Monday, July 13, 2015

Feeling British

I have a confession to make.

I want to be British......and French...maybe Scottish...basically I want to live in another country.

If we're being totally honest, it's mostly for the amazing food and history and architecture. But let's be real: it's that I want a pretty accent. I'm not ashamed.  I would love to regularly use words like lovely and whilst, call chips "crisps" and measure things in metric.  I want to have afternoon tea and live in a little cottage in the country.  Doesn't that sound wonderful??

Sadly, I will not be moving across the pond anytime soon, so in the meantime, I made these absolutely divine scones:

The recipe comes from one of my lovely Instagram friends, Jane, who is a fellow blogger/baker (and British!), and always shares delicious looking recipes.  This is what I love most about Instagram; the ability to meet and interact with people around the world.  I've found so many people that share similar interests and have become "insta" friends with them.

 You can follow Jane's Patisserie on Insta or on her blog, and while you're there, consider baking these scones!

I topped my scones with double Devon cream (or clotted cream),  which I found at World Market, and homemade strawberry jam.  I also made myself a cup of tea to feel properly British.

The bonus to baking delicious treats is that once the pretty photos are taken, you get to dig in and enjoy your creation!


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lowcountry Supper

Last night we invited over a couple of our friends for supper.  They have us over fairly regularly and always cook us DELICIOUS food + they drove us to the Braves game we went to last weekend, so I wanted to make something epic for our meal.

My choice?

I had my trusty Callie's Biscuits cookbook and several pounds of Gulf coast shrimp in the freezer, so the obvious selection was her Pimento Cheese Shrimp and Grits. I also made her black pepper biscuits, plus fried green tomatoes and a Berry Tart with Lemon Curd Mascarpone.

I'm kind of all about mascarpone cheese right now.  Have you tried it? It's legit.  It's kind of like cream cheese's more sophisticated cousin.

Anyway, back to dinner.  If you want this recipe, you'll have to buy the cookbook.  Trust me, it's worth it.  We've made several recipes from it, and have yet to be disappointed.  You can go to her site here and order the cookbook or her biscuits and other yummy offerings, or head on over to Amazon and grab one.  We initially heard about Callie's Biscuits at the Country Living Fair a few years ago, when she was there to demo biscuit making.  We had front row seats and Graham got called on stage to help her make biscuits!  On a trip to Charleston (where her biscuit shop is located), we got to see her biscuit making headquarters, and more recently, her new biscuit shop - Callie's Hot Little Biscuit.  If you are in Charleston, go forth and buy biscuits!

Last night I made her black pepper biscuits, which begins with her basic biscuit recipe and adds freshly ground pepper to the dough and on top.  I served these with fresh honey butter, which was a lovely contrast with the spicy pepper.

There was a minor hiccup with the grits, which I of course blew out of proportion and had a minor meltdown, but I pulled myself together and we enjoyed a fantastic dinner!

Since I was an art major in college, I enjoy all aspects of planning, cooking, and presenting a meal.  I see it as art, as a way to be creative and provide something beautiful.  For my table, I pulled together mismatched plates, some of it antique chipped ironstone, some new pieces.  I picked roses and lavender from my garden to decorate the table, using cream pitchers as vases.

Tart recipe from Foodie Crush

If you don't normally sit down at the table for dinner, I encourage you to do so this week.  Make a homemade meal (or semi-homemade, or even Taco Bell, no judgement here!), use real plates and utensils, and spend some time together. 

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