Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Fictional Food Adventure: Round Up and Celebration

Well, it is done! My funny Fictional Food adventure is finished. So, between August 2014 and August 2015, I have read these 23 books:

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis

Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery

Little Women by Louisa May Allcott

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Little House n the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Little House on the Prairie

What Katy Did by Susan M Coolidge

What Katy Did at School

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

Pollyanna by Eleanor H Porter

Heidi by Joanna Spyri

The Secret of Spiggy Holes by Enid Blyton

My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards

Mary Poppins by P.L.Travers

Mary Poppins Comes Back

Charlotte's Web by E.B White

Of all of these wonderful books, my favourite new discoveries are the stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Women,  Matilda, Danny Champion of the World, and Paddington Bear. 

My most cherished favourite old reads of the challenge are Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte's Web, Pollyanna, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Borrowers.

The things I have most enjoyed making and eating are Paddington's Marmalade Buns, Debby's Jumbles, Bad Harry's Birthday Trifle, Jeremy and Jemima's More-Jam-Than-Puff-Jam-Puffs, Mrs Beaver's Sticky Marmalade Roll, Mary Poppins' Jam Cakes and Pippi Longstocking's Large Cream Cake and Swedish Ginger Snaps.

If I had to pick just one triumph, I think the Sticky Marmalade Roll is the best baking discovery I've made, because Andy adored it, everyone else loved it and it was an easy, quick comforting pudding. Baking a winner like that was a joy. 

I want to say a huge thank you to Jane Brocket for writing your wonderful book, and to my dear Claire for knowing how much I'd love to receive it as a birthday present.

My Sweet Andy also deserves massive thanks for his patience when I have filled the kitchen with heat and mess, for when I've suddenly needed more flour or sugar, or forgot to buy a lemon, and for his enthusiasm and encouragement this year and always. 

Thank you also to my friends, family and colleagues who have helped me consume the results of the many recipes in this Fictional Food Adventure. 

Although I've now completed the challenge, there are a few books from my childhood that contain food that I always craved when reading them. I'm going to share a couple of these over the next little while, so keep a look out. And thank you for visiting!

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