All posts tagged: scones

Mini Party Scones

Do not trust these seemingly innocent baked goods. Mini items are deceptive. Because they’re so small, they hardly count as food. So you pop one of babies into your mouth each time you walk by and before you know it, you’ve eaten ten. True story. It happened to me and it may happen to you. Scones are not too different in composition from the American biscuit, though they’re usually eaten differently. Cheap and filling, they’re never far away from the menus of cafes and lunchrooms and often one of the first things a child will bake in school cooking class. Sometimes there are different ways to say a word: the posh way and the common way. I’ve always called a scone a “skon” which rhymes with con, swan and Tron, but the posh way to pronounce it would be to call it a “skone” rhymes with bone, phone and loan. I play pretend posh and I jokingly call it “skone” so often that it’s part of my vocabulary now. So call it “skon” or “skone”, …

How to have a posh high tea at home

This afternoon, I hosted my first ever high tea. I have never really been to a high tea and to me it’s a bit posh. I invited friends and family and arranged for everyone to bring something to eat and a teacup and saucer. I also picked up a few teacups and saucers from the local Sallies. Mt Eden Bakers Delight kindly contributed their brand new Apple Strudel scones and their popular Date Scones for us to sample. We tried  both varieties voted for our favourite with a show of hands. At first Apple Strudel won only by 1 vote but after a late vote, it won by 2 votes. Apple Strudel wins. I thought I would prefer the Apple Strudel, because I thought I didn’t like dates. Turns out I was wrong. I love dates! We had teapots of Earl Grey and also some other teas like Rose and French Vanilla. A big pot of french press coffee also went down a treat. Bakers Delight Apple Strudel scones. The crowd favourite. Bakers Delight Date …

An edible giveaway and a thing or two about high teas

High tea or dinner, was a heavier meal with eaten at the dinner table. It included meat or fish and vegetables and was a working class family meal. In New Zealand, casual as we are, abbreviated this high tea to tea. What we call high tea in NZ refers to a dainty, posh arrangement and is actually just afternoon tea. High tea or afternoon tea is the enjoying of tea served with tiny sandwiches and baked goods. To make matters more confusing, what I know as afternoon tea in isn’t a really a meal at all, but just a break from work. Although if you choose to eat scones and have tea during your break, that is ok too. More info on the history of afternoon and high tea can be found here. I’m planning a wee high tea at home this weekend. A little bit posh, but mostly just fun. Boys are welcome. I was deciding whether or not to invite boys but I’m glad I did because they were the first to RSVP. I suppose …

Red Pepper Soup

After I read Millie’s Red Bell Pepper Bisque recipe in her blog Millie Mirepoix this week, I went straight to the local Chinese market after work, bought 4 red peppers and whipped up something similar. I read overseas blogs, but reading NZ blogs is more relevant when we cook seasonally with seasonal produce. I also made some rosemary and celery scones. Served hot and buttered they filled us right up. I love that soup is so forgiving and experimentation usually leads to wonderful things. Millie Mirepoix’s Recipe is here: My changes were: 1 heaped teaspoon of green curry paste instead of cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon instead of chicken stock No crème fraîche 2 carrots instead of 1 2 celery stalks instead of 2 This soup is surprisingly filling and I only needed a cup worth and a scone the next day for lunch. Curses to the tupperware container that was not leak proof! Thank goodness I always plastic bag stuff before it goes into my handbag. Tofu the rabbit very much liked …