Hello everyone! I don’t think I have ever been so happy that the weekend is here because it has been an incredibly busy past few weeks at work. My office recently had it’s national conference and our city was the hosting office this year. Was great to meet heaps of new people working for the organization but man was it tiring. I was pretty much smashed and cooking dinner was the last thing on my mind. Due to past experiences there are a couple of things I always make ahead and freeze so that I have no excuses to eat out. I think I have mentioned my love of freeze ahead dumplings in a previous post. The other thing I like to make in advance and keep in the fridge is pizza dough. And really, there is nothing better than the smell of freshly baked dough after a long day at work.
I just whipped up a batch of these scrumptious scones today. As I started to butter one for afternoon tea, it hit me. I have yet to share the recipe with everyone here! I am sorry. Please forgive me.
I slightly tweaked the original recipe by adding more butter and a touch of vanilla. It is incredulously easy to make and the scones produced are out of this world. The texture is crumbly and so so sooo soft, it feels like you are biting into a dream. You can make it all fancy schmancy looking for a high tea or just roughly shape them for a rustic look. It works for both savoury and sweet too! Just check out the notes for the variations. These keep really well too by the way – if it lasts that long.
Wooh! It is the weekend. This weekend we also have the added bonus of having Anzac Day fall on a Monday – bring on the long weekend. Usually we take a long drive somewhere and we all know how taxing drives can be. You need to crank up the music and have snacks on hand to survive. We usually buy all sorts of junk food to fuel us. Yes, yes I know it is bad for us but really the muesli bars sold at supermarkets are not any better not to mention expensive! But for our trip this time I wanted to bring something healthy. We have been doing so well with eating at home and loading up on healthy food for the last few weeks it seems a waste to stop the habit.
So I decided that I shall make my own granola bars.
Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe we are in 2016 already? The last year has really gone by in a blur. In fact I have yet to come up with any New Year resolutions…perhaps I will just stick to the same ones as I have every year:
- Get a job (this used to be ‘do well in school’ but since I’ve graduated…).
- Be happy and grateful for what I have.
- Exercise more.
- Lead a healthier lifestyle.
Oh, perhaps I will add in a fifth resolution this year – to write more frequently here on The Chai Ninja. Now that the resolutions are done and dusted lets get down to business.