,,then we could work out whether they are 'Barmy' or not...

For instance,,.......throwing people over my Grannies fence and driving down to Peterborough to clean United's windows without a ladder,,,or shall i bother ?....what do others think ?;)

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Apparently,  you cannot dream about strangers, only people whom you've  met before even if only briefly. Interesting fact.

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Been trying to fathom out how to get in my artificial coal fire look electric fire,,,buggered if i could,, needed to put new bulbs in. Anyway wife took over and did it in seconds,,,,,,,,,,,,think i might get her to put some shelves up later.......:victory: 

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22 hours ago, Cliff Ton said:

I will eat almost anything in the category of cakes, chocolate, biscuits, etc etc, but I've never been able to get on with liquorice. One of the few limits I have.

When younger I used to dip liquorice into icing sugar, when I got older changed to sherbet. Can't stand the stuff now.

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Oh yes, Sherbet Dips.  The powder made me cough!  Wonder if you can still get them? 

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I'm certain I've seen them in these traditional old fashioned sweet shops in somewhere like York or Harrogate. They're called Sherbet Fountains now, but the same thing.

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CT, fancy not liking liquorice.  Who'da thunk it. Can anybody remember the dreaded Spanish Root? A woody root that you chewed for hours, until it became a a seething mass of tasteless sawdust. It were something like a penny a stick. When you needed to replenish, you just broke off a piece and started again. Think you can still buy it at Health food shops, Holland and Barret etc.

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Not everyone likes the same things thank goodness. Despite loving most things sweet, I can't abide Turkish Delight. The real thing is like chewing Playdough with icing sugar on, and the jelly stuff covered in chocolate is truly unedible.

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28 minutes ago, Beekay said:

It were something like a penny a stick.

 

It's now £20 a kilo from Amazon or £9 for 250g in a posh packet. It's known as Spanish root but it grows wild all over the Med.

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Just looked on Holland and Barret, 'spanish root' is £3.09 per 100grms. Been reading a wee bit and it said that the Med. version is used in making liquorice,  along with sugar and treacle, to make it more palatable.  I also remember little rock hard sticks of bitter sweet liquorice. I much preferred this sort.

PS. It is also grown up in Yorkshire tha knows !

 

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44 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

Not everyone likes the same things thank goodness. Despite loving most things sweet, I can't abide Turkish Delight. The real thing is like chewing Playdough with icing sugar on, and the jelly stuff covered in chocolate is truly unedible.

 

Just to be really fussy..........I like Turkish Delight when its surrounded by chocolate....but I can't stand it on its own.

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I'm with FLY2 on this one. I detest Turkish Delight...and also liquorice. Turkish Delight is supposed to be made with rose water. Whether that is what gives it such an awful taste, I don't know but it's something I never touch.

 

My father loved liquorice but his favourite was the dried pods of the carob tree which he used to buy from Mellors' Confectioners in Beeston when he was a boy.  Some years before he passed on, I found some in a shop in Whitby, of all places. He was thrilled to bits but they looked totally inedible to me!

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Come the build up to Christmas, the shops are inundated with turkish delight. Why do folks think everyone wants it at this time of year. It's  the same with "Eat me dates", all over the shop along with nuts. I know one can buy them any time of the year, but we're  overrun  with them at Christmas.

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Come to that, big brother, why does it have to start in August?  It goes on forever. I freely admit, I detest Christmas commercialism. Christmas has never been a particularly welcome time in my family as, if there's going to be a disaster or someone dies, it always seems to happen then.

 

I preferred my childhood Christmases when mum would take me to Woolworths on Radford Road a few days before Christmas, where I'd select a few cards for a ha'penny each from a selection of loose ones, not wrapped in cellophane!!  Apparently, this is once again becoming the fashion due to concerns about single-use plastic and the environment. Said it before, you can't teach this generation anything about waste. We were brought up on make do and mend, loose potatoes still with the earth on them and waste not, want not.

 

In addition, the tree and decorations went up on Christmas Eve and not before. Nowadays, nothing is special. It's just one long, 52 weeks a year tat-fest!

 

Bah! Humbug!! :wacko:

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2 hours ago, Beekay said:

Icing sugar? I allus thought itwere talcum powder .

I should hope not. Talcum powder used to contain asbestos!!

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The biggest constituent of talc is China Clay, I  used to go down to Cornwall to xray the china clay workers. It's  also used in tablets, on shiny wellies as well as on glossy magazines etc.

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If the Turks like it so much they can have it.  Never liked it.

 

Always liked Fudge, though.  Nothing fancy,  plain old vanilla makes this dog happy.

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"dried pods of the carob tree " AKA locust beans. They use to be sold on the pet stalls on Central Market. They tasted very sweet but smelled appalling when chewed - somewhat resembling merde du chien.

 

I think they were intended for feeding to parrots but I remember my dad buying them and expecting me to eat them.

 

Locust bean gum is used in the food industry as a thickening agent and roasted carob/locust beans are used as a chocolate substitute.

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We used to call 'Spanish root' by the name 'Chewing wood'. If someone at Junior school had some, it got passed round for everyone in the group to have a suck/chew!  As an adult, I've always referred to it as 'liquorice root'. The chewing wood we had as children was much thicker than the thinlittle sticks you can buy today from the Herbalists/ health food shops

I LOVE Turkish Delight especially when my Turkish friend brings some back from where she lives in Turkey!

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