Friday, February 4, 2011

cultural awareness and my need for more stuff!

everyone likes a party right?
yes, of course you all do! (Nobody likes a party-pooper...)
i have to say, i love to throw a good party, but I hate the anticipation of not knowing who is going to show up... (the down-side of the social life in college is the non-committal answers people give you when you invite them to something.)
"i'll check my schedule"
"i'll really try to make it!"
"i might have a date that night..."
basically... "i'll see if my cooler friends are doing anything fun, then i'll get back to you."
gee, that makes me feel awesome!

just kidding. :)
but i am a little nervous for our chinese new years party tonight.
yeah, i know that it was yesterday. but fridays are just made for parties!
we told everyone to bring something that reminds them of china.
since i am so cool, i decided to make these:

mine do not look this perfect.
but almost!
(i lost my camera somewhere... and whilst i am attempting to find it, you must be satisfied with the picture that came with the recipe.)

1 egg white
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a cookie sheet. Write fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Generously grease 2 cookie sheets.
Mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff. Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.
Place teaspoonfuls of the batter at least 4 inches apart on one of the prepared cookie sheets. Tilt the sheet to move the batter into round shapes about 3 inches in diameter. Be careful to make batter as round and even as possible. Do not make too many, because the cookie have to be
really hot to form them and once they cool it is too late. Start with 2 or 3 to a sheet and see how many you can do.
Bake for 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden color 1/2 inch wide around the outer edge of the circle. The center will remain pale. While one sheet is baking, prepare the other.
Remove from oven and quickly move cookie with a wide spatula and place upside down on a wooden board. Quickly place the fortune on the cookie, close to the middle and fold the cookie in half. Place the folded edge across the rim of a measuring cup and pull the pointed edges down, one on the inside of the cup and one on the outside. Place folded cookies into the cups of a muffin tin or egg carton to hold their shape until firm.

i want these!
oh my gosh i'm pretty sure that i could cry right now...
my spices live in spry containers right now.
a pitiful existence for the yummy little muses of the kitchen.
these little "l'epice jars" are from anthropologie. $4.00? no way!
really... i think i just shed a tear.

today, i am thankful for the stool in front of the heater.
for recipes that don't work out just the way we want them to
(note to self: never stick paper towels on rising bread...
even if the recipe tells you to!)
and for happy music.

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