R S T L N E
Do those letters mean anything to you?
My favorite game show is Wheel of Fortune (those are the free letters filled in for the final puzzle). Sitting at home, I’m pretty good at it too. When I was younger, my Hawaii Grandpa insist I’d “seen this episode on the mainland already” when I was visiting Hawaii and would solve the puzzles before him.
Two years ago, the Wheel Mobile was here in Oregon, and I went to audition. On my birthday. Now there may be some skill involved, but the majority of what gets you on the show is personality. I kept this in mind as I filled out my information card at the audition, and under “interests” I wrote “going to bullfights on acid“. I thought this was clever, and was even more excited when I realized the Wheel Mobile version of “Pat” is a movie quote machine!
So, aside from personality, luck is the other main component of the audition process. You show up, stand in a line that snakes around and around rows and rows, for an hour or more. When it is time for your group to enter the auditorium, you are seated in the audience looking at a stage with a wheel, a letter board, a Pat and a Vanna! Luck is what gets you onstage, because every person in your group is added to a big spinning drum to be picked. Total random lottery. Six people get onstage at one time, and they play a mini game of Wheel. So fun to watch!
Unfortunately I wasn’t even picked to get onstage to play.
Some of you know it’s my birthday later this month. Once again, the Wheel Mobile will be here in Oregon! I am going to audition again, hoping to get picked to be onstage!
Our birthday traditions include a small cake at midnight, small gifts throughout the month, going to dinner at the family’s favorite Mexican restaurant and now – Wheel of Fortune auditions! Hopefully this year the luck will be with me.
Since I’ve already enjoyed plenty of cupcakes, the birthday dessert I’m making this year? My raw apple cobbler – this works at midnight or any time of day. I usually use dates in the filling – I used figs this time and the flavors are great! The buttery cashews with the sweet figs are a perfect pairing with the tart apple and caramel flavors.
raw apple cobbler
2 apples, sliced horizontally and cored
1/2 cup raw cashews
4-5 dried figs, pitted
4-5 dried dates, pitted
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Pulse cashews, figs, dates and maple syrup in food processor until a sticky crumble mixture forms. Stack apple with figgy cashew mixture between each slice, drizzle with caramel sauce.
2 tablespoons lucuma powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon organic apple sauce
Stir until lucuma dissolves. Drizzle over apple cobbler.
What is your favorite game show? Would you ever want to be a contestant?