Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh, Daisy...

My last post showcased a Daisy sour cream lid that revealed an ironic saying, given its context, that could have been mistaken for a not-a-fortune had it been printed on a small slip of paper and stuffed inside a fortune cookie. It seems the people at Daisy have a fondness for these cultural sayings. Colleen found this on the underside of her sour cream container last night:

"Jumping for joy is good exercise."

As she noted in her text to me, "On the other hand, if you don't eat this sour cream, you won't need the exercise so badly...also ironic."

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Irony In Action

I won't go into details but my dear friend Allison moved across the country a few months ago and, well, let's just say creating a new community has been difficult. She returned home from a failed meet up to find this under the lid of her Daisy sour cream container:
Similar to a not-a-fortune, no? Not to mention the definition of irony...

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Luckiest Cupcake In the World?!

Hello, dear readers. I come to you from an overcast Austin on this Friday evening. I've got lots of fortunes and not-a-fortunes to share, but I'm not feeling very bloggy today. Hopefully you'll forgive me and settle for this re-blog of THE LUCKIEST CUPCAKE IN THE WORLD:

From Bake It In a Cake, a fortune cookie is baked into each cupcake. Follow the link for the recipe.

Thanks to @sparklebliss for making me aware of this.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Green-Tea Fortune Cookies

In my last post I mentioned that I received an empty fortune cookie bag and I contemplated whether this meant I should make my own* fortune cookie (following the logic that an empty cookie is an opportunity to write your own fortune). Reading the November 2010 issue of Food & Wine I came across this recipe for Green-Tea Fortune Cookies. Serendipitous, no?

This recipe is from Joanne Chang, who told F&W she "likes having fun with the fortunes she puts inside these large cookies, like 'Give the chef a big kiss.'" I hate to be a buzzkill, Joanne, but that's a not-a-fortune.

*You may recall a fortune cookie-making extravaganza in honor of the Chinese New Year. That post can be found here, and offers step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) on how to fold fortune cookies.
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  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 3 large egg whites
  3. 4 ounces unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  4. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  5. 1 tablespoon matcha green-tea powder
  6. 18 small paper fortunes


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar with the egg whites, butter, flour and green-tea powder until smooth. Cover the batter and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325° and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat. Have a coffee mug and standard-size muffin tin handy. Spoon two 2-tablespoon-size mounds of batter onto the baking sheet, 6 inches apart. Using an offset spatula, spread the batter to make two 6-inch rounds.
  3. Bake in the center of the oven for 12 to 14 minutes, until the edges are browned and the centers are still light. Let cool for 10 seconds, then using a spatula, invert one tuile and place a paper fortune in the center. Fold the tuile in half and then bring the ends together, using the rim of the coffee mug to make the crease. Set the fortune cookie in a muffin cup to hold its shape. Repeat with the second tuile. If the tuile hardens, return it to the oven for a few seconds. Repeat with the remaining batter and fortunes. Let the cookies cool completely before serving.


The cookies can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Recrisp in the oven gently if necessary.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Emptiness & Opportunity

Last night my college roommate texted me to ask what it means when you receive a fortune cookie that has no fortune- an empty cookie. I told her about V's superstitions regarding this occurrence (found here) but then said I think it's an opportunity to write your own fortune.

But does that mean I'm supposed to make my own cookie since the last time I had Chinese food I got this:
This is an empty bag. No cookie. Obviously no cookie insert, fortune or not.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

As Seen in Lake Casa Blanca State Park

...but not by me, 'cause I love not camping.

"It's time to treat yourself to something special."

My friend Erin (formerly CAChick05, but we'll just dispense with the pseudonym since I'm directing you to her blog) of Pardon My Dust found this not-a-fortune on the ground at Lake Casa Blanca State Park in Laredo, Texas. She wants to know if found not-a-fortunes still apply to her. As this one suggests indulgence, I'm inclined to answer in the affirmative. Readers, your thoughts?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Dinner of Directions

...and I missed it. Bea Dazzler and UnScurvyGirl met for dinner at P.F. Chang's, my old haunt. I wasn't able to join them (sad!), but Bea sent their not-a-fortunes with the text, "We don't need to be told what to do at dinner, thankyouverymuch."

