Friday, January 26, 2007

It's Australia Day!

Hi folks! Today is Australia Day for all my friends down under! In honor of Australia Day I bring to you two book recommendations and some pretty pics on how to make your own fairy bread!

First up, one of my favorite stories by the ever fabulous redhead Mem Fox:

Written by Mem Fox
Illustrated by Pamela Lofts
Published by Voyager Books

Not really a tribute to Australia but an honorable mention is Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!

Written by Judith Viorst
Illustrated by Ray Cruz
Published by Aladdin

For Fairy Bread you will need:

*soft white bread (though I prefer squaw bread)
*soft butter, margarine or clotted cream
*a bevy of sprinkles, jimmies and sugar
*large sized cookie cutters, about the size of a slice of bread
*a clean surface or splat mat

Maggie, the wee one who first introduced me to fairy bread likes to flatten her bread first by smashing it with her wee fists. So, after flattening you will want to butter your bread slice liberally. Give the kids plastic knives and they can do it all themselves! After buttering, have a go with all the sprinkles and such:

Cut out with yer cookie cutter...

fairy bread: cutting

...and, enjoy!

fairy bread: yummy

Happy Australia Day everyone!


  1. Thanks Jek! Nice of you to think of us down here :)
    We had a roast lamb dinner and Drumstick icecreams in honour of Aussie day. I was too lazy to go down the shop and buy lamingtons.

  2. happy day to you! i was introduced to fairy bread by a six year old about 10 years ago...i just remember her licking her hands and having pink sugar all over herself...;) yer dinner sunds delicious and ice cream is always a good thing!

  3. you are sooo cute!!!!
    Thanks for thinking of us Aussies.
    Mem Fox is just brilliant

  4. Have you ever made cinnamon toast? There's an art to it, really, from sprinkling the sugar carefully and evenly from edge to edge, to watching carefully until the sugar just melts and barely begins to bubble, then QUICK, pull it our from the broiler and let the sugar cool and harden to a crunch. Anyway...

    I bet this would be lovely toasted!

    : )