Thursday, January 1, 2009

#57 - Fortune for the New Year

We went out to eat at Pao Pao's Kitchen yesterday and the above fortune is the one that BT got. I hope this fortune comes true for everyone this year since it's such an inspired fortune. I wonder who has the job of writing these? I think it'd be fun. Pepe wants to write more detailed ones like, "watch out when you leave the restaurant" or "you will die at 3pm today".

Speaking for fortunes, about 4 years ago I was obsessed with making fortune cookies. I worked on a show and one of the contestants worked here. I couldn't afford buying them, so I tried making them. They turned out pretty good once I learned how to fold them. I highly recommend making these. Here's a recipe I found and have fun making fortunes.

Fortune Cookies


1 cup flour
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt
1/3 cup oil
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp. vanilla or 2 to 3 drops of almond extract
3 tbsp. water
butter for cookie sheet


Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. add liquid ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth.

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil; butter foil, or spray with non-stick vegetable coating. Drop level teaspoons ( no more) of batter onto the cooke sheet, no more than6 to a sheet. Spread evenly to 4-inch diameter.

Set cookie sheet in the oven; bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown lightly. Remove from the oven and immediately remove 1 cookie with a broad spatula. Place a fortune in the center, fold in half and press back against ledge of counter or muffin pan to form fortune cookie shape. Set cookies in muffin tin to keep their shape until cool.

Continue with the rest of the cookies without delay, as they harden fairly rapidly. If the cookies become too brittle to fold, return to oven for 2 or 3 minutes and try again. Repeat process with remaining batter.

Note: You can change the color of the cookies by adding a drop of food coloring with the liquid ingredients. also, it is easier to handle hot cookies if you wear white cotton gloves.

To make fortunes: Print or type fortunes on large sheet of paper, then cut them into 3/4 inch strips no more than 3 1/2 inches wide. Use ink that won't run if the paper gets a little oily.

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