Keeping it simple, sounds easy enough right? In theory anything is possible. Anything. Even that.
Some days I wish for an uncomplicated life. It would be nice, however I should expect that I would succumb to boredom and meet my demise. Not the way I plan to go out- stale and uneventful. That would not fit the character of who I am.
Not to sound morbid or anything, as the focus of this writing is not on death, but on life. A recent new year and the optimism of what lies ahead is prevalent. I am sure that the ups will be higher than the downs and the waves of events become calming, it won’t be not so choppy as of late.
The holiday season is done and the passiveness of the first months of the year are off to a start. Seeking out the simple comforts of home, friends and family while patiently waiting for the warmer weather is a must for survival out here on the prairies.
Reflection on the basic fortunes of life are what can get one through a seemingly difficult time. I find myself in recovery again this January. A steam burn to the hand during boxing day will have me on the mend for a while I don’t recommend using those mini silicon mitts for pulling out a large roaster from the oven (even in a pinch). Things could be worse though and 2 years ago it really was. The recovery will be shorter this go round so I am taking it in stride.
Last years family visit to the hospital was hard as it wasn’t a personal injury and seeing your child get injured is a far more difficult pain to deal with. Yes. We are officially that family. 3 trips to the hospital over the last 3 holiday seasons. These things come in 3’s right? So we are good. Not sure how my Hubby managed to remain unscathed. Maybe it is his mild manner? Nah, couldn’t be.
Despite the family holiday event drama, things were good. We all survived and it really wasn’t the worst thing that could happen so it is easy to take comfort in that. The good with the bad always comes and somehow in the end we all make it through.
I am looking forward to the stretch of peace while sitting back and enjoying a nice coffee in the morning and the quiet of the house before everyone wakes. Those moments do happen and when they do they are wonderful. Time to gather thoughts, daydream and maybe, just maybe sneak in a little treat.
I personally love contrasting flavours that work great on their own, but even better together. A little bit of savoury and sweet with each bite make it a little bit different everytime. I haven’t made scones for ages it seems and what a perfect compliment to that serenity coffee I was talking about earlier.
The rosemary is a little heavier on that flavour but when paired up with the sweetness of the fig and I could not be happier. The figs are soft and it’s like little jam bits are baked right inside. When you take in the aroma of the rosemary it is calmed by the smooth fig bits. These scones can be eaten on the go or in a hurry before everyone rises and shines.
Hoping you can find your calming moments before the next big thing in life so you are prepared to ride out the storm.
ROSEMARY FIG SCONES
The best of both worlds - sweet & savoury scones
- 2 cups flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 6 Tbsp butter, cold
- 3/4 cup dried figs, chopped
- 2 Tbsp rosemary, chopped
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2 Tbsp honey
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare 2 baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Using a pastry cutter add in chunks of the butter and cut until mixture forms course like crumbs.
- Mix in the dried figs and rosemary.
- Make a well in the middle and add in the sour cream and whole milk.Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
- Divide the dough in half an place on each baking sheet. Press down and form each into a circular shape that is about 1 1/4 inches high. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool slightly and drizzle the honey on the top of each.
- Cut into 6 wedges each and serve.