January 31, 2009

I finally made Southern biscuits

Ages and ages ago I wrote something on someone's blog about their "biscuits" looking like our rusks and apparently I was very wrong. They are nothing like rusks.

My American blog friends were horrified that I didn't know what Southern biscuits were (rather in the same way that I'm horrified that they don't know what rusks are) and Jennifer Deaton very kindly sent me a recipe to try.

I scrawled it on a piece of paper and it's been attached to the side of my kitchen cupboard for a good 18 months - 2 years.

Do you know why?

Because I don't buy buttermilk.

And they only sell buttermilk in 500ml.

I really do hate wasting so I looked for another recipe to use up the other 250ml (seeing as I was "cooking American" I tried cornbread - that was a huge flop so I threw the whole thing away)

Anyway, finally, in December, I got around to making what I called...

"Jennifer Deaton's Southern biscuits"
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup cheese
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes.

Since it had been so long since I wrote down the recipe, I couldn't make out the order of mixing the ingredients since my piece of paper says

f, bp + s, then b, then c, b/m last (yes, I'm very thorough :)

So I googled Southern biscuits and found the same recipe that I could follow.

The recipe said that you could use muffin cups to bake them in so I instantly got very happy. Muffin cups are one of my favourite things in the world for making my life easier!

They came out very well and even Dion enjoyed them.

isn't this red plate gorgeous? My Christmas gift from work - we each draw names and buy one present


They're actually almost exactly like scones!

So next time I won't faff around with all this biscuit stuff, I'll just make scones.

If there are any Americans reading, is the gravy you put over biscuits like "normal" gravy you have with a roast beef, potatoes and veggies?

The reason I ask is because we eat scones with strawberry jam and cream (I don't eat cream, so I just have the jam), or cheese, and I shudder to think of pouring gravy over them :)

However, I'd love to learn!
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January 30, 2009

Open and closed doors - changing the direction of this blog

London Eye - looking out through the doors of the pod

I've been a little confused about where to take the direction of this blog.

It started out as a success or self-development kind of blog because I was doing general life coaching.

Then I started adding more of me to the mix with recipes, books I'd read and photography.

Then once I specialised in time management and organising for business owners, I started blogging more specifically on time and business, keeping the organising for the other blog.

Very confusing, all of this, especially when you just jump into things as I do.

Finally I've decided to keep this blog as a personal blog, so I'll still be blogging about food, my life, skies and other photography, etc, etc.

I've started blogging the business stuff on my new website at http://organiseyourbusiness.com so please keep reading there for advice and tips on time management, productivity and getting things done in your business.

Otherwise, come back tomorrow because I'm going to share how I, a South African, made American Southern Biscuits!

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