Fish biscuits to warm the snowy soul

At BlogHer ’07, I attended a fabulous dinner with a group of other food bloggers, some of whom attended the conference and some of whom live in the area. At the table that night, we got to talking about my particular obsession with Lost. I told my table neighbors about my friend Betsy, who lives just up the street from me and whose basement (aka Fish biscuitsThe Cave) sports a 9-foot projection TV system, and that she and her husband share my Lost obsession, so I planned to join them for as many minutes of Season 4 as I possibly could.

“I made the fish biscuits,” said Kat of KungFoodie, who was sitting to my right. “Well, they were sugar cookies, but I have the recipe on my blog. I even made a template.”

I don’t remember what I sputtered in response, but I’m sure it included the words “awesome,” “omigod,” and “that’s hi-LAR-ious.” If I’d had a laptop on me, I would have looked up the template right then and there.

It was all I could do to keep my secret for the next six months. I told Betsy back in August that I had a surprise awaiting the season premiere of Lost. And so, last Thursday night, I took my carefully made Fish Biscuits (which, I might report, are citrusy and delicious), and trudged through the snow up the street to Betsy’s for the first night back from a long, Lost-less era.

Genie eats a fish biscuitIt was just the ticket for a snowy night during a winter so bitter even everyone I know who is from Iowa has been marveling. We ate our fish biscuits and stared at the nine-foot projection of an island that, even with weird creatures and enemies all around and a serious lack of a good bar and a shower, looked a heck of a lot better than the world outside The Cave.

And I’m just going to go ahead and admit it. When I showed Betsy the fish biscuits? I literally jumped up and down like I was four years old or something. I adore surprising people, and I had kept this under wraps for so long, I am probably lucky I didn’t cause myself some sort of bodily harm in the process of hopping around the kitchen.

I missed tonight’s episode, because I was off to see B.B. King with The Mint Killer. In the snow. We got eleven inches yesterday, and just as I was getting ready to leave for the show, I looked outside to find snow falling again. The forecast for the next four days? Snow flurries, snow showers, occasional snow and snowy snow.

Luckily, I have just enough dough in the freezer to make another fish biscuit or two. Because with this much snow, there’s something to be said for pretending I’m eating one on an island somewhere.

Photo credit for photo of me: Royce Chestnut

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14 Responses to “Fish biscuits to warm the snowy soul”


  1. 1 lotusgirl February 7, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    heen, this is a fabulous read. i have to say i find it delightful mostly because i am featured in it several times. i have an ego to maintain. but if you must know the other reason it’s fabulous, fine, i’ll tell you. i detect optimisim in your biscuit, and i think it’s awesome that you shared some with us. i needed some, O.W.O.! thanks!

  2. 2 inadvertentgardener February 7, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Hey LG, they were definitely optimistic fish biscuits — no question about it. And I’m so glad you were around to share them with!

  3. 3 Curtis February 8, 2008 at 8:49 am

    They look great. One can dream, can’t they?

  4. 4 LindaK February 8, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Hmmmm…. Gotcha! Is that core? LOL

    I will say I am making them for my grandkids…

  5. 5 inadvertentgardener February 8, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Curtis, they’re really tasty — definitely worth it!

    LindaK, they’re not CORE, and I will admit I didn’t figure out the points, but for a snow-day treat, they’re pretty fun!

  6. 6 Nicole February 8, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I totally remember that dinner conversation and I also remember wondering what the hell you guys were talking about. Since I’ve never watched Lost, I still don’t understand what fish biscuits are. But that’s ok, I loved reading this just for the description of you jumping up and down like an excited four year old :-)

  7. 7 Heather February 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    OMG, I’m going to have to make those for my husband. Any chance that Sawyer will magically appear in my kitchen when I do? Last night’s episode left me with 8 million questions as usual.

  8. 8 inadvertentgardener February 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Nicole, yeah — I’m guessing Lost has not yet made it to Sicily, but I highly recommend binging on the DVDs from the previous seasons — it’s a really fun show!

    Heather, um, if Sawyer had magically appeared in my kitchen when I made these, I probably would not be, um, available to write blog entries. I would be busy. I still need to catch up on this week’s episode — haven’t streamed it yet, but I will. Speaking of Sawyer, have you checked out the Sawyer Nickname Generator yet? I have been dubbed “Chairman Mao” by the man himself.

  9. 9 Heather February 10, 2008 at 11:09 am

    My husband sent me the link to the Sawyer Nickname Generator. He was Einstein and I was Professor. I was hoping for something more like Freckles since just hearing him say it gives me a little shiver.

  10. 10 inadvertentgardener February 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Heather, I’m right there with you on the Freckles bit…

  11. 11 Jen-Ben February 11, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Dear Chairman Mao:

    OMG–I can’t believe you made these. I really want to tell Josh about this, but I think I may try to make them for an upcoming episode as a surprise. I’ve watched this past week’s show twice. I liked it much better after the second viewing. Sawyer in the kitchen…hmmm, I wonder what you could ask him to help you with?

    Best,
    Sand Dab (I have no clue what this means)

  12. 12 inadvertentgardener February 11, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Sand Dab, I have got to finish watching this past week’s episode! Got interrupted and haven’t gotten back to it. As for Sawyer in the kitchen, I’m going to keep those ideas to myself. Ahem. And yes — I say save these for a surprise — they are not really that complicated and they’re muy, muy impressive!

  13. 13 dreamshop February 11, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Awesome! That’s so cool….it was great to meet you and glad you finally made them! I can’t wait for the next episode I was on groaning after the last one because I didn’t want it to end. I do miss those days where everyone quietly lived on the beach drinking Dharma beer.

  14. 14 inadvertentgardener February 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Kat, it’s a terrific project — it was so much fun! I really had a hard time waiting — I wanted to tell Betsy about them so many times…but I held off, and the surprise was totally worth it!


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