Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Syrup Season ....

I am loving that we are heading for golden syrup season
you may not have been aware that there is such a thing
or in fact that golden syrup actually exists
and I can't say that I remember ever seeing it when we lived in Florida
but in our place all roads are pointing to syrup town

Golden syrup is like honey on steroids
it is all golden, dark, smoky and thick
and has a totally unique taste
it is probably the unspeakable by product of sugar cane crushing or some such thing
and I kind of don't want to know how it is made
I just know that it is glorious

It is divine on porridge,crumpets and pikelets
and my sneaky favourite syrup treat is crispy toast with cream cheese and syrup
sounds totally disgusting and it will never win any awards for healthy snacking
but is better than other favourites which are
scones fresh from the oven with syrup and cream
or a splodge of it on ice cream is crazy amazing
like George Clooney telling you he has waited his whole life for you amazing

so as Autumn starts to creep up on us
and thoughts turn to syrup puddings and Anzac biscuits
the golden syrup is making its first appearances of the season
exciting times , or what passes for exciting times in our house
kind of thinking we need to get out more if syrup season is getting a cheer

But sad state of our lives aside
I painted this not just because syrup season is here
but also because the prompt this week over at Artists Play Room was
What do you overlook
and I think golden syrup is overlooked all the time
people seem to either go for honey
and I must admit to loving some honey at times, especially when it is infused with ginger
or maple syrup, which is totally not right on toast

Poor golden syrup seems to have become decidedly uncool all of a sudden
so much so that when I sent Sinus off to buy some the other day
it wasn't even in the jam aisle anymore
it is in the baking goods aisle which is a very sad state of affairs indeed
and to make it all worse my beloved Lyle's syrup
which comes in this amazing tin isn't even stocked at the supermarket anymore
which means I am left painting this squeeze bottle
not as glamorous as the green and gold of Lyle's but until I can source the real deal
then this will have to do the job, and it is delicious no matter who has made it

So I am calling for all you closet syrup lovers out there to join me
in demanding that it's status as a glorious topping be reinstated
let Golden Syrup be overlooked no more...xx

You may have overlooked my last few posts
so here are some links in case...


Paula - Buenos Aires said...

I changed from tropical fruits to red fruits tea today. Yse, the season is changing. :D

Anonymous said...

I have heard of Golden Syrup but it comes in a tin here and its from England, it is yummy , not sure if its the same as yours though, Maple Syrup season will soon start here, thats the only syrup we really have in our house, its yummy too.Great painting of the yummy liquid gold!

Jennifer McLean said...

Ooh, I KNEW there was a reason I love you!! When we lived in Ontario, thousands of miles away from our west coast, we would beg people to bring us some Golden syrup for our pancakes, hehehe. We then fell in love with maple syrup when we ran out of the Golden. Now, back in the west coast, we beg for the maple, hehehe. always want what you cannot have. ;o)
Now that Easter is just around the corner, I'm wishing I lived with you, we could gorge on mint chocolate eggs, hehehe. I'm gonna search high and low for them this easter.

Kristin Dudish said...

I frequently get an education when I visit (and I love it!)... I've never heard of golden syrup. And, before we became buddies, I thought vegemite was just some crazy word in a "Men At Work" song! Ha!

You are so awesome... Golden Syrup can't help but become "cool" again by your talented hands!


p.s. Your stack of unfinished paintings made me feel so much better... You wouldn't believe me if I told you the number of started surfaces I have piled in the corner of my studio. (Seriously, it's obscene.) Maybe we should start a challenge to finish things up! Hee hee!

Unknown said...

I never heard of Golden Syrup, but now I want some!! Take me to syrup town!! Plus pancakes. I want pancakes. And honey infused with ginger. I didn't even know you could do that!!

Bev said...

oh firstly great sketch u are so good at it , golden syrup oh yes on everything favourite is on warm pancakes or pikelets with icecream ummmmm , yes thats gonna be my dessert tonight lol been having frozen berries , thawed with icecream and a meringue crushed on top ummmm i might have my dessert for lunch lol
luv ya

Unknown said...

