So the Rose Bowl didn't go quite the way we'd hoped. But we had a great day with friends and in the end that certainly matters more...right? We made a couple of appetizers - the ever popular kashk-e bademjan which I've blogged about before here and a vegan version here, as well as the rice paper veggie rolls I blogged about here. True to tradition, the kashk-e bademjan was decorated with onions, garlic and kashk to reflect the spirit of the day.
I also made my first attempt at a cookie bouquet. You've probably seen them before - giant cookies decorated for a particular event - birthday, get well, etc and arranged in a bouquet of sorts. I had some extra sugar cookie dough on hand and decided to use it up making these. It really wasn't that hard - I dug through my cookie cutters to find ones that would work (which reminded me once again of the ridiculous number of cookie cutters I own - where did they all come from?). I rolled the dough out and for each cookie I cut two of the same shape. I first put one down on parchment paper and then placed a wooden skewer on top - almost to the top edge of the cookie, and then placed another cookie on top and sort of pressed them together into the stick.
I ended up baking them longer and at a lower heat to get them cooked all the way through without getting too brown on the bottom.
For decorating I used a royal icing and then purchased a tube of fondant for writing. I had a new galvanized bucket that I weighted down with a large can of tomatoes and then put in two blocks of florist's foam. I tried to camouflage all of that with some tissue paper and then stuck in some silk roses for good measure. It didn't turn out to be a good luck charm but it was still a fun project.