Culinary Calendar trivia for the day: 27 February 1879:

The artificial sweetener, Saccharin, was discovered by Messrs Fahlberg and Remsen at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The FDA has required warning labels, since 1972, on products using saccharin because it is a suspected carcinogen.

See? No point in trying to get away from good old sugar, is there?

I’ve been challenged by Tandy to bake something using chocolate and sour cream. She doesn’t qualify that these ingredients should be used together in the same recipe, so I’ve been a little sneaky and used the chocolate first. (Sour cream sometime next week.)

I had a baking-fest in my kitchen yesterday and the motivation behind baking with almonds comes from the bottle of Rose that was included in our goodie bags. Sweet, with a blast of tropical fruits, it’s the perfect wine for high tea. Thank you Anura Wines.

While searching online for a recipe for my Florentines, I was distracted by a quote I found by the French novelist,Colette:

“Don’t eat too many almonds; they add weight to the breasts.”


Righty-ho, then, best limit my intake; don’t want to break my bathroom scales.


47 Comments Add yours

  1. heading straight for the almonds

  2. Tammy McLeod says:

    Lovely sweets Cindy. Did you really make those? I’m not at all good at that sort of thing and really commend you. Now, of course, DH is called for me to finish off the almonds.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I bought a super cake decorating kit, Tammy, I’m determined to up my baking skills this year. Enjoy the almonds 😉

  3. Almonds, here I come.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think this post may result in a global increase of almond sales 🙂

  4. Well then, almond rocca anyone!! Jan pushes Sana aside – and dives for the almond ……… OOOh i have a great almond recipe! Hmmm …..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Come on Jan, share it already!

  5. fbi2011 says:

    Well THAT answers the question I’ve always been asking………..I have obviously eaten too many almonds in my lifetime! Beautiful photies….Big breasted hugs to you 🙂 xx

  6. Tilly Bud says:

    I wouldn’t listen to Colette, if I were you: she saw no problem with child prostitution.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Okey dokey *grabs a handful of almonds*

  7. Cindy, you are a fount of information. Almonds. Who would have guessed it?
    Food looks amazing….

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Kate. And now it’s time for lunch 🙂

  8. Yvette says:

    Would love a glass of that “blast of tropical fruit” at high tea! A sweet tooth afternoon! x

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it 🙂

  9. nursemyra says:

    do almonds have a similar effect on the penis?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will have to get back to you on that one, Myra 😉

  10. Catwoman says:

    Recipe for florentines please 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I used this one, but made a slab and cut it into biscuits instead of making tablespoon-sized individual ones:

  11. Pseu says:

    I need more almonds in my diet then, having always been deficient in that area myself – so I have just added two table spoons-ful to the half made Dundee cake mix… (but I can’t finish making it until the eggs arrive by emergency transport….)

    1. theonlycin says:

      You have to tell more about those emergency transport eggs!

  12. nrhatch says:

    Mmm . . . almonds. And, while you’re at it, pass the marzipan! 😀

    Love your Petit Fours ~ with or without the Rose.

  13. slpmartin says:

    Such images makes my diet that much more difficult. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Looking don’t hurt, Charles 🙂

  14. ior a few of us who will stop eating them?

  15. The desserts look very tempting! Chocolate! Sour cream or not. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a super week, Carol 🙂 xxx

  16. libraryscene says:

    …she lies, unless my breast have relocated 😉 Now, as for the other two rounded body parts south of the equator.. Adore your ginger peeps, cute enough to eat!

    1. theonlycin says:

      hahaha, you’re funny 🙂

  17. So it’s almonds not genes! Thanks, Collette! … Funny, I just pulled out my copy of the Complete Claudine …

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve not read that yet!

  18. Tandy says:

    best I save the florentines for one a week! Clever interpretation Cindy 🙂 I used almonds, chocolate and sour cream all together 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Using sour cream for my salmon tonight 🙂

  19. souldipper says:

    nursemyra is a woman reading my mind! Cin, I made the mistake of opening your blog just before my bedtime again! The only danged treat I have in my house is…almonds.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, may as well enjoy them 🙂

  20. colonialist says:

    Goodlooking grub. As I suspected it would, I see your post has created a rush on almonds by ladies chanting, ‘I must, I must, improve my …’

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL Col, there you go again!

  21. What a lovely post : pictures, Cindy’s words, comments of course and Colette’s visit… Almonds, amandes, mandorla, are a symbol of renewal, transformation, fertility, virginity, immortality and happiness, amongst others. Almonds “dragees” are always present at weddings. Surely there is a link between those sweet Saturdays, weighty breasts and almonds 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the info, I didn’t know that about almonds 🙂

  22. Tokeloshe says:

    I adore your Gingerbread people 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      They’re sweet, hey Tok? 🙂

  23. Your blog feels so clean. When did you change it?
    Did you make those petite fours? They look delicious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I changed it exactly 47 minutes ago 🙂

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