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August 16th, 2009
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Max and Mum







Max at 7 weeks. I have been told that all babies look like Winston Churchill.

I went vege shopping (yes I got broccoli) with Charlotte and Max, and then had lunch with the two of them and Glyn. Lunch was mini quiche followed by custard squares, which were advertised as being the best* custard squares in Wellington. This lead to musings as to where the custard square originated.

A custard square is baked custard between two layers of pastry with coconut icing on the top. The idea of custard in pastry seems pretty common in French cooking, but the actual product - a wobbly yellow square lump on a plate - seems somehow (apologies to UK foodies, I'm sure it's not all like this) more quinessentially British. The possibility does exist that this is actually a purely New Zealand phenomenon, but I wouldn't put it past the Aussies to have nicked it and claimed it as their own at some stage.

So, here I am calling for Custard Square Sightings. Are they to be found, dear reader, in your neck of the woods?

*Our verdict was probably not. The custard itself was excellent, heavy and creamy, but the pastry resembled weetbix in texture, the icing was not coconut and there was an inexplicable fake cherry on the top. Actually, come to think of it, the cherry may be partially explained by it being a German bakery.

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From:pixie_nz
Date:August 16th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
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Awww what a cutie.

I hate custard squares. They look disgusting and taste even worse!
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From:micheinnz
Date:August 16th, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
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The Aussies have custard squares too, but call them "vanilla slice".
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From:dianavilliers
Date:August 16th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
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Which sounds distressingly like a washed-up rap artist.
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From:madshutterbug
Date:August 16th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
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Not content with the outcome of the entire debate about who originated Pav, the Aussies simply provided another name for a different dessert, which probably originated in another part of the world entirely.

And... oh, my, I enjoy that icon. *G*
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 16th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)

the origins of the humble custard square...

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custard_square

Who knew- it's an NZ twist on a French dessert.

Lovely pics of our wee Winston btw.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:August 17th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)

Re: the origins of the humble custard square...

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He is tooo cute. :D
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From:ayoub
Date:August 16th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :D
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From:keza_hon
Date:August 18th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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HUGGGS - very cute!!
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From:shoobear
Date:August 20th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
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Awwwww! Charlotte made a cute!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:August 20th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
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I do believe she had a little help ;)
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