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Best Dessert In Fullerton: Sticky Toffee Pudding At The Olde Ship.

January 9th, 2015 No comments

Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Old Ship

Have you had the Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant?  It’s one of the BEST Desserts I’ve had in my life and it’s perfectly served in warm Heavy Cream.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

I’ve had it three times and still can’t stop thinking about going back for it again.  I suggest going to The Olde Ship each time we’ve dined out recently, but my husband needs more food variety.  It’s a rich dessert that’s best shared, so not to be put over the Sugar edge.  The unsweetened Heavy Cream balances the sweetness beautifully.  I love The Olde Ship for this dessert, other authentic British dishes and its cozy atmosphere, especially during Christmas time.

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I searched for The Olde Ship’s Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe online, but didn’t find it, I’m told it’s made with Dried Apricots and other things.  I may attempt a copycat recipe after a little more study.  I visited The British Grocer, a store run by the same people at The Olde Ship in Fullerton and Santa Ana.  The British Grocer is in Fullerton, down the street from The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant on North Harbor Boulevard.  I’ve yet to visit its Santa Ana location, but hear it’s larger.

Heinz Sticky Toffee Pudding

Pictured directly above is a prepared, canned Sticky Toffee Pudding I purchased from The British Grocer.  I was told by a clerk there that’s its flavor is most like the one made at The Olde Ship. The store offered two options, one that’s frozen and this one that was canned.

Boiling Sticky Toffee Pudding

Surprisingly this one is made by Heinz and it does have a similar, rich flavor that’s good served with warm Heavy Cream, though it has a different, more Bread Pudding like texture, rather than a loose, Bran Muffin texture like the Sticky Toffee Pudding prepared at The Olde Ship.  I’ll buy more of both.

STP Label

I served the Heinz Sticky Toffee Pudding the same way, which made it taste great.

Heinz STP (Boiled)

It’s romantic and beautiful inside the Pub, with hundreds of lights in December.

Me at The Old Ship

Pictured below is the Great British Breakfast that’s served with a Banger, Baked Beans, Irish Bacon, a Tomato, Mushrooms and Fried Toast.  At first glance, the Toast looks basic, but it’s fried. I thought I’d like that more than I did, but toasted is better.  I like the Baked Beans a lot.

Breakfast at The Old Ship

The Olde Ship’s Famous Clam Chowder is very good too, with lots of Clams.

Clam Chowder

Back to why this post started… The magnificent Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Old Ship (below).

Sticky Toffee Pudding in Heavy Cream

Until we meet again, aka when my husband is ready to go back — I have to be reasonable.

Red & Green Foods Of December: Food Coloring Series Revisited.

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

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It’s already December — Another year flew by too fast and my computer just went kaput.  This month starts with a test of my new computer and return to Nibbles of Tidbits’ Food Coloring Series, featuring the relevant colors of Red & Green, and timely food ideas that spotlight them.

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Most dishes can be deciphered without a recipe or tailored to your taste.

Red and Green Food

Previous Food Coloring Series posts are linked here — Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, etc.

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Some dishes start off festive, but once the Peppers and Cucumbers get eaten, then what?

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If looking for more Red & Green Food Ideas, they’re linked here.

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Merry Christmas to me from my new computer.

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More to test and explore, after Shrimp Cocktails and picture-perfect Christmas Cookies.

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An impressive Snowman Fruit Bowl that’s perfect for the season and looks easy to make.

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Credits and additional instructions may be linked: Crostini’s, Shrimp Cocktails, Christmas Cookies, Christmas Wreath Vegetable Platter, BLT Salad, and Snowman Fruit Bowl.  Happy Holidays!

Halloween Cupcake & Cookie Decorating: Priceless Annual Treats.

October 27th, 2014 No comments

Yellowtail, Halloween 008

The true annual treat is spending time with best friends decorating Halloween Cookies, Cupcakes and Candy.  Each year we take home trays and boxes of homemade and hand decorated treats after a fun evening of trickery — It’s quite a funny bunch (below).

Halloween 2014 Friends

I’m truly grateful for all!

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This year’s decorating ideas are posted here and others from previous years are linked here.

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We’re no design professionals, but have a lot of laughs and the Cookies always taste great.

Halloween Cookies 2014

It’s also possible that you may learn how not to decorate your Halloween Cookies here. ;)

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Halloween Appetizer Idea — Deviled Eggs with Olive Spiders.  You can figure it out.

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Happy Halloween from Nibbles of Tidbits and friends.

Photo Anniversary Cake From Albertsons: Happy 50th Mom & Dad.

