The other day Alexandra decided to make some custard. This seemed like an especially good idea since I was planning to make a blackberry crisp for dessert that night, and a dollop of custard on top would go nicely. Now it's time for a confession from our "make it from scratch" family. After discovering Bird's Custard Powder a few years ago when making Nanaimo Bars there has been no looking back. Our custard now comes from a tin. The only redeeming feature of this culinary lapse is that we rarely have custard.
A few minutes into the process she called out that she couldn't find the container. I reminded her the container looked a bit different than usual. This was because I had purchased my latest tin at the British shop in nearby Sorrento (that would be the one in BC, not Italy). For some reason the British container is shorter and plumper than the Canadian one. (Having just been in Britain a few months ago I can verify the same can not be said about the British people themselves). I went and found the custard container on the shelf and returned to work.
A few minutes later I was interrupted again. "Mom, I need help with the directions. They're in British."
I had no idea what that meant, so headed back into the kitchen. I looked at the back of the tin.
I laughed when I read the instructions. She had guessed that hob meant stove and basin meant bowl, but what was really throwing her was the term pint. It is still common to see recipe measurements calling for cups, teaspoons and tablespoons in Canada, in spite of the fact the metric system has been in place since the mid-seventies. However, the term pint seems to have gone out of vogue around the same time as disco. Which means Alexandra had no clue what it meant. And why would she go Google it when she had me to interrupt? As a side note I would like to point out that only three nations still rely strictly on the English System of measurement: the USA, Myanmar and Liberia. There are many things I could say about that, but I am choosing to show restraint.
On a totally unrelated note, here is my first finished knitted item of 2012. It is the famous Noro Striped Scarf. These are the knitted equivalent of snowflakes. There are currently 10,431 of these scarves posted on Ravelry and no two are the same. Noro, a Japanese yarn, is the cilantro of the knitting world. People either hate it or love it, and I definitely fall into the latter category. This is my third Noro scarf, and this time instead of using two different colours of Noro throughout, I alternated Noro Silk Garden with a skein of solid blue yarn. I'm pleased with the result.
One more thing. If you've never eaten a Nanaimo bar, I suggest you go right out and buy a tin of Bird's Custard Powder and make a batch today. You won't be sorry!