January 17, 2009
Let's Talk Caillou
There are so many things I could say about that whiny, disrespectful little guy but we'll skip that for now. We'll suffice it to say my kids aren't allowed to watch Caillou b/c I don't have the energy to put up with it then have discussions about all the things that were wrong w/Caillou's behavior that day.
But they are allowed to go to Caillou's site at PBSkids.com. They love the game where you sweep dirt off dinosaur bones, find the box that bone fits it then put all the pieces together to make a skeleton. BUT. There's a cooking section on the site where they are supposed to choose ingredients that go together. The boys love to put together weird ingredients and hear what Caillou says about it. And so there's also apparently a treasure trove of the worst cooking recipes the Caillou staff could put together. "Hmm. Let's make a collection of all the recipes kids can try with their parents, that won't ever actually work or taste good." The other day Gid printed off two recipes, a French toast recipe and a brownie recipe. I've been corrected. Gid says he printed off three: the French toast and two brownie recipes. Two of the same brownie recipes, mind you. And no, I don't feel nervous at all with my five year old sitting here reading over my shoulder. Ha. That made him laugh and fall off his seat. Anyway. The French toast recipe called specifically for white bread and powdered sugar to mix with the eggs. Then, instead of mixing the milk and eggs to dip the bread in it said to dip the bread in the milk first then in the eggs. Well as you can probably guess the toast was soggy and gross. I only did it with the first two pieces then mixed the milk w/the eggs. And I used whole wheat bread and omitted the powdered sugar. Fine.
Now for the brownies. The only ingredients were: one cup of butter, flour, chocolate and sugar. Mind you it said nothing about what kind of chocolate: baking, semi-sweet, bar, powder, whatever. Then in the directions it tells you to mix in the eggs that weren't a part of the ingredients. We just took the brownies out of the oven. Besides being dry and weirdly lumpy, they were foaming. Foaming.
Andy has a good theory. He thinks some web programmer from India just found some recipes and deleted some ingredients to avoid copyright infringement. Ha! That would make me feel much better than someone actually thinking they had some good recipes on their hands here.
We've told the boys they aren't allowed to print out Caillou recipes again.
Posted by lynnp at January 17, 2009 9:56 PM
hehe...I'd like to ban that show just for the jingle alone. I watched it with Cakers last week and had to say stuff like "THAT wasnt very nice to say". and just the way the kid says "mommy" drives me up the wall....ahh the travails of modern parenthood
I knew you'd be a fellow Caillou hater. I mean hate is a strong word (just in case Gid is reading). But thanks, for making me laugh out loud in complete agreement and your willingness to try those recipes! Foaming! You gotta be kidding me!
Thanks also for all your encouragement and prayer. They're being felt, that's for sure. I sure wish you were here in person for me to couch, sip wine, and change dipes with. Your visit to Chatt will be a great reason for rejoicing!
I could add a whole list of other PBS programs to avoid but for now, I'll just agree with you about Cailou. No, I can't do it! Dora the explorer! No way most of her stuff makes any logical sense! There, I've said it. There's more, much more! But what can we expect ~ it is PBS....our tax dollars at work ~ NOT!
When I was in labor with Eliot and sitting around my dining room with my midwife and her assistant we were talking about children's cartoons and the assistant said, "Oh, and then you have that bald kid who needs a spanking -- what's his name?" not that I advocate making fun of people's appearances, but why doesn't he have hair? I think my favorite thing about Calliou are the voice-overs explaining WHY Calliou is acting bratty, like it is OK because he has a reason. Arg.
Lynn, you totally cracked me up with your foaming brownies and Caillou smack talk! I miss ya so much
one more thing... I think you deserve some sort of medal for even attempting the french toast... much less the brownies! You rock, momma!!!
Caillou's voice is enough to make me want to lock him in a basement closet full of spiders and centipedes.
I've never even seen/ heard of Caillou. I'm starting to think this is a good thing- Seems like most of you would agree...
We had the same experience with these stupid brownies. Though yours actually look better. I put in 2 eggs (since it was pluralized) and didn't put any nuts in it, it was just grosser than gross. I felt so bad because my little guy had been begging me for weeks to make them. He looked at me and said. "mommy, these are icky. I don't want them anymore." Indeed.
I'm trying to peercft this recipe from scratch (I'm on my fifth revision). I'm finding you really need to compensate for the additional grease the bacon adds to the recipe by cutting your butter or oil by a third otherwise, they tend to be too greasy. I agree with the other posters about cutting up the bacon much better product in the end. I suggest mincing it and then cooking it until the pieces are barely crisp and then draining it, stirring it into the batter at the end. And definitely use the bacon grease instead of butter when flouring the baking pan to add more flavor. For some kick, I add a chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (a scant tablespoon worth for a standard 9 x 9 pan recipe) stirred in at the end as well.