***** Now edited to include recipe! I aim to please...****
Yeah, bet you didn't know about my Cantonese prowess. I had a room mate from Hong Kong pretty much all through senior school. I can also count, swear very fluently and enquire as to who has broken wind. One day these skills will prove useful.
The boys' school has been embracing Chinese New Year - Johnny's class made a dragon and have been parading about scaring away bad spirits. And as our contribution to the festivities, I made some fortune cookies.
It's quite tricky inventing suitable fortunes for 4 and 5 year olds. Apart from the obvious Happy Year of the Ox, we managed the educational Look out for the number 8, the socially aware A smile can make a new friend and the mystical Tuesday will be your lucky day.
Sadly, my favourite, Eat your vegetables! was vetoed by the fortune approval committee.
I offered to make hubby some for work as I thought they could use a bit of cheering up (there's yet another bout of re-structuring on the cards). And I kept thinking of some corkers Beware the letter P and the number 45, but for some reason, he declined.
I really should know by now, that a foodie post without a recipe is not really much good. So here it is - from The Australian Women's Weekly Biscuits, Brownies and Biscotti.
Coconut Fortune Cookies
2 egg whites
55g icing sugar
1 tsp coconut essence
30g butter (melted)
50g plain flour
20g dessicated coconut (toasted)
Write fortunes on slips of greaseproof paper. Preheat oven to 170 centigrade. Have 2 baking sheets to hand (I used my non stick liners which meant no greasing and flouring faff).
Beat egg whites till just foamy. Beat in sifted icing sugar, essence and butter. Stir in sifted flour and mix until smooth. Put a generous tsp of mixture on mat and spread out evenly to make a circle about 8cm wide. Sprinkle with a little coconut. I did 2 circles per baking tray. If you do more, you won't get them shaped before they cool.
Bake in the oven until lightly browned around the edges. Remove and quickly fold in half over a fortune. Bend over the rim of a glass to make the right fortune cookie shape. Once they have cooled for about 30 secs, they will set in position. Work fast!
Repeat until your mixture is used up. I managed about 30 from a batch of mixture.
A warning for those in the UK - coconut essence is very hard to find over here - mine came back from NY with me. But if you can't get hold of any, substitute vanilla or almond, depending on your preference. You can then leave out the dessicated coconut.