Monday, 17 November 2014

Traditional street food

Hello again, hope you are well.

When we visited our local street fair at the weekend it was fun looking around the food stalls in search of all those treats enjoyed at such an occasion...

Mmm, candy floss...

Always baffles me how this is made...

And, for more years than I would care to remember, we have always bought a bag of two or these to come home with us...

Made by a local firm since 1888 to a traditional recipe...


And, we would always buy these, Grantham Gingerbread...

image courtesy of Google

However, none were to be found on any of the stalls.  On further enquiry, it turns out that the owner of the firm which manufactured them passed away in the summer, and so has ceased to operate - such a shame after such a long history.
These biscuits are quite unlike any other ginger biscuits, they are pale (no syrup or molasses) and have a hollow but chewy centre.  And they are VERY hot and gingery. And scrumptious.
So now DD and I are trawling the internet to try to find an authentic recipe so we can have a go at making our own.
Will keep you posted as to our success (or otherwise).
What is your favourite traditional food linked to your local region?


  1. Oh, so sorry to hear that the make route cookies has died. It's always sad when childhood traditions die out for one reason or another. I hope you or your daughter are able to find a replacement.

  2. So funny to read about the candy floss, we were talking about it the other night and how it was always on a stick, it seems to be sold in bags now and its not the same.
    I don't know about the ginger biscuits but making brandy snaps is easy, I used to make loads when all the kids were at home.
    Shame about the man passing on though, its always sad when old traditions die. (that doesn't sound right does it? )

  3. Again, your photos capture such a fun event! We call candy floss - cotton candy. :-) My favorite food linked to our region is Dungeness Crab! Yum!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. That is a shame that no one could carry on the company after it was in business for so very long.

    I told my husband no more falafel ... maybe because it's fried or maybe it's the oil being used, but does a number on my stomach big time.

    Have a great weekend. Tammy


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