It’s late November and you know what that means. Time for me to start over complicating any and all Christmas plans!
For years I have been making Gingerbread biscuits and houses and forests. It’s my own tradition that I have shared with my best friend, my sister and now my son. Last year I showed you guys my Gingerbread forest centerpiece and accompanying cookies that were equal parts pretty and delicious.
But talking to my sister, we’ve both been feeling that it’s a bit “been there, done that”.
Interestingly, we both had the same revelation while traveling separately through Europe. We went to Barcelona within a week of each other and while we were there we each realised that Gaudí had made some gigantic Gingerbread houses at Park Güell!
For those of you who don’t know him well, Antoni Gaudí was a Spanish architect from Catalonia. His works are in the style of Catalan Modernism but really, they’re one of a kind. You can spot a Gaudí a mile away. They’re insane! Gaudí transcends labels; his work is organic, anarchic, geometric and esoteric.
When in Barcelona it often feels like you’re there on a pilgrimage to see as much Gaudí as you can fit in. I made a huge trek up to Park Güell on a boiling hot day with my parents, husband and son. Walking through city block after city block makes happening upon the park even more magical. As I entered the park and looked up at the two buildings that make up the Porter’s Lodge or Casa del Guarda, it jumped out at me: they’re made of gingerbread, royal icing, lollies and meringues!! I could taste it.
Long story short: I mentioned it, my sister mentioned it, and we both felt it in our hearts as we stared up at the awe-inspiring works of art. So it just seems logical that we should make our lives ridiculously difficult by attempting to build an edible Gaudi building for Christmas!
This Christmas you can expect something huge out of Dreamland. Because we aren’t going to rest until we have mastered our most ambitious project yet! A Gaudí Gingerbread House!