Friday, November 10, 2006

Reversion to childhood

Fairy bread!

21 Comments:

Queen of West Procrastination said...

Um, how can I get myself some of that? Like, right now? In Canada?

grace said...

Yes, please! Pass it round.

StyleyGeek said...

I'm not sure about right now, but if I mail it off now it should reach you in a couple of weeks :)

Alternatively, follow the instructions on this page.

shrinkydink said...

What are 100s and 1000s?

StyleyGeek said...

Little balls of tapioca covered in sugar and and coloured with exciting chemicals. You can't tell me you don't have those in the Land of Plenty?

New Kid on the Hallway said...

We have little mini colored balls of sugar, but we don't call them 100s and 1000s. (And this post is so making me nostalgic for my childhood! I don't think I've ever had fairy bread, and I can't even remember if I knew of it by that name, but my mom is English and I remember reading about this in English kids books and really wanting to try it. ;-D)

New Kid on the Hallway said...

Oh my god, I checked out the page and now I really want to make THE NUTELLA VERSION!!! Yummmmmm....

Twirly said...

No fairy bread or 100s or 1000s that I know of - does the 100 and 1000 refer to the diameter of the balls?

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wolfa said...

Oh, I used to read about hundreds and thousands in mystery novels and the like.

But -- and clearly it's just me -- pretty as this is (very pretty), the idea of bread covered in jimmies (I'm not sure if they're still jimmies if they're not the long rod shaped ones, though) is not even vaguely appealing as something to *eat*.

StyleyGeek said...

Wolfa, that's only because you didn't eat it as a child. The point is that you only ever get them at birthday parties, so when you make them for yourselves as an adult it's like you're five years old again and got invited to the best birthday party EVER with fairy bread and chocolate crackles and sausage rolls and cheerios and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and WAAAAH I wanna go home now where's MY present?!?!?!

New Kid, it's just not the same with nutella. It's just WRONG.

Twirly, I have no idea what the etymology of 100s and 1000s is. I am clearly a failure as a linguist.

erica said...

OMG you have totally made me want to run out to IGA and pick up some sprinkles. Sigh. Seeing this *instantly* transported me back to numerous birthdays!

Lucy said...

Nutella can't be wrong! I need to try that version.

Twirly, there are 100s and 1000s of them.

Wolfa, it's basically sugar on bread, what's not to like?

wolfa said...

I grant that this would probably be far more appealing if I'd grown up eating it. What are cheerios? They can't be the cheerios we have, right? Chocolate crackles?

Bread covered in nutella! How delicious. I think I'd skip the jimmies, there, too. I am not a huge fan of the jimmie. They do make for pretty confetti cakes, though.

shrinkydink said...

But sprinkles and jimmies aren't balls of tapoical covered in sugar and colors ... those sound magical. Are they chewy? I love tapioca.

StyleyGeek said...

Cheerios are tiny bright red chemically enhanced sausages. About the size of your thumb. You serve them on toothpicks with tomato sauce for dipping.

Chocolate crackles are rice bubbles mixed with cocoa, sugar and butter and then put into cupcake cases until they set.

What did YOU guys have at children's parties?

Shrinky -- are you sure? Because I always thought 100s and 1000s were JUST sugar, until I looked at the packet yesterday and saw the ingredients. And no, not chewy, just crunchy. The long thin ones (which are not 100s and 1000s) are just sugar, though.

StyleyGeek said...

Oh, and I used to be totally baffled by American children's books that said kids were having bowls of cheerios for breakfast. No wonder the USA has a problem with obesity :)

Lucy said...

butter in chocolate crackles? It's supposed to be copha (coconut shortening) - the unhealthiest form of fat possible (and therefore the most delicious)!

StyleyGeek said...

Yeah, but I don't think we ever had copha in NZ when I was growing up. We used to use butter. And for a brief period in the late 80s, this stuff called kremelta. I don't know if that even exists anymore, and I have no idea what it was made of. Maybe that was copha...

Oh, wait, look at this.

Lucy said...

maybe I'll try the butter version, since I can't get copha here, anyway

cowgirl bebop said...

Ohmigod, fairy bread! I'd totally forgotten about that one. This reminds me of An Angel At My Table and Janet Frame eating golden syrup on her bread as a child.

Also had forgotten about Kremelta & have to say I still remember the mouth feel of that stuff in chocolate crackles. I wish I hadn't followed the Wikipedia entry 'cos "hydrogenated coconut oil" sounds pretty nasty.