Uncle Dan, Grayson and Mark came over for tea and cheese scones. Wish Max and I could've seen them play on Friday night. Next time I'm booking them in for a gig in the lounge. Xylophone, pots and pans and ukelele. So So Modern unplugged.
3 C standard plain flour
6 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1¼ C grated cheese
2 tbsp chives
2 tbsp parsely
1 - 1½ C milk, approximately
extra milk for glazing
1. Preheat oven to 220 C. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Cut butter in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add cheese and herbs.
2. Add 1 cup milk and mix quickly with a knife to a soft dough, adding more milk if needed. Knead a few times.
3. Lightly dust an oven tray with flour. Press scone mix out on floured bench or tray, cut into 12 even-sized pieces. Place on oven tray, brush tops with milk and place in top half of oven to bake
4. Bake scones for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Once golden brown with crisp crusts, remove from the oven and allow to cool. Cooling on a rack will give you crisp crusts, while covering them with a clean tea towel will give a soft scone.
We have a home. It's been seven weeks of living in limbo. It's a huge relief to know we are going to stay put somewhere for a little while.
I know I haven't been posting often recently- life has been a mess and we've just got internet sorted. But also a small confession: I've become an Instagram addict. My user name is @alionessyou. I'll post some of those photos on here but at the moment I'm trying to keep the two worlds separate. Is that even possible?
Going through all my boxes stored at my mothers, it seems I have never thrown anything away. Six suitcases of photographs and negatives. I'm trying not to get too distracted but I got lost in this stack of old Polaroids for a good hour. Here's a couple of my faves.
The rains have begun. It's not cold really, just a bit grey and wet. So I thought I'd do some baking and try to combine the best of New Zealand and Holland in one cake. Here's my Feijoa and Speculaas Cake recipe.
125g soft butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup milk
1 and 1/4 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp speculaas (having tasted it I would probably double this)
Up to 2 cups of peeled & halved Feijoa (cut each one in half then scoop them out with a spoon).
Combine the first 5 ingredients, then sift in the flour, baking powder and speculaas. Mix until well combined. Pour into baking paper lined 25x25cm deep cake tin. Push feijoa halves (pointed side) down into the cake mix until the top is kind of level. Sprinkle with the brown sugar. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes (but check it earlier- because mine was a tad overdone).
Little Bernadette is so tiny. She makes Max feel like a monster. It's weird how you can't remember your baby being so little. Not that Max was ever quite as small as Bernie. Congratulations Rose and Rob on your gorgeous wee girl. She's perfect.