"Face any problem with dignity."
"Be both a speaker of words and a doer of deeds."

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween Fortune Cookies

Remember my October 1st post where I said that October is my birth month? It is. And we have a tradition in my family of not acknowledging Halloween until after my birthday, which is not until the 27th in case you were wondering. The lovely women over at kind over matter do not participate in this tradition (why would they?), and so yesterday they offered these printable Halloween fortune cookies:

If you would like to receive the template for these adorable holiday-which-I-don't-acknowledge-until-way-later-in-the-month-themed fortune cookies, simply follow this link for more information.

And remember, only 21 shopping days left!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Where Did September Go? Oh, well, it's still a Friday...

If October weren't my birth month I'd be more inclined to lament the loss of September, which blew right past me. I have no idea where it went. No. Freakin'. Clue. Here's a not-a-fortune I saw on kind over matter, one of the sites I follow. (If you follow this link, you can download a free October desktop wallpaper calendar with a lovely saying from kind over matter. The women who run that site really are the best.)
"Approach all areas of life with a bold enthusiasm."

I've received a few cookie inserts since my last round-up:

"You will enjoy good health and financial independence."  — All I can say to that is, "Ha!"

"Every person is the architect of his or her own fortune." — When I posted this not-a-fortune on Facebook (ooh, speaking of Facebook, how many of you are going to see the movie based on its founding?) one of my fb friends commented that she had received the very same not-a-fortune herself: "Scam!" In the same thread, my friend V commented that she received "Something wonderful is about to happy," which appeared on the blog a few weeks ago. I think this very unscientific sample proves these little inserts are not always original.

"A secret admirer will soon send you a sign of affection." — I will refrain from comment on this one, other than to say, "Creepy McCreeperson."

I also have two cookie inserts stashed away with the above three that I think belong to The Geologist. It only makes sense given the fact that we were together each time I had Chinese food. The first one reads, "A truly great person never puts away the simplicity of a child." I know The Geologist received this not-a-fortune, as I recall discussing it with him. The second reads, "Endurance and persistence will be rewarded," and it is taking every ounce of strength that I have not to add "in bed" at the end the way Single Blonde in the City would want me to.
My parents (everybody's favorite parents?) saved two cookie inserts for me, one fortune and one not. My mother brought them to me when she came to visit last weekend. She wasn't sure which was hers and which was my father's, but it doesn't matter to me because I think both inserts apply to each of them.

"If you can't excel with talent, triumph with effort."

"You will soon create a favorable impression on someone."
My friends have shared fantastic cookie inserts with me the past two weeks. All the way from CA, my niece Emily said this about her fortune cookie: "It tastes like cookie! It's good!" Her not-a-fortune, which was spot on:
"You have a fine capacity for the enjoyment of life."

Emily's mother's not-a-fortune was the same one I blogged about following SBITC's grandparents' memorial service:
"If you continually give, you will continually have."

Emily's father's cookie insert read,
"You should do well at making money and holding on to it,"
and those of you who are regular Not-a-Fortune readers may recognize a certain materiality to his cookie inserts, more of which can be found here.

One of Not-a-Fortune's favorite friends, Bea Dazzler, and her husband, Princess Quite-A-Lot, received these winners:
"While you're carrying a grudge, others are out dancing."
(To which Bea Dazzler said, "Um, what?")

Princess Quite-A-Lot wants to know "Who writes this crap?" and thinks he "win[s] on the lame scale":
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket."
(Insert pregnancy-themed joke about eggs and basket, as Bea Dazzler is currently carrying Princess Quite-A-Lot's baby.)

An ATX friend who has been dealing with a bit of an unsettled situation had a fortuitous lunch a few days ago when he broke open his fortune cookie to reveal an insert that read,
"You will soon emerge victorious in the maze you've been travelling in."

Some of my Twitter friends also received interesting cookie inserts since my last round-up:

Julie, aka @queenofpink, was told "A thrilling time is in store for you," to which she responded, "Thrill me, baby." Her daughter's fortune: "Your planning will bring rich rewards."

Finally, Lauren's not-a-fortune told her, "A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations."
And so, with that, I wish you a happy my birth month! Er, I mean, happy October!