Jelly: Without a doubt the most fun food around.
Think of jelly and you immediately think nostalgically of children’s parties, where the brightly-coloured wobbly stuff was moulded into the shape of teddy bears and served with ice cream, much to the delight of the excitable children who left most of it smeared over their clothes.
You might have deserted your love of jelly down memory lane,but SAM BOMPAS and HaARRY PARR didn’t. Abandoning their upcoming careers in politics and architecture, BOMPAS & PARR set off down the jelly-brick road and decided to reinvent the way the world saw the sticky substance.
Creating marvellous mini-structures of well-known buildings that most likely taste as amazing as they look, Bompas & Parr experiment with Victorian jelly-making techniques and combine them with cutting-edge culinary skills to produce jellies in a variety of weird and wonderful flavours, colours and shapes. Pushing their remarkable craft one step further, they even find ways to invent ‘flaming’ and ‘glow in the dark’ jelly - a far cry from the readymade strawberry jelly that my experiences are limited to.
In their book, which they kindly gave a copy of to our editor, ‘Jelly with Bompas & Parr’, Bompas & Parr tell us a brief overview of jelly’s extensive and illustrious history and how they set about redefining the standards of crafting jelly. The book also provides in-depth recipes for some of their favourite and best-known jellies, in a range of exciting and strange flavours with step-by-step guides on how to create your very own jelly masterpiece. With recipes ranging from simple fruit jellies, to alcoholic and ‘aphrodisiac’ jellies, this book provides a welcome look into the bizarre world of Bompas & Parr.
It looks like these two self-described ‘jellymongers’ really are shaping the future of the jelly industry, one wibbly, wobbly, delicious block at a time. We’d also like to thank Bompas & Parr on behalf of the Sketchbook team, for all their hard work.
Words: NAVNEET GILL
Photos: JELLY WITH BOMPAS & PARR