Friday, May 23, 2008

Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer

If food is the sex of children's literature, then Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer: A Golden Treasury of Classic Treats is the equivalent of the Kama Sutra. My childhood favourite lands at the top of Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree were the ones that provided an unending supply of edible delights. Anything was possible. Even Connie's sardine-flavoured ice-cream.

This forthcoming book by Jane Brocket promises to bring us recipes to recreate our favourite treats from the pages of children's literature. The focus is on early twentieth century novels, so we'll be spared an ingredient's list for Bertie Bott's earwax flavoured jelly beans. However, on a disturbing tangent, prompted by the last sentence's assertion, I have just discovered that Jelly Belly has manufactured beans to correspond with the Bott's brand represented in the Harry Potter books. Would you prefer vomit or earthworm flavour?

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