Two recent food-related triumphs: 1) my first attempt at scones, a success! 2) Halloween melon carving, a new tradition.
I have wanted to learn how to make scones for a long time. Scones are one of the most delicious baked-things out there, and yet, for every good scone, there seem to be a thousand terrible, stale, dry, depressing ones lurking in coffee shops, temping and disappointing me. I think the best reason to cook, to experiment in the kitchen, is to be able to eat things you can’t buy easily. And I just can’t seem to buy a fresh, crumbly, tasty scone.
However, I have always put off trying, because I was sure I would mess it up.
Friday night, in a frenzy of domesticity, I stayed up until 2 am cleaning my house, doing laundry, and making scones.
It totally paid off. They were so good. In the spirit of Fall, I went for the lemon cranberry scones from Smitten Kitchen. As she suggested, I flash-froze them, and baked a batch Sunday morning for my lovely house-guests- Erin, Melissa, Willy, and Dan- who were adventurous enough to leave the Bay and come to Davis for Halloween.
As for the second triumph, I am never carving a pumpkin again. Both the Nugget and Safeway had run out of pumpkins on Halloween, so we had to get creative. Willy went with a watermelon, Dan with a honeydew, and I with a cantaloupe. I can’t believe this hasn’t been done before. Our melons glowed red, green, and orange. And, we got to eat melon. We even made it into a granita of sorts.