Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bear Without Pants

Bear in Freising, Germany with pants.

The small Polish town of Tuszyn has made international news by rejecting Winnie the Pooh as its park mascot.

The reason?

Pooh Bear doesn't wear pants. Worse, he may be a "hermaphrodite," by which the good people of Tuszyn seem to be referring to the pantless Bear's lack of, shall we say, bare necessities. One supposes they would prefer anatomically correct pantless Teddy Bears. Of course, Pooh's anatomy is, in fact, correct for a Teddy Bear. (I wonder what their position on Gummi Bears is?)

In any case, the lack of pants is a deal-breaker.

Oh bother.

The Bear has a new appreciation for his broad-minded readership. According to a recent scientific poll (and much to the Bear's delight) they properly relate to the author of this blog as a Bear, with or without pants.

Oddly, Poland ranks fourth in the Bear's audience. If people want Bear bad enough, they'll find a way to get it.

From the Winnie the Pooh Cookbook
Dutton Books, New York

1 1/2 sticks butter
6 tablespoons powdered sugar, plus more for rolling
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water
2 cups finely chopped pecans

Oven 300 degrees

Beat butter and powdered sugar together until fluffy. Eat. Get more and do the same for the recipe. Slowly add flour, salt. vanilla extract and water. Stir in pecans, cover and refrigerate for four hours. Make little finger sized logs out of the dough and cook in oven on cookie sheets for 30 to 40 minutes. Cookies should be pale in color. Let cool slightly. While cookies are still warm, roll in powdered sugar. Makes two dozen.

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