Crafting It,Daily Specials,Desserts

Love is a Lost Fish Biscuit Cookie

14 Feb , 2007  

A Valentine’s Day confession.

I admit it. I’m a Lost addict. I simply can’t get enough of this show and I’m not really sure why. All the exploding fiery plane bits were pretty exciting in the beginning and then I kept on watching…because who can deny the wonders of, oh well, being lost on a island in the middle of nowhere I guess. Ooh the mysteriousness of it all makes me tingly inside. This is love right?

Okay…honestly, this isn’t about me. It’s about FISH BISCUITS people!

Lost Fish Biscuit Cookies

Kate and Sawer in the CageBecause we all know that fish biscuits have the power of love hidden inside. Like a strangely morphed scene from Like Water For Chocolate, I’ve been imagining those secret Dharma cooks laboring away over a hot oven mixing batches of biscuit dough and being sure to cry a few tears into the bowl. What else in the world could inspire two incredibly dirty and hot kids to get nekkid in a cage on camera?

As a little token of my love on this V-day I’ve made a special batch of Lost Fish Biscuit cookies! And while the recipe I used might say “flavored with citrus zest” I promise you…every bite tastes like strawberries.
Sawyer Gets Himself a Fish Biscuit

I started plotting my cookie project many months ago, wondering what make for the best combination of recipe and coloring. Figuring out the correct size by comparing the layout of Sawyer’s mouth/hand/face biscuit munching action came in handy (thanks for actually taking a bite on camera dude).

Mixing up what I thought would be the first test batch of several it all turned out to perfectly. While it’s not hard to make your own cookie cutters (tutorial here), I decided to create a template on stock paper and cut them out by hand with a sharp knife. It didn’t take long considering they’re life size; each cookie is about eight inches in length, two inches wide, and almost a half inch thick. Since the cookies are so large you have to roll out the dough on your baking sheet or a silpat otherwise they’ll get distorted if you try to move them. One batch of dough will yield around five cookies and the lovely salmon color comes from one quarter bottle each of both red and yellow food coloring.

Making Fish Biscuit Cookies 1

I made two paper templates one of which I used to cut out the cookie shape, the other I folded in half and used as a guide for the lettering. While looking at the top half of the template (which is laid on top of the raw cut out cookie dough) I used a small butter knife to press the bottom half of each letter. Then removing the template I finished the top of each letter. It’s not perfect but it still looked close to the real deal. A purist with money might simply buy a cake letterpress set like this one, but you can also download my fish biscuit template and have a go at it the freestyle way.

Making Fsh Biscuit Cookies 2
Kat's Fish Biscuit Cookies

As a parting present here’s a little video recap of the moment Lost became a legend in my mind. Thanks for the fish biscuit dance Sawyer…and thanks Kate, for taking a bite of his already half eaten cookie.

For those Lost fanatics out there here’s a sound clip just begging to be turned into a ringtone.

-Kat

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Crafting It,Daily Specials,Gingerbread Bites,Holiday Favorites

Patterns for Gingerbread Houses & Beyond

6 Dec , 2006  

Gingerbread Patterns

photo by Look at My Photos

Here’s the great big Kung Foodie collection of gingerbread links!

I’ve spent a number of hours combing the web for the best house pattern links. This is an edited list of the ones I found to be the most unique and/or well documented. The King Arthur Flour website has probably the easiest and most detailed tutorial on building gingerbread houses. If you’re a beginner this is the best place to start.

Unusual Creations

Advanced Patterns

Traditional Plans

*recommended by Heidi at 101 Cookbooks

Gingerbread Books

Baking Tips

  • Place aluminum foil or parchment under dough before rolling and cutting pieces. You can then easily move the foil/parchment to a baking pan without having to touch the dough. Just start with a fresh piece of foil for each batch.
  • Roll your dough thin. Gingerbread will puff up a bit as a cooks. The thicker the pieces the harder it is to match edges, as well as keep your structure from falling apart due to weight.
  • If your edges have curled while cooking you can quickly use a pizza cutter to trim them.
  • Gingerbread fresh out of the oven is often still soft and can be molded into shape by placing on cans or other objects while cooling.

Frosting Tips

  • If you feel safe making a batch of caramelized sugar glacee this holds much better than royal icing as a base mortar (although I wouldn’t recommend this if you have kids helping as it gets very hot and can easily cause burns).
  • Make plenty of royal icing* ahead of time. There’s nothing worse than running out in the middle of mortaring a wall or frosting decorations.
  • Ziploc baggies are great to use if you run out of disposable pastry bags while piping frosting. The mini sizes work perfectly if you just need a small amount of colored icing.
  • Shuna at Eggbeater once showed me a great pastry bag trick during a cooking class she instructed. Just use a clothespin to pinch the cut end of the pastry bag shut if you need to stop in the middle of working. A small spring paperclip would also work (tho it’s not as cool).

* I prefer to use an eggless royal icing recipe which calls for meringue powder, which I get at my local baking supply shop. It’s possible that any store which carries Wilton products will have it as well.

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Daily Specials,Japanese A Go-go,Video Clips

Sushi Bar Stylie

18 Jun , 2006  

Enjoy Sushi

For those of you who love sushi but always worry about being caught in some tragic faux pas, Japan Culture Lab has come to the rescue. Proper manners while eating at a sushi-ya sushi bar is serious matter so you may want to take notes while viewing their free eight minute video tutorial.

When I was growing up mom never once taught us the correct etiquette for pouring beer so I found the ‘Samurai Way’ to be quite an eye opener.

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Daily Specials,Desserts,Japanese A Go-go

Wagashi Tsunami

23 May , 2006  

My recent obsession with the beauty of wagashi has led to finding a vast collection of delicious photos on Flickr. These artfully crafted sweets certainly deserve their own Kung Foodie gallery page. Titles provided by moi….your official Edible Arts Curator.

Hidden Passion by Princess
Wagashi Cherries

Modern Trio by Princess
Wagashi Trio

Essence of Spring by Princess
Wagashi Nature

Blushing Sorbet by Princess
Wagashi Peach

Flaming Pillow by Tokyo Ayano
Wagashi Gift
Slick Pink by Kemular
Pink Mochi

Space Odyssey from Sakamencho
Wagashi Space

For more mouth-watering imagery visit Alde’s Japanese Sweets, Emily’s wagashi making demo by Minamoto Kitchoan, or Katsuzin13′s gallery of wagashi.