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Monday, 10 September 2012

Mostly firsts

first day at school obligatory photos! They had fun posing as you can see. J has settled in immediately which is just brilliant.
first time I have grown borlotti beans and corn, for that cowboy classic, corn and beans! Picked this weekend, a glorious end of summer one. We went to Oxfest with Claire and her super girls and Nicki and her family. We had scones jam and fun in the sun. On Sunday a great BBQ with Vicky on the Heath and her brood and Nige, Gemma and Miss CutiePie Ruby.

By popular demand here is the scone recipe, courtesy of Nigella's Domestic Goddess (Lily's scones).

rub 50g of butter and 25g Trex into 300g plain sieved flour. I never sieve but it does make a difference so do here. Add 4 1/2 tsp cream of tartar, 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt. Handle as little as possible but make sure fat is fully rubbed in and then add 300ml milk. Blend quickly and lightly with your hands and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll or pat into shape about 1" thick and cut out scones with cutter. I got 16 medium ones from this, though nigella gets 12 so she must use a bigger cutter. Right onto a lightly floured tray,push them next to each other so touching and give light egg wash to the tops. Bake in a hot oven (gas 7 or 210 deg c) for ten mins til the tops are brown. Leave to cool slightly and then eat. Yum-a-Rama. We discussed that these with cheddar added would be scrummy too.


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