Lucy Boston

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

fortune cookie

Today's smile thought.....

My son shared
that he had Chinese food the other day
and his fortune from the cookie was this:

"Ask your Mom"

Great fortune, don't ya' think?
He said he tacked it on his wall.
I didn't ask which wall...
nor did I ask what he used for a tack!!!
I don't think I want to know :)

That fortune made me think...
I do value other's opinions. 
I ask about color choices and block layouts in quilting.
I ask what sounds good for dinner tonight. 
I seek the thoughts of family and friends about all kinds of things.  

Maybe that should be an everyday fortune...

Then, not only ask, but listen.

Thanks, everyone, for letting me "ask".

***The Fortune Cookie thought
reminds me of the time I made
(or tried to make)
fortune cookies...
I think I have great hand/eye coordination and am a fast and dexterous worker & like small, detailed work, but these were laughable!!!  The really do "set" in 10 seconds, so you can only two per baking sheet... and then I still only got one folded most of the time!!!  It was a great laugh in the kitchen.  I like the taste and crunch, so just baked them and ate them without the folding and fortune!  (they could also be called "Frustration Cookies"!!!)
Here's the recipe if you want a great laugh/time in your kitchen!
A Fortune Cookie Recipe from Paule Deen
Nonstick spray
2 egg whites
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons water
Pinch salt
Fortunes written on strips of colored paper
Special equipment: silpat

Cook's Note: using a silpat makes it easier to remove the cookies from the sheet tray.
Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

On a half sheet tray, spray a silpat with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl whisk egg whites until foamy. Add the flour, sugar, almond extract, water, and salt to the egg whites and beat until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour or spoon 1 tablespoon of batter onto prepared silpat and spread with the back of a spoon into a very thin 4-inch circle. Repeat on the other half of the sheet, making only 2 cookies per sheet tray. Bake the cookies on middle rack of oven until golden brown around edges, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and working very quickly, with an offset spatula, remove cookie from baking sheet and place a fortune in the center of the round. Fold to create a half circle. Bend pointed edges of cookie toward each. This should be done quickly since the cookie will become hard and brittle within 10 seconds. Let cool.

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