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What is astragalus and where can I buy it?

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by anon3372, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. Astragalus is what google tells me it is - if anyone has the Debbie Brown books, maybe there is a different word for it?
     
  2. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    Not got the books, CQ, but all I can find on t'internet is some kind of planty thing which is mainly used in herbal medicine or as a supplement.
    No mention of its uses in cookery. Unless Debbie knows something that we don't...
     
  3. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    No idea, I've used liquid glucose to make fondant icing.
     
  4. Yes, that is what she uses for fondant icing (takes me ages to find that here too) but she uses this other stuff, whatever it is for her "modelling mass".
    This is one of the books I have:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Enchanted-Cakes-Children-Merehurst-Decorating/dp/1853918490/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1307382276&sr=8-9
    and this one:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Easy-Party-Cakes-Debbie-Brown/dp/1853918555/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1307382276&sr=8-16
    so if any of you happen to have them in English (or feel like sacrificing yourself to pop into Waterstones and have a peak for me) - please put me out of my misery!
    (I have done the look inside the book thing but exactly THIS bit seems to be missing!)

     
  5. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    I'm in Edinburgh on Friday and have a few hours to kill before my pal can meet me, so I'll poodle along to Waterstones and have a neb for you. [​IMG]
     
  6. awwwwwwww, you are a star and a darling [​IMG]
     
  7. In the book (the enchanted one) - where she explains it, she is making a mermaid, if that is any help!
     
  8. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    That'll narrow it down a bit! [​IMG]
     
  9. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    Those cakes are gorgeous!
    I love the cat stuck in the ball of wool (how could you eat the wee soul though???).
     
  10. They are!
    I often wish I hadn't bought them - my children are now very demanding about cake decoration!
    Mine don't look anything as good as Debbie's - but they go down well at school when there is an occasion to take one in.
     
  11. ljr

    ljr New commenter

    Have a look at these suppliers - is this what you are looking for?

    http://www.cakescookiesandcraftsshop.co.uk/acatalog/Gum-Tragacanth.html

    http://www.cake-stuff.com/gum-tragacanth-pure-cakestuff-15g-p-1148.html
     
  12. ooooooooooh, that sounds like it could be!
    Soooo, manashee - you need to look for mermaid and the mention of gurn(gum?) (I cannae read the bleddy screen with or without glasses - is that an rn or an m?) tragacanth (whatever the hell the stuff is!)

     
  13. I know I typed that as an RN and an M.
    I still cannot blinkin see what I have typed myself in lower case.
    ****
     
  14. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

  15. GuN?(really wondering if I am blind).
    Can you give me a bit more info about what it actually is/does, lapin? (you are our baking guru, after all).

     
  16. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    Gum tragacanth. Got it!
    I'll swing by our excellent wholefood shop (which stocks many unusual non-supermarket type things) tomorrow and see if they have it, then I'll check the book on Friday to make sure that is indeed what it is.
    If I can find it, d'you want me to get you some and bob it in the post?
     
  17. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    It's a vegetable cellulose, hang on 2nd Corrie is on.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragacanth
     
  18. Hey, sweetie, I already owe you a parcel!

     
  19. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    Ach away with you, CQ! [​IMG]
    Lapin, I'm so upset for Fiz. Poor wee soul. [​IMG]
     
  20. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    Me too, have a few to catch up on, but o/h is on nights so Sky+ will be in full action!
     

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