June 15th, 2014 No comments

Anniversary Cake

We got this Cake for our parents 50th Wedding Anniversary — It’s them on the edible topping.  They were impressed to see it and so were we.  It’s from Albertson’s Bakery.  It tasted good too, with a Whipped Cream Frosting, Vanilla Cake and Strawberry Filling.

Fruit Trifle With Ladyfingers & Whipped Cream For The Best Lady.

May 11th, 2014 No comments

Fruit Trifle

Ladyfingers, Fruit, Whip… Ladyfingers, Fruit, Whip… Ladyfingers, Fruit, Whip — That’s basically how you make it.  Insert any Fruit for the “Fruit.”  I used Strawberries, Blueberries and Kiwis.  The Ladyfingers were store bought to save time, but I will always whip my own Heavy Cream with a little Sugar to make it taste best.  The pictured Fruit Trifle was made for Mother’s Day.

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If wanting to make it extra pretty, create the Trifle’s outer design separately from its layering.  Fruit looks best vertically through the glass, but is layered horizontally — In other words, place the Fruit and Ladyfingers against the glass as shown, or how you want it, and then layer as chanted in the middle/inside.  Repeat process as you build upward.

Howdini Video: 7 Easter Celebration Ideas In 2 Minutes 20 Seconds.

April 18th, 2014 No comments


Happy Easter from Nibbles of Tidbits — More food PLEASE and much THANKS for all.

There Are No Bananas Here: April Fools, Only Dolphins.

April 1st, 2014 No comments

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Bananas in the HOUSE indeed — See them?  It’s not always clear.  I see Matt, and I see… ;) .

In The Mood For Heart Shaped Food Simply Because Loves Near Me.

January 17th, 2014 No comments

Heart Shaped Food

It’s not about me here, but some have asked… “Where have you been?”  Though FOOD is the star (and heart) of Nibbles of Tidbits, its publisher (me) is getting married in a week.  Oh boy!  So, I’m still here, but currently busy seeing the world through heart shaped glasses.

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Notwithstanding, there’s big stuff coming here, after the REALLY big stuff happens.

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I love this low calorie Banana Split (above) — Maybe I should marry it. ;)

Photo credits are linked here, here and here, respectively.  Thank you.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas With Cookies And Cupcakes.

December 24th, 2013 No comments

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Back together again decorating Cookies and Cupcakes in 2013.

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With the Cookie Gang, minus member taking the photo — We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Naked Cookies frosted to become Snowmen, Reindeer, Christmas Trees and more.

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Happy Birthday Jesus and Happy New Year to you — There’s much to appreciate throughout.

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Good tidings we bring to you and your kin — Good tidings for Christmas and always.

Happy Thanksgiving: Thankful For Blessings Of Candy Turkeys.

November 28th, 2013 No comments

Oreo Turkey

Oreos, Whoppers, Candy Corn and Reese’s with a little adhesive Frosting anyone?  Recipe.

Free Veterans Day Meals And Deals Nearby: Thank You Soldiers.

November 11th, 2013 No comments

Flag Cake

Veterans and active-duty military personnel deserve to take advantage of the day.  It’s Veterans Day and many want to say thanks!  Several restaurants and others are offering FREE meals.  Those qualified should plan their schedule around the options — Start here.

Thanksgiving Day Vegetable Platter: Could You Recreate This?

November 9th, 2013 No comments

Thanksgiving Veggies

How to contribute to Thanksgiving — Make this Turkey Vegetable Platter for your family and/or friends.  One friend is making this for her family on Thanksgiving and she’s going to send us a photo when it’s done.  We’ll be posting it here in an update.  That ain’t no jive.

Thank You Meal For Veterans Soon To Be Offered At Applebee’s.

November 4th, 2013 No comments

Free Veteran's Day Meal

To me, Veterans and Active Duty Military matter the most — Thank you for your sacrifice!  It’s because of that I live free.  And because of that, they’re most deserving of a FREE meal at Applebee’s this coming Veteran’s Day.  Nice job Applebee’s.  See their special menu here.

Halloween To Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Purposes In October & November.

October 31st, 2013 No comments

Halloween Table

Happy Halloween — If ever there was a time to carve, decorate or eat a Pumpkin, it’s now.

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This year especially, Pumpkins are available in a lot more colors than orange.

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Though it kicks off scary, Pumpkin’s purpose is a magnificent thing — It’s simply stylish & tasty.

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I cherish its Seeds, Soups and Pies in Fall (or anytime at all).

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They’re diverse on the table as decor, a side or dessert, or as the table for snacks and apps.

