Classic scones for breakfast…

Scones. Before I baked this batch of scones, I have never tasted one or baked any before. It was a risk I took to bake scones! I have no idea why I have the urge to bake scones but I did it! Maybe it resembles a cookie or maybe it was the fact that it looked rather posh and delicate to be consume that I have the cravings for it. I did not know how it was eaten or how the desired outcome there should be. I just went ahead and bake it!

Therefore today, I would love to share with you my recipes for classic scones!

Ingredients

  • 350g self-raising flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 85g butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 175ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • squeeze lemon juice (see Know-how below)
  • beaten egg, to glaze
  • jam and clotted cream, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Tip the flour into a large bowl with the salt and baking powder, then mix. Add the butter, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  2. Put the milk into a jug and heat in the microwave for about 30 secs until warm, but not hot. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, then set aside for a moment. Put a baking sheet in the oven.
  3. Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a cutlery knife – it will seem pretty wet at first. Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Pat into a round about 4cm deep.
  4. Take a 5cm cutter (smooth-edged cutters tend to cut more cleanly, giving a better rise) and dip it into some flour. Plunge into the dough, then repeat until you have four scones. By this point you’ll probably need to press what’s left of the dough back into a round to cut out another four. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
  5. Bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking, generously topped with jam and clotted cream. If freezing, freeze once cool. Defrost, then put in a low oven (about 160C/fan140C/gas 3) for a few mins to refresh.

I ate my scones with butter and berry jam. And before I consume my scones, I would toast it for about 2-4 minutes in the toaster or you could heat it up in the microwave. Then I would slice them into half and spread my butter and jam! I accompanied it with a cup of milk and I never felt more contented!

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I could say that the product was a success! Something I love about this recipe is that the making of the scones were simple and fast. You could start making your dough at 8am and have fresh scones by 9.30am! I was really satisfied with what I got and I am ready to further explore different types of scones!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and Good Luck & Have Fun baking….!

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Source of recipe from BBC Good Food, Classic scones with jam and clotted cream. (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4622/classic-scones-with-jam-and-clotted-cream)
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This is a post whereby I have no clue on what to post about. I did a posting yesterday, thinking that something new might popped into my mind for a brand post. But I was wrong. I had nothing. I think this is one of those days where you try as hard as you possibly could to craft something out but you could not, because you just got nothing. So today, I sit here, thinking and typing of something to be published. So I guess I shall share a little of what have happened in this past week.

Monday. I missed school as I was having a high fever of 39 degree celsius during the weekends. I stayed at home and recuperate. I either nap or be on social media. And that was the day I found out I surpassed 1000 viewers on this blog!

Tuesday. Got up early and went to school. It was the big day for me. I was having my national Mother tongue examination that very day, therefore I went to school. The whole day I was worrying if I would do well for my exams, which flew past faster than I thought. In a blink of an eye, Tuesday was over.

Then came Wednesday, school, home, lunch, nap then dinner. Pretty much sums up my mid-week day.

Thursday was pretty similar with Wednesday but just 3 hour longer of school. By the time I was home, I was knackered.

Friday. It was a pretty dull day in school or at home. I did not plan any fancy activity for Friday. It was just chill and calm.

That sums up my week.

I think you must be thinking ‘why is she posting all of this up?’ I told myself I did not want to make up a subject and go along and post it up on the blog, that would be just wrong. I want this blog to be rather raw and true, so I decided to face you and honestly say I have no materials for today’s post. I truthfully apologize for this, however I assure you that next week, there would be something on this blog!

Thank you for your patience and See you soon! xoxo Pei Gee!

Places I Want to See…

Thought that I wanted to post 2 article this week, so here’s the first. I think this article would be more of a deeper introduction of who I am or getting to know me!

This places that I am going to mention are around the world and pretty random. There are no order what comes first or last! Here goes…

India! The main reason I want to visit India is because of Holi festival. Holi festival is known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It is whereby people on the street or wherever you are, colour each other with dry powder and coloured water. The street would be burst with colours and love and it brings people together. And also, another reason would be their food!

