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Family Day Scones

Foodie:  I wish we had scones.

Beast:  Why not make that dream a reality?

So I did.  Before I got the paper from the porch, and before the coffee was brewed, I managed to get a batch of scones in the oven on Family Day, 2010.

I used an old recipe I’ve had moderate success with in the past:  I say moderate because they always turn out a little flat. So this time around, I added an extra teaspoon of baking powder.  What could go wrong?

While the Family Day 2010 scones baked, I made coffee and prepared a selection of homemade jams to top our breakfast treats with.

Beast:  Where’s the coffee?

Foodie:  It’s just about ready.  I made scones!

Beast:  Do you want to see a movie today or stay on the couch in our pyjamas?

Foodie:  What movie did you have in mind?

Beast:  The White Ribbon.

Foodie: I don’t even know what that is.

Beast:  It’s a Michael Heneke film that won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Picture.

Foodie:  I’ll take the couch.

I brought out the coffee and scones while the Beast chose a movie to watch: first, Kenneth Branagh’s (the Beast is obsessed with him these days) adaptation of Henry V but the disc was too scratched to play. His next selection was even more boring: In Praise of Love by Jean-Luc Godard who I believe is a French director of some acclaim. Because nobody spoke English in this film, I could zone out and read the style sections of various newspapers without distraction.

Foodie:  These scones look weird.

Beast:  They look like giant cookies!

Foodie:  They look like hockey pucks–Olympian hockey pucks.

Beast:  They’re good though.

Foodie:  Thanks.  What do you want to do for dinner?

Beast:  Harvey’s.

Foodie:  We don’t have a car, and I don’t think that’s a very appropriate Family Day 2010 dinner.  I can make something.

Beast:  The Keg.

Foodie:  Maybe some ham and scalloped potatoes.

Beast:  I wish we had a car because then we could drive to that Italian place we always pass on the Queensway on the way to Harvey’s.  Mamma Martino’s is it? Big Pussy from the Sopranos ate there.

Foodie:  I just don’t know what to make.  Family Day 2010 is proving to be too much pressure.  I feel all over the place in my head.  Maybe I’ll make sausages and mashed potatoes.

Beast:  We just had that.

Foodie:  Eggplant Parmigiana.  Or we could go out for poutine at Poutini’s.

Beast:  Hot dogs.  Lincoln Logs!

Foodie:  What’s a Lincoln Log?

Beast:  Google it!

I did:  It’s a hot dog cut in half length-wise and stuffed between white bread spread with cream cheese.  I’m not making that.  I’m just going to have to play it by ear.

Happy Family Day 2010 everybody.  And if you have a good scone recipe please share it with me.

Foodie: *

Beast: **

Categories: At Home

6 replies »

  1. What a coincidence! Just the other day I pulled out this recipe that Brie’s brother raved about once on FB and that I’m dying to try, but I don’t know the word for buttermilk in Italian or if I can even buy that here. If you make ’em let me know how they turn out!

  2. Thanks for the recipe link Michelle–will try next time. Jaime Oliver also has one in his new book…Food Revolution or something like that.

    And sweet, sweet Erinn, I need to tell Maureen that her red current jam is my new favourite!! And my mom loves your mustard beans (I brought them home for Christmas dinner to go with a pork tortiere) xox

  3. My mum has the best no fail scone recipe- they are always light, flaky, and melt in your mouth delicious (I even make them with whole wheat flour and they still taste great). I will get back to you with the details.

  4. michelle, you won’t find buttermilk but you can make it by adding a few drops of acid (vinegar or lemon) to milk and letting it sit for 10 minutes

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