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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Strawberry and Rosemary Scones

today's post is going to be a slight departure from what i normally write: my somewhat maudlin babble about food and what it does to me or why i like it. this time around, because i didn't actually make the scones that i'm picturing (Nuria did, i just poked and prodded, encouraged and teased), i'm going to list my 10 favorite words. i came across this excercise from Elle's New England Kitchen, who reposted it from Dawn of Not Going Postal. Basically, you list what your favorite words are and why. this challenge got me thinking. i like words. i wanted to be a writer of fiction back in the day, and then the dream morphed into journalist. i spent my entire high school career writing for the newspaper, yearbook and literary magazines. my degree is in international journalism. so here i am. doing something completely different, spending the bulk of my day pining for my avocado peeler. but that is neither here nor there. without further ado...

1. Racecar. it's a palindrome. i learned about this concept in the 4th grade. there are plenty of other palindrome words but that's the one i remember.

2. Laugh. i love that the "gh" makes an "ff" sound. and i love the actual acting living out of the word.

3. Smiles. this is so hokey but the two S's on either side of the word spells "mile" making it the longest word ev.er. plus, this is something that i need to do more and dang it if my braces won't eventually help in that cause.

4. Obsess. i do this a lot. it's what i do. i obsess about yarn, food, books, shoes, the future, the present and the past. sometimes i seem to just embody the concept of obsession.

5. Quality. this was a 5th grade vocabulary word. and it's something that i have gradually learned to incorporate in my Life.

6. F*ck. anyone who knows me that knows that i swear a lot. this particular word encompasses passion and anger, is a verb and a noun, and when said correctly anyone who speaks any language will understand it. it's a worldly word. haha.

7. Twelve. i like that the sound the T and W make and then add in the L and V. plus, i was born on the twelth day of the twelth month. 12 is another way to express it in written form. it's also my favorite number. need i say more?

8. Hysterical. i use it to describe something extremely funny. i know it also means a state of uncontrolled panic, anger, or excitement. in my case i use that word to describe some uncontrollable hilarity.

9. Hooker. when i was a kid, with the exception of buu, i was in the company of a bunch of boy cousins. i was rather girly, i danced around and posed in front of the mirror a lot. this earned me a nickname that translates figuratively as Ms. Priss, however, when translated literally the term basically means... well... hooker. now i use the term rather loosely. haha.

10. Seethe. for awhile. no wait. for years. or maybe, truth be told, the early part of my Life, i seethed. whether it was in bitterness, envy, anger or desperation, it was always silently. it's good to not do that anymore.

what are your favorite words?

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Strawberry and Rosemary Scones
from Giada Di Laurentiis

Scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbl finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
6 tbl unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup strawberry rhubarb jam

Glaze:
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, from 1 large lemon
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions
Special equipment: a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter

For the scones: Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, baking powder, rosemary, salt, and butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Gradually stir in the cream until the mixture forms a dough. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 1/2-inch thick, 10-inch circle. Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out heart-shaped pieces of dough and put on the prepared baking sheet. Gently knead together any leftover pieces of dough and roll out to 1/2-inch thick. Cut the dough into more heart shapes and add to the baking sheet. Using an index finger or a small, round measuring spoon, gently make an indentation in the center of each pastry heart. Spoon a heaped 1/2 teaspoon of jam into each indentation. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Transfer the cooked scones onto a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes.

For the glaze: In a medium bowl, mix together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Gradually add the water until the mixture is thin enough to spread. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze over the scones. Let the glaze set for about 30 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight plastic container for 2 days.

Cook's Note: i don't have a food processor so this was done by hand by stirring together the flour, sugar, baking powder, rosemary, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter. Using your fingertips or a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Gradually stir in the cream until the mixture forms a dough. we also put the dough in the fridge for 2 hours before rolling it out and cutting into it.

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verdict: soft and flaky. i had nuria bake them just under, barely golden at the edges. this batch of jam was on the tart side, which complemented the dough quite nicely. the cookie/scone itself isn't sweet but with the added punch of the jam, it created a lovely mix on the tongue. i'd ix-nay the lemon glaze next time.

today's song: Usher, Burn

8 comments:

  1. Lan, These look amazing? All of your food looks so yummy!

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  2. Yum, those scones look fantastic!

    I am sitting here trying to think of favorite words, and I have none. How sad is that!? I have words I use a lot--like, just, totally, sweet. But words I love and want people to use more? Maybe "mad" as in "I'm mad about chocolate" or "wicked" in the Boston way where "you are wicked good at making scones."

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  3. You're punny in #9. I don't think I've ever heard of someone calling themselves or their friends hooker. I gotta say it's catchy and after the explanation, it's endearing. I had a co-worker who nicknamed me Chippy because I was always so chipper, but an older co-worker said it was slang for hooker. Whatever.
    Good list. I like that your words are autobiographical. :)

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  4. I'm reading this thinking apples and rosemary or strawberries and lavender ... there are so many additional wonderful flavor combination to play with, aren't there?!

    Ah well, the baking one's will have to wait until I finish school - not much baking in culinary school, just a lot of fire!

    Cheers.

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  5. AA!!!!!
    Whats the deal!!! Great looking cookies, did you get a new camera? Although your food has always looked great, it looks HIGH DEFINITION nowadays. Anyhow, cheers to you!

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  6. A few things.

    First, I love that you made the soup, and am glad it turned out so beautifully.

    Second, your "about me" page made me laugh and almost cry at the same time. Seriously, that was a beautiful piece of writing, which really made me think a lot about the reasons why I cook myself. Thanks for sharing it.

    Three, your love of palindromes pretty much cements your status as my favorite blogger anywhere. My fave "oh no.. Don HO!"

    Four, favorite word = "Balalaika," the way it detonates on your tongue over and over again.

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  7. kirby, you're so sweet. alas, i wish i could take credit for these but my roommate made them. i only took the pix.

    thanks shannalee, i think the word "wicked" is awesome, and it makes me think of Boston when i hear it, not so much that it's a lesser word for evil. :)

    trish, so you're also a hooker! :)

    cookingschoolconfidential, yes, the possibilities are endless. when it's autumn and i go apple picking, i just might have to make apple preserves and bake these again.

    houstonwok, same camera. i haven't done anything differnt. thank you tho!

    jeff, well, you know how i feel about you. i love how Balalaika rolls off the tongue as well.

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  8. kirby, you're so sweet. alas, i wish i could take credit for these but my roommate made them. i only took the pix.

    thanks shannalee, i think the word "wicked" is awesome, and it makes me think of Boston when i hear it, not so much that it's a lesser word for evil. :)

    trish, so you're also a hooker! :)

    cookingschoolconfidential, yes, the possibilities are endless. when it's autumn and i go apple picking, i just might have to make apple preserves and bake these again.

    houstonwok, same camera. i haven't done anything differnt. thank you tho!

    jeff, well, you know how i feel about you. i love how Balalaika rolls off the tongue as well.

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