Back then I had no idea that it was adapted from a book. I wish I had, because I'm betting I would have loved it at that age. I recently bought the book, but haven't carved out any time to read it yet. From what I've heard, the movie covers less than the first half, so I can't wait to see what Bastian's many more adventures were!
If you're not familiar with The NeverEnding Story, it's the tale of 12-year old Bastian who not only lost his mother recently, but is also being bullied at school. One day as he's running from a group of bullies, he ducks into a bookstore. The owner lends him a book that he then takes up to the school's attic (!?) to read. He begins reading about a world (Fantasia) that is being consumed by a plague called The Nothing.
In the end, when Fantasia is almost lost and Atreyu believes that he has failed, the Empress tells him that he actually succeeded, because he brought a child with him through his journeys. This child (Bastian) just needs to give her a new name. Bastian realizes that she is talking about him and yells out (quite imcomprehensibly, I might add) her new name* and is literally pulled all the way into the story.
There's so much more to it, but I'm going to assume that you've already seen it...or will immediately when you're done reading this, because it's a cult classic...so I'll leave it at that. The recipe that I made to go along with The NeverEnding Story was inspired by one of my favorite fantasty creatures from the movie, the Rock Biter.
Little did I realize when I was a child, but the Rock Biter is a member of a cannibalist race called rock chewers. Not only do they live on a diet of rocks and stones, they also use stone to make everything they need.
This seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to try making a recipe that I've been meaning to make for my husband for at least 5 years (this is normal in my house). You can find these Mexican pan dulces called Piedras (in English, "stones") on the shelves of any Mexican panaderia.
Fortunately for us non-rock biters, they're named for their appearance, not their texture. The base for the recipe is actually bread crumbs, made from other types of day-old pan dulce, which lend the piedras their unique texture and flavor. You can find them plain or topped in sugar or chocolate.
Thanks so much to Mely from Mexico in My Kitchen for sharing her recipe with me so many years ago, I'm sorry it took me so long to try it. I've adapted just slightly, and I think they're almost an exact match to the ones I buy in our local panaderia!
*The name Bastian yelled out was "Moon Child". I never understood him as a kid and didn't find out what he actually said until a year or two ago.
The NeverEnding Story Podcast at Fiction Kitchen
AURYN Pretzels at Fiction Kitchen
Neverending Story Artax Mud Pie at Kitchen Overlord
Neverending Story Baklava Books at Kitchen Overlord
Sunflower Seed Cakes at Fiction Kitchen
To see which 80's flick Kimberly chose, head on over and check out her post today!