Flowers inside and out today at the Halo Baking Emporium and Chocolaterie in Birmingham UK. Outside, an unseasonably warm day, very nearly a shirt sleeves type of day, with baby daffodils and crocuses pushing their way out to wave about in the sunshine. Inside, a tantalising Eastern aroma and taste as I created the Halo Baking Emporium and Chocolaterie’s Pistachio Cardamom and Rose Brittle.
I’ve been enjoying deep inhalations of both the fresh spring air and the scents given off by the exotic ingredients in the Emporium this sunny Sunday. Rose water and rose petals gave a flowery sweetness, whilst bashing open cardamom pods and grinding the seeds releases both an enticing fragrance and any held tension from the week! The brittle itself tastes simply exquisite; the combination of rose, cardamom, brittle, and pistachio whisks you into an Arabian Nights story with the first crack of the caramel in your mouth. This delectable delight is also vegan as well as being gluten free, unless you prefer the underside coated with a layer of white chocolate.
Available as a bag for £6.50 from my Etsy shop; vegan or chocolate coated to your preference. http://www.etsy.com/listing/94543977/halo-chocolaterie-selection-bag
Some wonderful feedback also received from my most recent recipients of the Delights Box, ranging from “awesome, really good” all the way through to slightly disturbing noises typed into an email with multiple exclamation marks. With Mother’s Day this weekend coming I’d advise getting orders in quickly to ensure delivery after being made to order, although as an occasional customer of the late night garage forecourt myself I will always endeavour to meet any last minute requests!
Mom and Dad Halo have been giving their feedback on a box too; Mom Halo gives up chocolate for Lent every year (the willpower!) but reported that they “smelt just lovely” and has put an order in for the very minute Lent ends, whilst Dad Halo had this to offer: “Why put sea salt in caramel?” *eats the Sea Salted Caramel Egg* “Oh that’s why.” Having been on the receiving end of a number of the more outrageous cooking and baking experiments of my youth they have developed somewhat of a devil may care insouciance when on their visits I enthusiastically proffer a spoon at them with a cry of “taste this! You’ll never have tasted it before!” It’s from both of them I learnt my love of feeding people, although I think they would both hasten to add that the experimental streak is all mine!
With promising beginnings of that t-shirt sun tan, Halo from the Halo Baking Emporium and Chocolaterie in the UK.