Friday, March 23, 2012

FFwD - Cocoa Sables




"They won't understand that in Bradford."

This was the statement made to John Cleese by one of his producers regarding the humour on At Last The 1948 Show, an early comedy vehicle for Cleese and his contemporaries, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman.  Thank goodness that John and his colleagues bore this producer no heed, for without their unique comedy sensibilities, there would be no Monty Python, and no Goodies.  This little snippet was part of the narrative of John's life as revealed through An Evening With John Cleese, subtitled "The Alimony Tour", which I went to on Wednesday night.  Although The Age critic was quite lukewarm on the show, I enjoyed it immensely, and there were some pearler lines.  Some of my favourite anecdotes included John relating his father's view that the fact that the Germans bombed his sleepy home town of Weston-Super-Mare demonstrated that they had a sense of humour, and John stating that "everyone has their cross to bear" after showing us a photo of  his late mother, Muriel Cross.  The first half of the show was autobiographical, while the second half of the show was concerned with how John Cleese and his peers went about writing comedy.  It was all lots of fun, and it was great to see John Cleese in the flesh, so to speak.

Thankfully, it is Friday now, and it is time for another French Friday with Dorie recipe.  This week was baking (hooray!), and the recipe was cocoa sables.  These are buttery, sandy-textured chcocolate biscuits flavoured with cocoa and chocolate, and brushed on the sides with egg and rolled in sugar.

They were absolutely delicious - I ate 4, which is again is unheard of for me unless the biscuits are really good.  See what everyone else thought of the cocoa sables by visiting the LYL section of the FFwD website.

17 comments:

Cher Rockwell said...

Glad these were a hit for you!
I know my peeps ate more than one at a sitting...
Have a great weekend.

Jill said...

The cookies sound wonderful! How fun to see John Cleese in person.

Gloria said...

look really delicious dear!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I'd love to see that show-and eat these cookies too! :D

yummychunklet said...

I love Monty Python, so I bet that precursor was hilarious! Great looking sables!

Johanna GGG said...

ooh I could do with one of these tonight - sound yum

Did you see John Cleese doing the fish slapping on Adam Hills this week - was v amusing- I would have liked to have seen him live as this sounds like an interesting show

mireia badia said...

I want some!!! I really want some!!

Pacheco Patty said...

These cookies are so buttery, it's not difficult to eat more than one at a time!

Kathy said...

I could not just eat one of these! They were definitely a hit in our house! Pretty cookies!
I bet seeing John Cleese in person was a fun night! Have a great week-end!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Johanna, I missed him on Adam Hills - but they screened the fishslapping skit from Monty Python in the second half of the live show as the silliest skit he ever did.

Choc Chip Uru said...

Sables are nice but when some chocolate gets involved they go over the top - thanks :D
Yours look so rich!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
Latest: Colossal Caramel Peanut Monster Cookies

Lizzy said...

Oh, so glad you loved these! Have a nice weekend, my friend~

Elaine said...

These were hard to resist, weren't they? Yours look great. The show sounds like it was a lot of fun.

Daisy@Nevertoosweet said...

These must have been amazing for you to have 4 in a row :) Now that means I've gotta try and make these ASAP ~

Glad you enjoyed the show! sometime reviews aren't always accurate hehe

Wendy (pinkstripes) said...

YUM. Chocolate sables sound tasty! (I've only had non-chocoltate ones)

Rose said...

Somehow I missed you last post but I'm happy that I caught up with it this week. I adore John Cleese and that sounds like such an interesting night. He really is a unique talent.

Kayte said...

High praise indeed, I had better write a note in my book to try to whip these up for the guys who are big chocolate fans. They look cute, too.