Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ice and Welsh Cakes

I took some fun pictures of the yard yesterday, once the sun came out and made everything all sparkly. Lookit!


That's my rosemary. Do you think it will make it till spring?


That's the basil. I already know it's long dead.


Remember my gnarly tomato plants from summer? Yeah. That's them.


And that's the pretty morning glory which wasn't supposed to be growing with the vegetables, but the garden was neglected when I started the new job and the Hunny was replacing siding all summer.


Hey! There's my friend Herb! It's actually the Hunny's friend Herb. Chocolate mint my mom gave him for his June birthday.

To really make the day grand, I hunted down a recipe for a treat my mom made often when I was growing up. It was always my favorite. Anyone out there ever make Welsh cakes? Because these were very yummy, but they fell apart. Not that anyone seemed to mind.


Here they are after being patted out and cut:


I substituted a third of the shortening with real butter, nice and cold from the fridge. Here they are in the pan:


I used the pan instead of an electric griddle. My electric griddle hasn't seen the light of day in three years. Here they are on the plate:


I also used raisins and dried cranberries instead of currants. I didn't have currants. Here they are right before one is popped into my mouth:


They were incredibly yummy. Wanna see the recipe? I found it at Cooks dot com:


Essentially they're griddle cooked scones, instead of baked. Mmm. Perfect on a cold day home from school! Try them! You'll like them.

Until I write again ...

Flea

21 comments:

Marguerite said...

Ooh, yummy!!! I forgot about those. :) I need to add that recipe to my collection.

And if I ever dig my stuff out of storage, I'll have lots more to share.

Karen said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't clean out my garden from last fall. I figure it's not hurting anything, right? Or is it secretly destroying the topsoil over winter? That would be my luck.

Ellyn said...

Wow. They look wonderful. I am definately going to try them.


I love the first picture of the Rosemary. Ice it so pretty. So long as you can stay off the roads during the storm. It isn't at all pretty if you have to go somewhere.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Your icy herb garden is beautiful but I don't think it will taste very yummy. Now those cakes on the other hand... I think I'm going to send our for scones. :-)

Daryl said...

And I kept thinking 'she's going to use her iced herbs in her scones'. Boy was I ever wrong ... I dont cook as you know but I did once and I wonder if sub'ing the shortening with butter made them less ... sturdy?

asthmagirl said...

Skillet scones? I think the butter sub is risky with biscuits and scones, texture wise. But the taste is divine! Those look really good!

Mental P Mama said...

A cozy day chez Flea and family! Love it.

Carmi said...

Followed your link home from Daryl's. Glad I did: your blog's an absolute delight!

The ice pics are gorgeous. Even if everything underneath never comes back, you've captured an ethereal beauty in these photos. Living as I do in the Great White North, I so relate!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Oooooh I shiver to think what that ice is doing to your plants . . . but it sure makes for some pretty pics! : D [Dare I mention that my rosemary blooms away and I even saw a red-throated hummer partying amongst the blossoms today?]

I am a SCONE LOVER!!! I've never tried these beauties . . . til now! Thanks for sharing the receipt. ; )

STAY WARM!!!

Lori said...

Griddle Scones! Two of my favorite words put together! I will have to try these very soon.
Hope you are keeping warm with all of that ice! Glad you have power, too.

imom said...

The ice looks really pretty on everything, of course that's easy for me to say I'm not living with it!

The welsh cakes look really yummy!

Daisy said...

Icy outside, warm and toasty inside with fresh bakery. Sounds like my house on a winter day! Hope your neighborhood is weathering the storm well.

Kidzmama said...

My kids kept asking when I was going to go outside and take pictures. I was waiting for the sun, but it never came. I took a few when I went out to do a quick shovel. Over eight inches here and more coming tomorrow. Kids have been home for two days now.

Snooty Primadona said...

Love the sparkly herbs... I'm sorry, but I don't think they'll make it through to spring. Quality time with the kids though! Yes, I can look at it like this now that they're grown.

;-)

Karen Deborah said...

Where are the optimists? Most of those plants will come up from old seeds in the spring. You can't get rid of mint or morning glories and I think rosemary is indestructible, just cut back the dead wood. The photos are fabulous, really cool icy shots.
Contrasting the icy wonderland is the warmth of home baking the promise of butter, the flakiness of bisquits....oh lawdy I would sure like to come over about now!
Great post!

OHmommy said...

Currants?

I need to find a winter recipe with currants. I am suddenly hungry for currants.

PS. I do not even own an IPOD. Congrats on yours.

Kareer Woman said...

Brrrr, I was cold looking through your post pics, but your ending pics made up for it :)

Scribbit said...

We can't even keep basil alive inside, it's just not bright enough.

But the garden is really pretty even covered with snow--

Karen said...

The ice pictures are beautiful!!! I have never had a Welsh cake. They look divine!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

You just made my day! My Welsh grandma used to make these for us and I can taste them as I type. I will definitely be giving this recipe ago - thank you!

Egghead said...

Oh those look so good. Must try them.