Friday, December 01, 2006

Gingerbread House


Gingerbread mix isn’t commonly sold in Humbug U.K., so I decided to do like my ancestors and make my own gingerbread house from scratch. Well, minus the cow and butter churning and stuff.

But...

Who knew that the English don’t use vegetable shortening?

That they aren’t fans of molasses?

THat white icing would be replaced with yellow-y vanilla?

And...
No candy canes! No gumdrops!

I think I'm going to end up building a Cadbury Flake log cabin instead...

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Moko said...

but do those machines have gingerbread? if not, you have no business being on my blog--be gone!

Anonymous said...

God, I'm thinking of starting some moko mirror blog where i am astounded by the bizarre way of cooking in America. I'd start by complaining about measuring everything in cups (although i actually agree with that idea) and then go on to complain about Pam and the American fetish for mixes. Jesus, make the cake or buy it. What is this middle ground?

Moko said...

Oh you totally should start an American badness blog! ...And I promise I will only leave mean comments when you start waxing poetic about Cadbury...

So you don't like mixes, eh? Don't you realize that they are specifically made just so that we can all eat the batter without having to waste all that time stirring? Stirring is hard work, I tell you. And I so do not like sitting around waiting for that butter to soften.

I think you need to take a step back and realize that mixes are just one more thing American capitalism brings to the world: sugary-sweet success with no hard work to get you there.

Marion said...

I agree with Anonymous number 2. Mixes shouldn't exist ! It's only made in order to give everybody the same average-taste cakes. What about wonderful successes and terrible botches ? These are part of cooking pleasure too. Think about it one minute : can you let anyone decide for you how much SUGAR you need in your cake ??!!!!

Moko said...

For a real cake, of course one must do it from scratch.

But for a house of gingerbread that's supposed to stand for three weeks and get stale, well, that's when mixes are very handy.