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Old Dec 19th 2018, 5:31 am
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Originally Posted by BEVS
..with real marzipan and royal icing ?
What's royal icing? Is it so called because it's hard?

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Was at a small grocery chain yesterday, got some beef, label says 100% grass fed Australian beef, what gets me is it was cheaper then BC grass fed beef, you would think the BC meat would be lower considering it doesn't need to travel nearly as far
The rents are higher in BC
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What's royal icing? Is it so called because it's hard?



The rents are higher in BC
The Australians are always saying how pricey Australia is...lol
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What's royal icing? Is it so called because it's hard?



The rents are higher in BC
What, so Canada’s LaLa Land not so perfect/desirable after all.
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The Australians are always saying how pricey Australia is...lol
I guess it depends on where you are. My daughter rents a 1 bedroom unit 52 km from the city for $1200/mo plus all utilities (gas, electricity , water, etc). She gets 1 parking space. In the city she would pay double that for a comparable place.
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What's royal icing? Is it so called because it's hard?
Royal icing is made with egg white and icing sugar with a dash of lemon juice. It dries like cement so is used to hold together gingerbread houses and for making those rock hard flowers you can buy in the supermarket.
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Royal icing is made with egg white and icing sugar with a dash of lemon juice. It dries like cement so is used to hold together gingerbread houses and for making those rock hard flowers you can buy in the supermarket.
A few drops of glycerine stops it from going rock hard for covering cakes.
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A few drops of glycerine stops it from going rock hard for covering cakes.
Thanks. I'll try that
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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
Was at a small grocery chain yesterday, got some beef, label says 100% grass fed Australian beef, what gets me is it was cheaper then BC grass fed beef, you would think the BC meat would be lower considering it doesn't need to travel nearly as far

Not a store I normally go to since its geared towards hipsters with money but had a gift card, don't usually buy such fancy meat either,
NZ lamb home grown is incredibly expensive here in NZ. However it is relatively cheap in the countries it is exported to. They also get the finest whereas NZ ends up with the lesser grade.
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I guess it depends on where you are. My daughter rents a 1 bedroom unit 52 km from the city for $1200/mo plus all utilities (gas, electricity , water, etc). She gets 1 parking space. In the city she would pay double that for a comparable place.

Royal icing is made with egg white and icing sugar with a dash of lemon juice. It dries like cement so is used to hold together gingerbread houses and for making those rock hard flowers you can buy in the supermarket.
52km from Vancouver and your in Langley, only marginally cheaper there, might be able to find something for 1,200 but then you will need a car so there may actually be no net savings living that far out if renting a 1 bedroom and commuting to Vancouver for work.

Rents in Vancouver proper are not usually double the burbs except maybe downtown, we pay 1,750 and are 5-10 mins from downtown. Parking and water is included, electricity is not but only runs about $50 per month.

There is a brand new building 5 minutes up the road from us, 1,500 a month for a 1 bedroom.

Only 2 reasons that make Vancouver expensive the cost of housing and lower wages, otherwise everything else is pretty affordable, just rent/housing eats so much of peoples income, they dont have much income left after.

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NZ lamb home grown is incredibly expensive here in NZ. However it is relatively cheap in the countries it is exported to. They also get the finest whereas NZ ends up with the lesser grade.
Funny how things work.
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Royal icing is made with egg white and icing sugar with a dash of lemon juice. It dries like cement so is used to hold together gingerbread houses and for making those rock hard flowers you can buy in the supermarket.
So is the softer kind just called 'icing' then? I'm just curious why the royal part rather than soft or hard.
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Royal icing is made with egg white and icing sugar with a dash of lemon juice. It dries like cement so is used to hold together gingerbread houses and for making those rock hard flowers you can buy in the supermarket.[/QUOTE]

Anyone remember "iced gems" loved em when i was a kid.
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Anyone remember "iced gems" loved em when i was a kid.
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So is the softer kind just called 'icing' then? I'm just curious why the royal part rather than soft or hard.
It's called royal.because it was used to decorate Queen Victoria's wedding cake. (So says Google)
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So is the softer kind just called 'icing' then? I'm just curious why the royal part rather than soft or hard.
The following is what my mum told me when she was teaching me to cook.

Soft icing that you can roll and mold is fondant icing.

Icing sugar and butter is called buttercream icing...it can be used as a filling and to cover cakes. It is usually used for sponge cakes etc.

Royal icing is usually used to cover fruit cakes...wedding, Christmas cakes etc. It is usually placed over marzipan. It can be made to dry very hard or glycerine can be added to soften it a little to cover cakes.
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It's called royal.because it was used to decorate Queen Victoria's wedding cake. (So says Google)
Ta!

I did google, honest.

I kept finding recipes.
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