Abundance Of Cuteness

The Snack That Smiles Back is not limited to day-glo orange Goldfish crackers. Not only did I bake snack that smiles back at me this week, my snack tastes even more addictive than those little cheesy fishies.

Savoury Toasted Seaweed Sesame Sablés have an awfully posh root. The recipe originally came from David Lebovitz who passed it on to Dorie Greenspan, both famed cookbook authors based in Paris. In the headnotes, there were mentions of seaweed sea salt, cocktail nibbles, bottles of red wine, and possibly dinner party at Paris apartments. So very very grown up. All of which somehow totally went over my head and I locked my attention on seaweed. That’s nori to me. Nori is Japanese. Japan makes me think of all things cute. Ooo, I recently received the cutest nori puncher. Let’s make smiley face seaweed cookies!

The rest, as they say, is history.

David’s Seaweed Sablés


Although my cookies look like they ought to please the kindergarten set, I have my doubts. They are tender and buttery like good shortbread. The addition of crumbled toasted nori and sesame seeds gives them an unmistakably savoury taste. But it is that little bit of toasted sesame oil that pushes the taste squarely in the Japanese fusion category. I can eat them by the handfuls in front of my favourite TV show.

David’s Seaweed Sablés

The cute smiley faces were not hard to achieve as long as you have the right tool. A nori puncher works just like a paper hole puncher. I simply positioned the puncher on my work surface, inserted a sheet of nori, and pressed. I then gently lifted the puncher away from the work surface and pressed a sliced round of cookie dough on top of the cut nori. The dough easily picked up the nori and I baked them with the smiley facing up. Easier than pie.

David’s Seaweed Sablés

I ran with the Japanese theme and served my Toasted Seaweed Sesame Sablés in a bamboo cage for onigiri (rice balls). Before plastic became such a prominent part of our lives, containers for lunch on-the-go were a whole lot more creative. Onigiri is triangular rice balls much like the sandwich equivalent in Japan. This highly specific container ensures nothing gets squished. I can’t help but smile at the ingenuity.

I didn’t have a chance to thank every one for your warm encouragements and virtual hugs. Please know that your words mean a lot to me and I am picking myself up as best as I can. Things may not be okay right now but I know with time, they will be.

Read more on other blogger’s take on this week’s French Fridays With Dorie.


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