I MET ROOPA ON THE MOST GRUELING DAY OF MY LIFE. I’m being dramatic, of course, but what began as a ploy to “get my blog out there” by participating in The Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment had me fleeing in the opposite direction of amateur cooking competitions for the rest of my days.

Roopa and I got lucky when the contestant assigned to the table between us never showed up. Opportunists that we are, we quickly took over the vacant spot with our trays. More room, after all, for Roopa’s Thai chili-lime chocolate ice cream with hand-rolled cocoa ginger Thai basil cone operation! For three hours that day, Jason dutifully replenished plates with Nanaimo bars while I explained to event attendees the chocolate creations I’d made. (More on my Canadian chocolate bars in my Chocolate Breakdown post.) Beside us, Roopa and her husband Matt doled out ice cream cone after handmade ice cream cone to the ravenous masses. I never stood a chance against the baker behind Raspberry Eggplant blog and neither did anyone else, really. To state the obvious, Roopa won the chocolate contest that day.

Afterward, I kept in touch with Roopa and, in April, I even got to try her signature buttercream cupcakes in flavors like pistachio rose and blackberry hazelnut. With all the shared food between us, it was just a matter of time before we made a snack video together. Still, I worried we’d never agree on a recipe which would represent Roopa’s intricate flavor preferences while staying true to the stupidly simple spirit of my snack videos.

Thankfully, Earl grey tea shortbread cookies turned out to be the key to Stupidly Simple Snacks with one of the most detail-oriented chefs I’ve met. For those without stand mixers, Roopa says a hand mixer will do the trick. Don’t have Earl grey tea bags? Make lemon shortbread using lemon zest instead. Even cook-off queens with an arsenal of complex recipes have shortcuts up their sleeve. amy • november 27, 2010



1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 Earl grey tea bags
zest of 1 lemon if making lemon shortbread cookies

MUSIC Darwin Deez Constellation / Facebook / Myspace / Twitter

November 27, 2010. Brooklyn, Stupidly Simple Snacks, videos, YouTube.

One Comment

  1. Ben Kessler replied:

    MmMm! I love earl grey (I’m drinking a cup of Mighty Leaf right now) and I’m so totally going to make these.

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