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Several large and small examples are posted for reference.

Pumpkin Table

Post was inspired by this day and our food coloring series — Some shown here.

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Photo credits are here, here, here, here, here, here and here — Thanks!

August Is National Sandwich Month: High Five Or Ten To That.

August 1st, 2013 No comments

Sandwich

Sandwich, Handwich (and Panini’s too) — It’s time for this many of them in August.

Singing ‘Sweet Home United States of America’ All Summer Long.

July 9th, 2013 No comments

Summer Flag Cake

It’s the simple things in life, like when and where — Enjoy it All Summer Long (and always).

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Snapshots of Summer in America — Thanks (again and again) to those who paved the way.

Grapes

We grew these Grapes (above) and will report more about ‘em later.

Watermelon

Free to cut or sledgehammer a Watermelon, if we so choose.

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Pink Lemonade near the pool.

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Sipping Whiskey out of the bottle, not thinking about tomorrow — Okay, it was Pina Coladas.

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Singing sweet home USA all summer long…

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob with Oil, Butter, Garlic and Herbs wrapped in foil.

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Potato Salad with never too much Mayo — The only way to have it (or none is fine too).

Potato Salad

Celebrate America Cupcakes anytime.

4th of July Cupcakes

Pasta Salad — Add a lot of Italian Dressing.  If unsure, add more.  Better more, than less.

Pasta Salad

Star Spangled Cupcake.

4th of July Cupcake

Water Balloons ready for a fight — Unfortunately had to put away the camera for it.

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Maggie (below) ready to catch BBQ area leftovers.

Maggie

Oh, how we thought those days would never end…

The Sweetest Happy Father’s Day Card In The World.

June 14th, 2013 No comments

Fathers Day Card

Happy Father’s Day to all great Dads in Heaven and on earth — Life is sweet because of y’all.

Cupcakes On National Hamburger Day In National Hamburger Month.

May 28th, 2013 No comments

Hamburger Cupcakes

Today is National Hamburger Day in May, National Hamburger Month — It’s okay, have one.

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The only way to have a Cupcake is with a Brownie in the middle — It’s the Burger part of the pictured Hamburger Cupcake.  To make the rest, simply cut a Yellow Cake Cupcake in half, top with a round-cut Brownie, yellow (for Mustard), red (for Ketchup) and green (for Lettuce) Frosting, and then top with other half of the Cupcake and Sesame Seeds.  Dessert of the day.

Memorial Day Weekend: The Actual Time When Food Is Secondary.

May 24th, 2013 No comments

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Thank you isn’t enough for such an important sacrifice — We’re forever grateful here.

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Now free to BBQ in America.

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Honor, and then chow down — A Hot Dog and Hamburger for me, please.

Honor Memorial Day This Way: Our Brave Soldiers Allow Us Every Day.

May 21st, 2013 No comments

Memorial Day Food

Do you need a recipe for the pictured dessert?  If so, it’s here.  I’d use fresh Whipped Cream between the layers, or Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese like its publisher.  You can use Pudding or whatever you want.  And the rest is visually apparent, right?  It’s an impressive Holiday Layer Cake that’s easy to make with a store bought Angel Food Cake.  Cherish Memorial Day.

Public Service Announcement: Honor Thy Mother This Sunday & Always.

May 8th, 2013 No comments

Happy Mom's Day Cookies

I sure appreciate my Mom — I’m reminded to visit and eat on Mother’s Day.  Lucky me.

Mom's Day Cupcakes

I’ll try to be on-time and it’s likely my gift won’t be as stylish as these, so enjoy the photos.

Mom's Day Idea's

And/or create something unique, if so inclined — Pictured instructions for all above are here.

Cinco De Mayo: Cookies, Fruit Palm Trees & Post Margarita Texts.

May 4th, 2013 No comments

Cinco De Mayo Cookies

Happy Cinco de Mayo amigos — Ideas regarding what to make, eat and drink are here.

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I hope not to receive any drunnnnk texts from this dog.  Be on alert. ;)

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How about this for a Cinco de Mayo Breakfast?  Assembled Kiwis, Bananas & Tangerines.

Happy Five Year Anniversary Nibbles Of Tidbits: Let’s Eat To Many More.

April 24th, 2013 No comments

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Look at the Cake I didn’t make — It’s pretty and proper since today is Nibbles of Tidbits 5 Year Anniversary.  Time sure flies and life is short so savor each moment.  Happy Anniversary to us!

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The top line may push it a bit, but I concur with the general finding.  All is good — Thank God.