Warning: This post on Deconstructed Milk and Cookies…is not what you expect. Ok, here we goooo!
One of my fondest moments as a child was waking up to the smell of fresh baked cookies.
I’m lying. As the child of Chinese parents…the only cookies I had were Almond Cookies (I bet you were thinking Fortune Cookies). Unlike most of you, I never had the milk and cookies experience. My childhood was a lot more, for lack of a better word, stereotypical.
I lived a very culturally conflicted childhood. In my middle school days; I’d wake up, brush my teeth and put on one of the many “Asian” t-shirts that I received as a hand-me-down. That would be cool but my hand-me-downs came from my aunt (who, obviously, is a woman).
Let me paint you a picture:
A 240lb, 4ft, Chinese boy dressed in a vibrant pink Hello Kitty shirt, black short shorts and a pair of bedazzled baby blue sandals. Yeah, I was picked on as a child. Looking at me, you would think that my parents wanted a daughter. I wish I was lying but unfortunately…this is all too real.
On the weekends, instead of cookies, my brother and I would awake to the sound of the family rice cooker bubbling away and the subtle aroma the rice left in the air. Instead of cookie crumbs left by our childish indiscretions, a trail of rice grains would lead you from the kitchen to our living room. There you would find two rather plump Chinese boys marathoning through Saturday morning cartoons with a bowl of rice that was topped off with chicken nuggets, Spam, stir fry, tater tots or just about anything that was “Buy One Get One” at the markets. I consider this to be my equivalent to the “milk and cookies” experience. Like I said, I lived a very culturally confused childhood.
So what does all this have to do with milk and cookies? From my understanding, milk and cookies were a constant for those growing up around me. I was raised “differently” so I saw things in a different light. My reality is the balance between two distinct cultures. Like this dessert, which takes the chocolate chip cookie and presents it in the same manner (crunchy and soft, warm and cold, sweet and bitter).
This Deconstructed Milk and Cookies dessert is made up of:
- A Chocolate Chip Cookie (Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside).
- Cookie Dough Ice cream.
- Dark Chocolate Ganache.
- Topped with cookie crumbs and more chocolate chips.
This is less of a recipe and more of an idea. I didn’t write this post to blow you away with this dessert but to share how my life influences the food I make. My recipes are not authentic/traditional because I wasn’t raised in that manner. Just know, if I post it then it is something worth trying.
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