I have never heard of golden syrup. It sounds interesting! Your rendition of the bottle is quite nice! :)

Jez said...

As soon asI started reading your post I had a vision of the Tate and Lyle Golden Syrup tin, with a bible quote of 'Out of (????) comes forth Sweetness. I remember someone I used to know who ate syrup butties (north country for sandwiches).
It strange that no matter how good a painting is, there is always one special little favourite bit. For me it is that lovely white squiggle at the bottom of the bottle. Love it.

TwinkleToes2day said...

Jez - "Out of the strong came forth sweetness" :0)

I'm with you Tracey! Tate & Lyle's Golden Syrup lives long & strong in our house. Along with the occasional syrup butty it gets used in porridge & on pancakes too. But what are 'pikelets'?
Awesome picture btw, shame you can't get the tins tho' :0) Mo x

Giggles said...

Oh yes we have golden syrup here in the land of maple syrup!! I use golden for the almond roca I's a candy topped with chocolate and toasted almonds! You may be familiar with it having lived in Florida.

Awesome illustration...some of the food concoctions are scary though...But I may try them!!

Hugs Giggles

TwinkleToes2day said...

Thanks a lot Tracey!! That's several hundred calories I DIDn't need to intake! I've just had syrup on toast! I couldn't stop thinking about it after reading this post :-O Oh well, I suppose there's always elasticated jeans! :-p
:0) Mo x

Unknown said...

I have two tins of Lyle's syrup in my cupboard...wonderful stuff. Heat it up and chuck in some bicarb and you get die for.... I think there should be a petition in oz to bring back the lion... :)

Robin Sample said...

Well the name is certainly enticing..."golden syrup." You make me want to try some, since I definitely love honey and maple syrup. Lovely illustration!

Sandra Busby said...

It's funny - I hate the taste of honey - YUCK! But I LOVE Golden Syrup! We ALWAYS have it in the cupboard and I love serving lashings of it over vanilla ice-cream.... Wow - your paintings are very good because my mouth is actually watering! :0)

Elissa said...

Nothing beats good old Tate & Lyle's Golden Syrup. Squeezing out the golden stuff can't beat prising the lid off a wonderfully sticky green and golden tin now can it!

Thanks for the reminder, I'm off to the kitchen to make golden syrup toffee :)

Carolyn Dube said...

I haven't had syrup in years- but now I am feeling I need to for some strange reason. You make a very persuasive argument!

Paper rainbow said...

Have to say it but i'm more of a honey on porridge girl, but your great sketch has me wondering if I should give syrup a go.Maybe I should go do a taste test now.... ;)

Unknown said...

I really love your illustrations :) It's interesting that you're heading towards Autumn while we are approaching spring here in Ireland. I do love syrup on my pancakes. Enjoy your day!


Neesie said...

I think I was possibly weened on Tate & Lyle's Golden's always been in any house that I've ever lived in. Funny that isn't it?
I love your illustration of the squeezey bottle but I can certainly relate to your love of the green and gold tin. It could get really messy pouring and there was nothing else for just had to lick the rim!!!! Oooh did I say that...shouldn't have let that slip...but I know you won't tell anyone ;D
Great entry for APR Trace,
Have a great week xoxo

Lisabella Russo said...

Uh oh, I've never tried golden syrup before... I think you've added something delicious to my "I'd like to try it" list! I love your art, it's so beautiful, which if I only thought about your subject matter apart from your renderings, well, there's an unexpected beauty there that's all you.

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Tracey,
I've never tried golden syrup! I love these sketches. I always think I don't have anything to sketch, then see what a wonderful job you do with something a corkscrew and I say "why didn't I think of that?!" I'll be sharing some of my sketches on my blog soon. Big hugs,

Currie Silver said...

lip smackin' good-o!!