Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Lemon and Sultana Scones
225g Self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
The zest of 1 lemon
Extra milk for brushing
Rub the butter into the sifted flour and salt. Mix in the sultanas and lemon zest, and then add the milk all at once. Mix to a soft but not sticky dough with a knife.
Roll out to about 2cm thick and cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter. Transfer to a greased baking sheet, brush tops with milk and bake for about 10 minutes at 230C, till well risen and golden.
Cool on a wire rack.
Follow the recipe above but add a pinch of Cayenne Pepper to the flour and salt, then mix in 50g of strong flavoured cheese before adding the milk. I also added a teaspoon of dried Oregano.
Any other flavours ...
Basically you can add what you want - fruit, spices, herbs, whatever takes your fancy at the time.
Isobel uses yogurt instead of milk, other people use half milk, half Creme Epaisse or buttermilk.
Traditions and secrets!
Handle the dough as little as possible and don't roll it out too thinly - if you do the result will be more like cookies.
Never cut a cooked scone, it destroys the texture, break it in half with your fingers.
Always eat them on the day you make them, or put them in the freezer as soon as they are cool.
Yes, we were a bit bedraggled by the time we stopped for our refreshments at the ADEPS cafeteria! It was warm though and our friend, Maija, (2nd right) shared some fine chocolates infused with delicious Finnish Lakka liquor. Umm ... our "Thanks" Maija ... and we look forward to your next visit in Brussels!!!
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Off we went at 1pm on schedule ... leaving from Jennifer's house through the fields nearby. It was a beautiful fall day ... quite cool to start but the views were marvelous! Thanks Jennifer ... we welcome your doing this for us on another occasion!
We had a variety of venues on the walk and really enjoyed the changing colors of the trees as we made our way along Jennifer's route. We passed Stone Manor as well as the Chateau for the Duke of Merode (???). Quite impressive ... all.
A lucky 13 of us gathered for the walk today. We were practically blinded by the bright, strong sun and eventually shed our jackets as we warmed up during Jennifer's 6.63k, 1:35 minute walk. This meant that we expended 367 calories ... Let's see ... how many of Jennifer's delicious scones does that mean we could devour??? Jennifer insists that they are truly small ... and don't count for many calories ... Whew!
Our thanks to Jennifer (2nd left) for her generous hospitality, too! We enjoyed her delicious 2 varieties of scones ... those made with herb and cheese as well as those with raisins! In addition, she provided us with cake and crab apple jelly! Some of us "non-Brits" tried Marmite for the first time ... Well, .... um. That must be an aquired taste! Hot coffee and teas ... just were perfect with the scones and cake!!! Yum ... We shall return!
Friday, 19 October 2007
Even though it was a bit overcast it was a lovely afternoon for our wanderings through the foret de soignes and the arboretum under the guidance of Marie Jo who knows the area well. The trees are changing color so it was a lovely time to be out to enjoy the beauty so near by for many of us!
Fifteen of us and Spartacus were here to enjoy the walk in the forest of Jezus Eik and here we paused to show who was on hand today. It seems when food is mentioned it does seem to bring out a crowd. Hmm ...is there a message there?
Monday, 15 October 2007
15 of us walked this beautiful afternoon ... and, had a wonderful outing with so many friends showing up and such great weather!
We were trying to get some of the beautiful background in the field behind us but the large group of us sort of dominated the photo. We were pleased; however, to welcome back one of our very faithful, former walkers, Linda, from So. France (kneeling) who we were pleased to see continues to set a good pace!
We took our refreshments this afternoon at Miam, nearby, where the manager knows us and gives us the choice table ... large enough to accomodate the group. The walkers are holding up the Hawaiian flip flop key rings that Sandy brought back for each of them as a symbol of the Hawaiian ... walking shoe! Would that the weather here would cooperate so that we could wear flip flops more often...
The ladies sorted through the colorful key chains of flip flops while waiting for our refreshments at Au Repos des Chasseurs. Sandy brought them back from her trip (one per walker while supplies last) as a reminder of the Hawaiian "walking shoe"!
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Here are most of us assembled for the walk in the Nature Preserve with Cecile (left) and Ghislaine (right) in the lead. We were pleased to have Cecile meet our train as we pulled into the Heist Station and we were all delighted by her invitation to visit at the shore on this beautiful fall day! Who knew in the spring when we planned this that the weather would cooperate??? "Thanks Cecile"!!!
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