I should also mention that I was up until the wee hours of the morning at a drag show around the corner, came home, passed out on the couch (I tend to snore/hog sheets/be an awful bedmate when I’m drunk) and immediately woke up to bang out this blog so bear with me. The one Chinese recipe I do know and love to make is for homemade fortune cookies. I first made these on sweet and sour pork night at the South Pole while I was playing lunch lady there; I had some extra time to kill as my deep fat fried pork bits simmered in their jelly so I typed up some creative little sayings (at least I thought they were creative, I don’t think most of the population appreciated my sense of humor) and folded up some crispy Chinese treats. I’ll give you a couple of examples of the fortunes I put in my cookies, but feel free write whatever you want, as long as you know your audience.
You will meet a tall dark stranger…
And then wake up in a bathtub full of ice.
Ignore what that last cookie said.
Whatever you do, don’t turn around.
That cookie was poisoned.
So they’re not fortunes so much as things I think would be hilarious to find in a fortune cookie, but oh well. It’d be fun to get some friends together and write up a bunch of your own and stuff them into some homemade fortune cookies. The recipe is pretty simple but might take a little bit of practice to make them perfect, whether its adjusting oven temperature, the consistency of the batter or your folding technique but after a batch or two I assure you you’ll be a master of a new craft. So enjoy the Chinese New Year and celebrate however you deem appropriate, I’m gonna go back to bed and sleep off this hangover before I have to wake up and get a few cooking lessons from Chef Ming himself. Till later, The Curious Cook
Homemade Fortune Cookies
Print out your own fortunes and put them inside these homemade cookies that taste just like your favorite greasy spoons'. Great to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
2 egg whites, room temperature
1 splash vanilla extract
1 pinch cream of tartar
3 tbs all purpose flour
1 tbs cornstarch
1 pinch salt
Preparation1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat.
2.In a medium bowl whisk together egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar until frothy.
3.Mix together remaining ingredients in a separate bowl until combine and whisk into wet ingredients until just mixed. It should be slightly thinner than pancake batter.
4.Drop 1/2 tablespoons of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet and use a small offset spatula or the back of a spoon to spread into an even 3" circle.
5.Bake for 8 minutes or until the outer 1/4 of the cookie is golden brown and the inside is just tan.
6.Working quickly, place your prepared fortunes in the center of the cookie and fold in half, bringing the points together in a horseshoe shape and set in a muffin tin or egg carton to set.