Nothing Day: The Big Lebowski Edible Art (Jan. 16)!
Updated: Jan 18, 2020
It is ironic to celebrate Nothing Day since it is an "un-event", but when I heard about it, it made me think of The Big Lebowski: “We are Nihilists. We believe in nah-zing (nothing).”
So I decided to make an edible art scene inspired by The Big Lebowski.
Chocolate bowling ball, marshmallow fondant bowling pins and marshmallow fondant severed digit on a foil bowling lane. :)
There were a couple of awesome desserts/art pieces that inspired me:
- This awesome cake from the Cake Don, which made me LOL! :)
- Melting Chocolate Bowling Ball dessert from the Food Network.
What is Nothing Day?
Started by newspaper columnist Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973, the unofficial holiday aims to provide people “with a day where they can just sit without celebrating, observing, or honoring anything."
The day is an "un-event", which means that it should not be seen as an event and that one should do nothing to promote it as such.
So instead of promoting the day, we will tell you more about nothing. Nothing is an indefinite pronoun that means no thing or not anything. It refers to a person or a thing of no importance, consequence, or interest
Plan: Make a chocolate bowling ball, marshmallow fondant bowling pins and marshmallow fondant severed digit.
Chocolate Bowling Ball - Attempt #1: ~2 1/2" diameter
What I used
- Dark Chocolate melting wafers
- 2 1/2" hemisphere silicone mold
- Ziploc bag
- Bamboo skewer
- Paper clip
Forming Holes in the Bowling Ball: mini-DIY
In the Food Network melting chocolate bowling ball video, they used metal pastry tips which they heated up with a blowtorch to cut the holes into the bowling ball. Since my bowling ball was smaller than theirs & I don't have pastry tips, I had to try something out. I decided to use plyers to bend a paperclip, so there would be a small loop that I could heat up using a gas burner (Do Not Try This at Home!) and then melt small holes into my smaller bowling ball.
Forming chocolate hemispheres
I used a similar technique as making the chocolate hat, except I used the "right side"/top side of the silicone mold to form the hemispheres, which is not what chocolatiers do. Haha. :) I melted the dark chocolate in a Ziploc bag on defrost at 30-second & 15-second intervals. Then, I snipped a corner of the bag and piped some chocolate into the molds. I used a bamboo skewer to even out the amount of chocolate in the mold. Then I put it in the fridge to set.
Interim Result: Success / Fail. :)
We are good at this. / We are good at this? My chocolate hemispheres mostly fell apart. They set up fine. When I was handling them, they cracked. However, my paperclip tool technique to melt the holes into the chocolate bowling ball seemed to work.
No biggie. I just melted the chocolate down again & tried it with my smaller hemisphere mold.
Do not try this at home! Making holes into the bowling ball
Chocolate Bowling Ball - Attempt #2: ~1" diameter
I melted the chocolate down and then did the same thing as I noted above, except in the smaller mold. I put them in the fridge to set.
When I took them out, instead of using the loop to make the hole in the bowling pins, I used the end of the paperclip since these bowling balls were smaller.
RESULT: Success. :)
We are good at this. Some of the chocolate kind of fell apart again, but I was able to make the holes and piece together a cute bowling ball.
I sculpted the bowling pins out of white marshmallow fondant and used red gel icing for the stripes. For more info on super easy 3-ingredient, 2-minute marshmallow fondant, see my post.
I sculpted this out of fondant. For the skin tone, I used pink (mostly) with a little yellow and brown and then of course, I used green for the nail polish.
I imprinted the the DIPs (distal interphalangeal joints) using the bamboo skewer.
Here it is all together on a foil bowling lane! :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!