Alaska. There is no main reason of wanting to visit Alaska but only, to view the scenic state. The nature captured is the reason why I would love to visit.

Britain! Reasons why I want to visit..? The food. Pastries, Fish and chips, roast beef and many more! Shopping! Brands such as Topshop, H&M , New Look and many more!

Paris. I think this would be cliché but yes, I want to see the magnificent Eiffel Tower. But being able to try their local food would make me want to visit Paris as soon as possible. Their pastries. Croissant, chocolate eclair, and the list goes on! Plus, Paris have such a diverse culture, what’s there not to see!

Greece! I believe I fell in love with the architecture of Greece and the island when I was watching Mama Mia, 2008. The crystal clear blue sea, the brilliant architecture of the way houses are built in the ancient times. It is like visiting the old and the new, which I found so interesting and fascinating.

Well, there you go. Here are 5 places where I really want to visit and in hope that maybe one day in the future, I would get a chance to visit and tour these places.

I hope you enjoyed this short post and stay tune for more post to come tomorrow, Saturday. See you till then!

Feast fit for the King…

Living in a globalised and modern city have exposed me to cuisine all over the world; one of which is my favourite, Indian. The unique smell of curry, the burst of flavour from the spices and the various colours on the table.

I was introduced to Indian food at a family friend’s dinner. The flavours and smell were pretty alien to me then, hence I did not really appreciate the meal. However now, I am constantly craving for mutton curry, naan bread and tandoori chicken. My parents are a big fan as well, therefore they were part of an influence to my diet. They would hunt for reasonable and tasty Indian restaurants. When they were told that there was a restaurant that fulfil the criteria of reasonable and tasty, they had to try it out.

This restaurant is located at a pretty deserted road at Biopolis, Singapore. It is not easily located, however it is a gem worth searching for. At the entrance, you would be greeted by a ‘castle-like’ entry way. When you set foot into this restaurant, you would be mesmerised with its authentic Indian architecture. IMG_2674We took a seat at the end of the restaurant to dine. I have to admit, we did have some difficulty in ordering as we not very familiar with the dishes, however there was a friendly and patient waiter to guide us through ordering. We ordered our food in no time.

For starters, they would serve papadum. It is a thin, crispy, disc like cracker. They are accompanied with a mint sauce and plum sauce. It definitely was a good start to the meal as the papadum was crispy and not hard and soft. The sauces were something new to me, however it went well with the cracker.  IMG_2675Next, we had mutton Kabab masala. It is a spicy, flavourful tender minced mutton shaped into cubes and are pan-fried. It came with a mint sauce as well. The kebabs were so spicy but so yummy that I could not stop myself despite the heat. IMG_2676

  For the mains, we had various dishes.

On the far left are naan bread. (Garlic and plain). On the right are saffron rice, dhal , yogurt with assorted chopped vegetables, and chicken curry. On the right corner is vegetable curry.
On the far left are naan bread. (Garlic and plain). On the right are saffron rice, dull , yogurt with assorted chopped vegetables, and chicken curry. On the right corner is vegetable curry.

Naan bread were stretchy and soft, which are the desirable texture. The saffron rice was so aromatic and pretty. The dull was not watery nor too thick, it was just nice. The yogurt was the most important, in my opinion, as it reduces the spiciness happening in the mouth. The yogurt had many textures, from crunchy from the onion to soft and creamy from the yogurt. The chicken curry was rather spicy, however, the chicken was so tender and lovely. The vegetable curry consist of different types of vegetables, ranging from cauliflower to carrots. Sadly, it was ordinary.

My meal there was fantastic! I cannot wait to go back and try out more Indian food! I believe my love for Indian food would continue to grow and develop!

To check out this restaurant, head to …

Khansama Tandoori Castle,

Immunos, 8A Biomedical Grove #01-20/22 s138648 (Biopolis)

Opens from Monday to Sunday, 11AM-11PM

Contacts: 6774 0300