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August 16, 2009

The Fairy Food Post


NotableM, Joyce W. and Sean did a good job of trying to stave off the Fairy Food Post, but somebody, not mentioning any names, was still a teeny bit grumpy. Too bad for the rest of you, but you know who you have to blame.

Now to the fairy food. It's the stuff, as you may remember from childhood fairy tales, that tastes delicious but bad things happen when you eat it, or at best it's so insubstantial that it disappears at inappropriate moments.

What am I thinking about? ...

Nabisco Sugar Wafers.

Our vending machine at work sells a package of them that tempts me every time I walk by. I have no idea why. If I think about a Sugar Wafer while I'm eating it, I realize not only does it have no food value, but it really has no taste other than sweetness.

Not only that, when I finally did succumb (one time only when I had missed lunch), I was amazed to find the package contained 400 calories. I didn't think you could eat a whole box of Sugar Wafers and get 400 calories.

Fairy food No. 2: Cotton candy. I know it's just colored spun sugar and has even less taste and texture than Sugar Wafers, but it's still almost irresistible if it's being made fresh in one of those magical spinning machines at a circus or fair.

Fairy food No. 3: angel food cake. I've never really looked at the nutritional composition of angel food cake, but it's probably better than the first two simply because it contains egg whites.

But that's offset by the fact that you are essentially eating a sponge if you think about it. And you can keep eating and eating and suddenly the whole cake is gone, something like the Turkish delight in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This, of course, has never happened to me, but I can tell it could happen.

(Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 4:56 PM | | Comments (24)



Angel food cake is yummy. It's a "fun" food because you can get really creative adding other ingredients to it. It's considered to be a lower glycemic snack too...

At least there were comments this week for the COTW post.

I'm rather enjoying viewing snow from afar. Wish that was an all year thing!

Top Ten Foods to Avoid in Fairyland:

1. A bite out of the wrong side of an apple.
2. Candy attached to a solitary gingerbread house.
3. Rampion, if you are pregnant with a girl-child.
4. Honey, if you are a bear with a little brain who lives in a little house with a little door.
5. Grandmothers of girls who wear red hoods.
6. Porridge that is neither too hot nor too cold.
7. Six pomegranate seeds.
8. Party snax too close to midnight when your only running gear is a pair of glass slippers.
9. Any banquet which can be produced by rubbing a magic lamp.
10. Any fruit a serpent encourages you to eat.

I had to look up rampion, I'm embarassed to say. I thought I knew my Grimm pretty well, too.

The only appropriate musical to go with this post is "Into the Woods."

Laura Lee - how creative :)

Joyce - it it a pretty scene....

Excellent, Laura Lee!

Great job Laura Lee!

Laura Lee, isn't #1 "A bite out of the wrong side of the worm"? Just askin'. It's a great post, by the way.

Take a look, Laura Lee, I think you've got even the grumps smiling.

Major points to Laura Lee!

laura lee, you must be related to sara lee, you both make me smile!

Re: Nabisco

These are the best:

11. Food from a banquet table in front of a freakin monster:

How do we know that Laura Lee is qualified to give fairie advice? Does she have a license? Perchance she is a succubus in lamb's clothing.

"Stay away from the mushrooms"

"Stay away from the mushrooms" ALICE

Plus in honor of 40 years ago...

...When the men on the chess board
get up and tell you where to go
And you just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving slow
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know
When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "Off with her head!"
Remember what the dormouse said:
'Feed your head
Feed your head'

Gee, thanks everybody. I'm glad EL lets us have fun sometimes.

Sean, that link was too scary. Pan's Labyrinth, not the 'Nilla Wafers, I mean.

Dottie, I was thinking Snow White, what were you referring to, The Worm Ouroboros?

valerie valencia, no I do not have a fairy license.
My only qualification is that I live East of the Sun & West of the Moon.
Perhaps you know of some other tales of forbidden fruit?

Yeah, I thought about adding a warning...

Anyone for grilled dormouse on a stick?

It's good to see this information in your post, i was looking the same but there was not any proper resource, thanx now i have the link which i was looking for my research.

Hello all and sundry, I've been reading forums for a while and at long last wanted to declare hello (and have all notifications working :)

Hope that my english will work for you :*

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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