I was at home this weekend to visit my family and friends, of course, but also (and mostly) because my mum and dad were getting a new kitten. This is incredibly exciting to someone like me who adores cats, future cat lady right here!
We went to pick him up on Saturday morning, and since then he has taken to his new home as if it has always been this way. He is just a crazy, playful, super cute kitten who we are all completely in love with already. Of course I had to come back home to Glasgow eventually and I miss him already! I mean look at that face…
When I was baking these muffins he was following me all around the kitchen trying to get in to every cupboard and drawer I opened, trying to figure out what on earth I was up to and why I wasn’t playing with him. Despite the distraction, I manged to finished baking without any kitten related disasters, and they turned out great.
These scones are light and flavourful. A little bit too summery for the season perhaps, with the fresh blueberries, but I just really fancied baking with blueberries. They have a brilliant flavour after baking, and go really well with the toasted walnuts and spices here. Alone, the scones are not overly sweet, but that was a great excuse for a maple glaze and means you are able to sweeten them up with some homemade jam. (more…)
Happy weekend! I’m hoping everyone has lovely things planned this weekend and intends to have fun and eat well. For me, weekend food is all about breakfast, or brunch, because it’s the weekend and if you feel lazy about getting up and cooking that’s perfectly ok. Breakfast is without doubt my favourite meal. I would gladly eat breakfast fare morning, noon and night, savoury or sweet. Eggs, bacon, hash browns, French toast, maple syrup – it’s all good (although not necessarily all together!).
My go-to breakfast dish to make for friends is pancakes. Everybody likes them and you can easily adapt the flavours to suit what you have in your cupboards. There are a lot of variations of the basic recipe and I’m still trying to figure out which flour to use, what the perfect balance of wet to dry ingredients is or whether to use milk or buttermilk, but this recipe never fails me and produces tasty moist pancakes.
Mostly I stick to the classic combination of lemon and blueberry when making pancakes, but having just picked up some peaches I thought I would experiment with another fruit/citrus combination and paired it with grapefruit.
The peaches were super sweet so the bitter, scented flavour the grapefruit added was an excellent balance.
So go on and enjoy your weekend and bake pancakes for breakfast! (more…)