So some people in Australia are outraged, OUTRAGED I tell you. First they came for our Golden Gaytimes and now it’s the Fairy Bread, a staple at kid birthday parties since the dawn of time.
Except it’s not really a controversy at all, it was done to razz up the homophobes and ultra-conservative twats here, who take personal affront when any of their ‘traditions’ are challenged. First tweeted from a spoof account by The Chaser, a satirical website akin to The Onion, it was quickly hijacked into the mainstream media as the latest cause de celebre against the scourge of liberalism.
Wait, does this mean that Australia is the island that that New York politician wanted to send all of the gay people to? “You can’t stay here in the United States because of our bigotry. You have to go to the land of Golden Gaytimes.” Wow, his plan was even worse than I originally thought.
I’m not hating, I just remember my bafflement when my Aussie friends were super excited about sharing fairly bread with me. They pumped it up for days leading up to the unveiling. At first I figured they were doing a “drop bears” thing that Australian people love to pull, but no it was 100% earnest.
I guess it’s like when depression era kids got to lick a piece of rock candy once a year or something.
Yeah, I lived and worked in the Netherlands for two years and had much delicious food there, but the lunchtime muisjes thing was just kinda wtf as far as I was concerned.
To be fair, the Dutch as a nation have a pretty philosophical attitude to the routineness of routine meals such as workday breakfast and lunch. As an American colleague of mine says, “To tell the difference between a Dutch breakfast and a Dutch lunch you have to look at your watch.”
Milk, buttermilk, cheese, bread, butter, maybe some sliced meats, whaddya mean “boring”, it’s good food. You want adventurous and exotic, have some muisjes.
I grew up assuming that the Chocolate Crackles recipe was a sales gimmick for Rice Bubbles (Rice Krispies). It was only here on the SDMB that I learned that CC were not universally known, and it was only after I looked on the web that I learned that the recipe came from the Copha marketing group.
However, I do remember Crisco, which is much the same thing, made from cotton seed oil instead of palm oil. It was used for home baking, back when home baking was still a thing. Copha (without the brand name) is used the same way (to make supermarket baked goods), and presumably could be used the same way at home.
On the other side of the world, Bimbo Bread is in the spotlight. Bimbos can be great bakers!
A young lady I know once told me that she had bought some of the Bimbo brand white bread and stuck it in a cabinet and forgot about it until months later when she needed to make lunches for her kids to take to school. The bread wasn’t green or hard or anything. It was just the same as the day she had bought it and the kids didn’t notice a difference. She thinks Bimbo bread is great!
This sentence, seeming to imply that we now all live in some kind of post-home-baking world where Crisco exists only in memory, weirded me out so much that I had to go confirm that Crisco is still being made commercially.
ISTM that in these pandemic times home baking is even more a thing than it used to be.