Yummy Gummies….


So the fashion and food blogs are full of stories about how cool it is to have wine flavored gummy bears, more specifically rose flavored dummies. How hard can this be I thought as I trolled Amazon for a mold to try them at home. Success!


All you need is wine ( 1/4 cup for 50 bears), sugar, plain gelatin and gel food coloring. I used  sparkling Moscato because it was open, but I will definitely be doing this again with Rose. Mix sugar and 3 packets of gelatin together in a heatproof measuring cup. Heat the wine to between 90° and 100°, any higher temp and you will lose the wine flavor. Pour wine onto powdered ingredients and mix until all the gelatin is dissolved and the add some food coloring and stir well to make sure it’s distributed.

Pour into molds that are on rimmed cooking sheets and then use an offset spatula or the edge of a flat blade to scrape liquid excess away. Put the whole cookie sheet into the fridge and let chill for a few hours. The dummies will pop right out!



I used a recipe from Pinterest ( where else?) but you can adapt this by changing wine to water and adding a drop of candy flavoring! In preparation for an India Hicks event next week, I of course, experimented with Flamingo for a color, because, well….you can never have too much Flamingo!


When we rest….

Rest is a relative word in that our total miles per day walked dropped down to about 4 and about 4 pm we cried ‘uncle’ and took a BIG nap! We started the day in a cab with a panoramic roof! What a great idea! And we were off to Bon Marche, the left bank department store. ( Which of course is different than the right bank department store/s of BHV, Samartaine, and Printemps.)

We ha our sites set on la grand epicerie of the Bon Marche, which obligingly greeted us with the wall of rose wine! I felt so loved and appreciated! 

We wandered around for a couple of hours tasting and sniffing and ooh-la-la ing over everything, because as my fried A said, “the French can make anything look smart and sophisticated”. See if you can tell which of these things are not like the other…

We stopped for a quick tapas lunch in the store, how convenient and considerate of Bon Marche…

Then we hit the main store for a look at some ‘big, fat nerve’ pricing as I call it where I actually held a pair of Christian Louboutin ballet slippers in my hand and then I got ahold of myself and hot footed it out of there…but they were beautiful…sigh.

We had a lovely late nap and a late dinner at a beauty of a restaurant called l’Orangerie which we had seen on our first nite in town.


Drinking Pink…


Haven’t seen many rose’s from South Africa, they usually have a French appellation, but this one was yummy as you can see from the fact that the bottle is empty. It was a gift, so not sure where it was procured, but highly recommended to go with antipasto, fish or lamb.