A Fool for April Fool’s

by Laura on March 31, 2011

We’re kind of nutty for April Fool’s Day around here. We’re a silly family in the first place (see here). My Dear Husband is the truly funny one, but the rest of us take on April Fool’s with something of a mission, as our one day of the year to make him laugh. We start talks around January or February, planning in secret, because brainstorming and pulling off a really spectacular April Fool’s Day joke takes time. Here are some favorites from our Pranks and Monkeyshines archives.

In 1997, my agency in Tokyo left a message on our answering machine.  (I had been working doing things like Disney-style dancing in toilet bowl cleaner commercials and overly dramatic roles in cheesy medical dramas for Japanese television.) They wanted my Dear Husband’s measurements and to know whether or not he would consider being featured in an upcoming underwear spread.  Yes, underwear.  We went whole hog.  Circa 1999, our church music director left a message inquiring about him taking on the role of Shambleshanks the Railway Cat in the church production of Cats.  (No, they weren’t really doing any productions of anything.)  He hates musicals, and church + musical was too hard to resist.  In 2002, he was the Member of the Month at his gym, and, after telling his colleagues about it, he visited a puzzled staff member in the gift shop to claim his prizes, and an equally confused employee in the membership office to ask about having his picture taken for the lobby display.  I think the best part of that joke was returning to the office to tell everyone that, no, he was not the Member of the Month.  Around 2005, he received a letter, postmarked from the correct post office, from an acquaintance who waxed poetic about the mystical connection between them.  Weird can apparently be very, very funny, too.  And our best prank was in 2007, the year that I washed an entire set of white undershirts every week for three months, carefully pulling them from the rest of the laundry and hiding them.  They were one size smaller than my Dear Husband’s actual size, and, as predicted, on the morning that we made the swap, he emerged in one of the appropriately aged t-shirts to announce that he thought he was bulking up.  There was some mock flexing involved.  Oh, we howled that year.

We’re starting a new April Fool’s tradition now. Our April Fool’s tomfoolery hasn’t been quite the same without our Honey Girl here, now that she’s away at college. So we’re making a fool for April Fool’s, a creamy blend of whipped and sour creams, stewed berries, and crushed biscuits, for dessert.

I read some time ago, in an Irish cookbook I think, about the bilberry, or fraughan as it is called in Ireland. It’s a member of the same botanical family as the wild blueberry and the huckleberry. I haven’t gotten myself to Ireland yet, so I’ve never had a bilberry, but I thought stewing some wild blueberries and some blackberries might approximate the flavor. And I folded them into a bilberry fool. If getting up to April Fool’s high jinx isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps celebrate with this.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dee D. March 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Hahaha, those are some great pranks! I love april fools! Your billberry fool looks so delicious and colorful! Yum :)

2 Laura March 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm


3 Jen March 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm

This looks like it would be extremely fun to dive into. So gooey! It reminds me of something out of a Dr. Seuss book!

4 fooddreamer March 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm

You have an absolutely beautiful blog. First off, I’ve saved a number of your recipes on foodgawker and the like, but never actually clicked all the way through. The name of your blog has always made me smile. But the blog is so gorgeous, the recipes look great, and that picture of you (I am assuming that is you, the blond looking off to the right at the top) is breathtaking. So glad to have found it.

5 Kankana March 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm

dropped in your blog from Foodgawker. I love everything about your blog.. starting with the theme to your writing to your recipes and to your pics .. I am following you in twitter .. so glad to find you :)

6 Laura March 31, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Oh my goodness, fooddreamer and Kankana, that is so sweet of you. The girl in the rotator is actually a friend of my daughter’s; that’s her senior picture, which I took about 18 months ago.

7 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I’ve just discovered your incredible blog through a friend. Your photography is so beautiful. I saw that you are also contributing to Honest Cooking, congratulations. I’m a contributor too so I’ll be on the look out for you over there as well.

8 Laura April 1, 2011 at 6:39 am

Thank you so much! That means so much to me. I’ll look for your articles on HC.

9 krisannjacobson April 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

How fun! And the dessert looks luscious. xoxox

10 Deborah April 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

This looks beautiful and simply delicious. I think I’ll be making for my family today! I was directed to your site from Foodgawker, and I’ll be back. Thanks!

11 Laura April 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thank you, Kris. And yay, Deborah! I hope you like it. I didn’t toss on the cookies before I photographed this, but it’s kind of the best part.

12 Carolyn Jung April 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

That almost looks like a mad scientist experiment, what with the blue bubbly top overflowing all over the place. LOL But that’s one science experiment I’d be happy to eat, not just for the antioxidants, but the absolute decadence of it all. ;)

13 Laura April 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

Haha. Thanks.

14 corbie April 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

yumyumyum!! now THAT’s the type of April Fool’s i like :D

15 Val April 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Laura, I can’t believe I just found your blog, it’s so lovely. As an aspiring baker, my job at the bakery can start to get really stressful and monotonous. Sometimes I don’t really enjoy it at all. It’s blog like yours that keep me inspired and remind me to continue to push forward. Thank you so much!

16 Laura April 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Oh, thank you. That is so touching to me.

17 Rochelle April 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never made a fool but this is one I’d want to start with :) So easy to make I can’t believe I haven’t tried to do this myself yet !

18 Casey April 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Can you make this the day before and store it in the fridge overnight?

19 Laura April 22, 2011 at 9:20 am

Yes, I think it would be fine, though hold off on the crushed biscuits/cookies until you are serving it.

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