British Scones – Valentine’s Tea Snack

British Scones – Valentine’s Tea Snack

When we were young, growing up in India and reading all those British novels, Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie or Anne Mather, there was always mention of afternoon tea with scones, and I remember salivating with Fatty, Larry, Pips, Bets and Daisy of the Five Find-Outers when one of their mother’s whipped up scones and biscuits for tea. Always wondered about it – Then moving to the US, I encounter biscuits, a tradition of the South which I dislike I was hoping to like scones a  bit more. In 2005 we traveled to New Zealand and we had “scones” Found them too dense and super filling – like dense all purpose flour packed together with butter. One of the best vineyards they said, but still did not cut it for me. Until my friend decided to make these for tea on her birthday. They were full of layers, and truly delicious with the fresh cream and jam she served it with. They were still filling, but wonderfully so.  Which got me thinking…Hmm, I could try to make these. So I scoured the net for an “authentic” scone recipe and found the simplest one I could find and tried it the “propah” British way. This is a recipe I put together after reading through many and it allowed me the option of making them eggless. What with my heart shaped cookie cutter, it was so appreciated by my girls and family. What better treat for a great Valentine’s Tea? To make abut 10 Scones Ingredients 1 cup of self-rising flour +2 tbsp 1/4 cup of cold butter (pinched) 2 Tbsp of castor...
Marmalade with Tangerines – The best evah!

Marmalade with Tangerines – The best evah!

What does one do when you have a child in Orchestra in school. They sell stuff to sponsor trips and they make money of their parents primarily – This is how I got suckered into getting 2 BIG crates of oranges and tangerines all the way from Florida. They tasted like nectar, that’s for sure and truth to tell, it did not take much arm twisting for me to agree to buy grapefruits, navel oranges, tangerines and oh-so fresh strawberries. I made strawberry coulis, and jam and I ventured for the first time to make some marmalade. The oranges – I want to say about 12-14 yielded 3 16 ounce jars, two of which vanished before i could say Jack Robinson (an old expression of my dad – which I still use often if only to keep him in my thoughts on a daily basis. So easy to make and so delicious you’ve got to try this and feel the rush and the power of making your very own, homemade, marmalade – Ingredients 12-14 good sized tangerines, pitted (see how to below) 1 cup of White Sugar 1 cup of sugar in the raw 3/4 -1  cup of orange blossom honey A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 1tsp orange essence Method Wash tangerines thoroughly and dab dry with paper towel or kitchen towelSoak in the honey for about 30 minutesPeel them in such a way that you get some big pieces that can then later be cutCut the orange sideways to reveal the wheel. For pitting it, I took a blunt knife and simply ferreted out the seedsChop the...
Simple Shortbread Cookies

Simple Shortbread Cookies

Imagine these on your TG table Another of my Joy of Baking recipes. Let me tell you right off the bat, that there ain’t nothing simple about these babies. This whole procedure is a temperature thing and the dough has to be just so, sos to not crumble or stick – Very interesting experience – As Indians we so casually make chappatis, pooris and naans, and yet a cookie dough can lead you a dance! I followed every one of steps and advise Stephanie gives and she did say that the dough can crack – I saw hers did, but CERTAINLY not as much as mine did. But I am a quick learner and keep refrigerating the dough after each batch until they went in the oven. They turned out to be beauties, but surely they were a labor of love. While I am happy to say I made 4 dozens at least, I ate only 1 and send the rest to the school for the Election Day Bake Sale For the process explanation, click here and listen to Stepahnie;s reassuring voice… And enjoy my pictures Just for variety Pass on the...
Crumpet Delight

Crumpet Delight

This is a recipe from my daughter who pampered me after I returned, jet-lagging and out of it. She prepared this simple yet SO delicious breakfast for me. I am adding this to my own event of fast food not fat food                            Plain crumpet Ingredients2 Crumpets or if you cannot find them – Uthappamsmayonnaisespring onions (finely diced)mushrooms (fiely diced)marinara sauce (or make your own tomato based sauce)Any pickle/chutney that you may have (optional)cheeseHerb De ProvenceBasilChilli flakes PreparationFirst toast the crumpetsSpread the mayonnaise, sauce and some oinon thokku (in this case)Lightly sautee the veggies and sprinkle over itGrate some cheddar/mozzarella cheese and add on topAdd your herbsMicrowave for 30-40 seconds to melt the cheese Enjoy in less than 10 minutesThis was truly served to me with Love of the truest kind...