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Memories of things past

Memories of things past

For Proust it was madeleines, for me it's Mikados, pink jam-filled, coconut dusted marshmallows on top of a somewhat nondescript biscuit. Mikados, Mr Perri crisps, Mi-wadi squash, HB ice-cream all evoke childhood memories.
Then there were the more 'exotic' treats like Wagonwheels and Munchies which could only be purchased across the border in Northern Ireland.
Of course, there was my mother's home cooking, her freshly baked cakes and scones, bread made with buttermilk, sometimes our own, sometimes from a neighbouring farm. Mostly her cooking was of the 'meat and two veg' variety for rice and pasta, peppers, garlic, courgettes and augergines had yet to become common ingredients in the Irish kitchen. To this day 'shepherds pie' remains one of my favourite winter comfort foods along with porridge, which strangely I didn't like as a child at all.
Not very happy with this image but thought I'd better take it before my props disappeared! It was a dull grey day and it was only after I'd uploaded it that I realised that the ISO was too high and there's a lot of noise. Serves me right for being too lazy and not getting my tripod out I guess.

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Alan K11-Feb-2010 09:43
I don't think that the noise (such as it is; to my eye there isn't an excess of it) matters that much with the combination of the very shallow DOF and, more importantly, the textures of the biscuits; the combination just "works". By the way, a random piece of Australiana for you, down here we call the equivalent biscuits "Iced Vo Vos". (And I share your love of Shepherd's Pie, alas it's a little too hot and summery for it here at the moment.)
larose forest photos09-Feb-2010 04:38
I love this shot! And it evoked memories of things that I loved as child: treacle pudding! Treacle tarts, and jam tarts! These look pretty good too!! VV
LynnH08-Feb-2010 22:51
Unfortunately, I didn't get to enjoy these treats as a youngster. I do like country cooking though and I'm very, very fond of onions, garlic, zucchini (courgettes) and eggplants (augergines)! I think this photo is wonderful. Not noticing that much noise at all. Thank you for the nice walk down memory lane!
Keith O'Brien08-Feb-2010 22:12
Haven't had any of these for a long time! Thanks for reminding me!
Neal Nye08-Feb-2010 12:20
All these treats are things I'm unfamiliar with. But you sure make them look good in your image!
January Grey08-Feb-2010 05:05
You're making me hungry, Mairead :) What wonderful memories & a lovely treat! Beautifully captured! V~
Sheila07-Feb-2010 22:28
Very pretty shot evoking memories for me too.
Patricia Kay07-Feb-2010 21:43
Delicious treat for a cold winters day Mairead...Its a lovely image...BV
tinkerb07-Feb-2010 21:40
I confess I don't recall these at all - you were lucky all I remember were broken biscuits, times were tough! I have long since come to the conclusion that Wagon Wheels haven't got smaller, just my stomach bigger!!! Nice picture and love the narrative.
Doug Cruden07-Feb-2010 21:25
Mmmm, a childhood fave of mine too! I think you're being to hard on yourself, though - I can't see any excessive noise here, no more than is normal...
pkocinski07-Feb-2010 21:01
They look so good to me but then again I like sweets.
Johnny JAG07-Feb-2010 19:41
I remember those, you're making me peckish.
Kevin Chester07-Feb-2010 19:09
DDDrrroooolllling :-p
Nicki Thurgar07-Feb-2010 18:53
I know everyone says it... but Wagon Wheels are definitely smaller than they were when I was a child... or was that because my hands were smaller? ;O)
Máire Uí Mhaicín07-Feb-2010 18:48
Ah... delicious Mikados. Now I'll just have to put on the kettle..
Stephanie07-Feb-2010 18:05
These look delicious! Yum! :)
Phillip Normanton07-Feb-2010 17:56
Cor - I don't know why but I think I remember these even though I'm pretty sure I've never eaten one. I wouldn't mind trying one now tho with a fresh cup of hot tea :o)
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