||[Feb. 17th, 2011|09:22 am]
A story caught my eye in Tuesday’s Toronto Star that said that cupcakes, which have enjoyed the limelight for the last year or two, are yesterday. I would say they were toast but that would be too much of a mixed metaphor. Anyway, for a while the macaron was apparently a contender for the cake crown; I don’t think I’ve ever had one so can’t comment. Now, gourmet donuts are predicted to be the next big thing. The article was accompanied by a photo of some luscious-looking ginger donuts with lemon-lime filling. Sounds Yum. I’d gladly go there.
In the meantime, I’m happy with whatever Tim Horton’s serves up. They are an iconic coffee shop chain in this country, less well represented in the States. Their donuts aren’t stellar, just good. I think Boston Cream is my favourite.
Here’s another donut story. We have a friend who lives in the village, Jason Walker is his name. He paints donuts – meticulously and in great detail. Above is a sample of his work. You can see more here: http://www.madametutliputli.com/ You’ll note that he’s also a very fine portrait photographer, but donuts are his bread and butter. (Ooops,there go the mixed metaphors again.)
Jason is learning to drive. A week or two ago I was going to Toronto; he needed a ride, so we travelled together. He had a lot of errands to do around town, but part of his mission was to find unusual donuts to paint.
There is a Tim Horton’s at a service centre on the way in, where we stopped. Now Tim Horton’s sometimes has limited edition donuts and Jason happily scored two – one a simple donut with a hole, with pink icing and red and white sprinkles, the other a no-hole donut, garishly decorated with multi-coloured sprinkles. Gruesome - but perfect. Jason asked for them in a box – the server seemed puzzled but Jason explained he photographs donuts, which made the server even more puzzled. Anyway, it was a good start to the day. Part of his mission was to scour the donut shops around Chinatown for more varieties. I’m not sure how he did.
There is a good market for his paintings. As you’ll see from his website, Jason is represented by a prestigious gallery. His donut paintings sell for thousands of dollars.