(Not really. But who doesn't love that skit?)
Anyways... this weekend I was invited to a little shindig. Here's the deal (broken down like those invitations you wish you got to the popular kids' parties in middle school).
What: Julie & Julia Dinner Party
When: Saturday, Feb. 6, 6pm until...
What to Bring: A Julia Chid dish and copies of the recipes to share.
Sounds simple enough, right?
And it was...
Until I woke up the morning of the party (alright, alright, it was 11am... which is still technically morning) and decided that - in addition to my Julia Child recipe that was mostly ready - I needed to bake and decorate Julia Child cookies.
Once I had a plan for the day that involved baking, decorating, and (most importantly) no paper grading, I jumped out of bed and into action.
I rolled out the leftover Brownie Roll-Out Dough that I had frozen the other day.
And I asked Twitter to spot the theme. For the record... no one even came close.
While the cookies cooled, I made the royal icing and got to the delicate, precise work of outlining the cookies. White first...
And here, dear readers, is the danger of using Ziploc bags instead of decorator icing bags. How-ev-er, this explosion can be easily avoided by putting less icing in the bag and double bagging those suckers. This one explosion was my only one all day.
But don't you worry... I made the absolute most of that one explosion by dropping the squooshed out royal icing in the eye of the stove. Brilliant, I know.
Back to the cookies... six hours after I sprang out of bed and into action... I had a collection of Julia Child themed cookies.
Hopefully, hoooopefully you can identify fish, onions, pots or cleavers (your choice), French flags, and wine glasses.
I for one was pretty pleased with the cookies. I know my royal icing skills aren't perfect, but I think they are serviceable and I'm having a lot of fun getting creative with the stuff. Next time I make and decorate cookies, I'm going to make one or two shapes and cut down on the ridiculous variance. I don't want to jump the shark.
Now, for those of you keeping track, I still haven't told you about my actual Julia Child recipe. That is a project for another day. Stay tuned!