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!
Because 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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s so exciting to see the World Food Programme fundraiser has reached over $30,000!!! Who woulda thought that blogging could help change the world…awesome isn’t it?
There are still four days left to buy raffle tickets and tons of amazing Menu For Hope prizes available. To help out Iâ€™ve compiled a mega-list of all the prizes that can be shipped internationally. The items listed below are available worldwide.
Included are prizes from numerous countries including the US, France, Britain, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, and Canada, and more.
Please remember: Unless noted the donor will cover all shipping costs, but it is your responsibility to research and handle any import/duty restrictions and fees. This is particularly important for edible items.
There are some amazing prizes being offered from specialty themed food packages, autographed cookbooks, original artwork and photography…to handmade treats, blog redesign services, tech gadgets, camera gear, tshirts and more. Of course I have to give my own donation (a one of a kind signed Alice Waters ceramic platter) a quick shout-out…so be sure to check it out.
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Once again I’ve gotten myself involved in an amazing food focused fundraiser. This time around I’m excited to be a part of the food blogger’s Menu For Hope raffle supporting the United Nations World Food Programme. Last year Menu For Hope raised over $17,000 for UNICEF. Let’s make this year even bigger and better!
I URGE you to dig through the lists below and bid on items for yourself and loved ones. This unique collection runs from personal tours and delicious meals to cookbooks, edible treats, and unusual foodie gifts. There’s really no excuse not to buy at least one raffle ticket…cause I know your going to be drooling.
Each $10 donation is good for one raffle ticket for a single prize of your choice.Click here to see the full list of prizes.
My personal contribution to the raffle is a very special one-of-a-kind ceramic platter signed by Alice Waters. Yes, THE Alice Waters people!
This platter was donated by Waters as an auction item to Women of Taste, the food and wine fundraiser for Girls Inc. education programs. As the lucky recipient of the platter I felt that it would be awesome to see it continue to do good in the world. The platter is eleven inches in diameter with Alice’s signature in a raised orange gold glaze. It’s in pristine condition and would make an awesome holiday gift or collectible for any food lover. I can offer free delivery in Berkeley, or if you’d like to pay for shipping and insurance I will happily send it to you anywhere in the world!
To bid on this item please follow the instructions below and use code: UW19
1. Go to the donation page at http://www.firstgiving.com/menuforhopeIII
2. Make a donation, each $10 will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. Please specify which prize or prizes you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. Tell us how many tickets per prize along with the prize code.
*For example: a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for UW01, and 3 tickets for UW02.
3. If your company matches your charity donation, please remember to check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.
4. Please also check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we could contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.
5. Check back on Chez Pim on January 15 when we announce the result of the raffle.
4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.
5. Please allow us to see your email address so that we could contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.
Don’t take too long, bidding ends on December 22nd!