I have to admit that I had a small moment of regret when I first posted the link to my blog on Facebook. I was feeling a little bit embarrassed of the amateur quality of my new blog. I guess that is the beauty of the internet though. Pretty much anyone can post anything. The thing is, this blog is a big project for me. It’s a way for me to express myself in a way that I really haven’t before and I honestly believe that if I stick with it, it will open many doors for me as a baker, writer, and human being. But, right now there are a lot of things that I want to change and am still trying to figure out. The fact that I have made this personal space, open to not only strangers, but also to friends, family, and acquaintances, means that you will all be a part of the change and growth of this blog. And please don’t hesitate to let me know what things you like, don’t like, thing I should add/change…etc.
Just so you know, I’ll let you in on a few changes that I’ve already been thinking about. For one, I need a REAL camera. My iphone is just not going to cut it forever. I’m not exactly sure when I will be able to obtain a camera (borrow or buy), but eventually once I do have one, I would like to share photos not only of my food, but also shots of my life (i.e. scenery, friends, honey, places, things, etc.). Once I do have a camera, it will be a mission in itself to learn how to use the dang thing properly and take some shots that I’m proud of. But it’s something to look forward to.
Probably one of the most important changes I’ll want to make is with the recipes. This is a food blog after all. All the recipes I’ve been making have been really great so far, but I would like to share some of my family recipes and personal experiments. The problem right now is, I don’t have all that much experience baking. Beyond that, testing recipes takes a lot of time and money which is hard to come upon when you are a college student. However, once I feel like I’ve really learned the basics by trying out recipes I find online and in cookbooks, I will start to incorporate more of my own stuff.
Furthermore, I don’t think I can make only sweets forever. Let’s be real, as much as I love cookies, I need to eat really food too. And while my passion is in baking, I think cooking in general is an extremely valuable skill. I am a believer in eating healthy whole foods, locally grown as much as possible. Obviously, it’s hard for me to stay true to that one hundred percent of the time, but regardless I’d love to make you a good salad, or some pasta to go with your cookies and cakes.
My writing is another key part of this operation that is bound to go through some change. I am very interested in not only writing in a talkative manner but also in creating poetry. There is a good chance that my writing will change a lot in the first few months. Part of me wants to tell you a story. The other part of me just wants to complain about my day. And then there is even another part that wants to share some poetry. Chances are, you’ll get some of it all. But, if you have a preference or think something in particular works better than something else, feel free to let me know.
I might even share music and art I like in the future. We’ll see. Basically I just wanted to lay everything out there. No secrets. No surprises. Just a slow transformation into what I’m really dreaming this will someday be. Just know, even though I love the support, followers, likes, and comments, this is really in a way like a journal for me. So, I’m going to be real and hopefully that doesn’t mean stepping on anyone’s toes. I just want to be completely true to myself more than anything.
And since I’m thinking about WHAT I WANT so much today, I made my absolute all time favorite thing, CHOCOLATE CHIP SCONES! 🙂
RECIPE (adapted from Take A Megabite):
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1 egg
– 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed and cold
– 3 T sugar
– powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Whisk together egg and milk. Pour less than 1/4 cup of mixture into a separate bowl to set aside and use for glaze later. Add vanilla to remaining liquid. Whisk together. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Crumble butter into flour mixture with your fingers until butter is about size of peas. Add sugar and chocolate chips stirring together with your hands. Pour in milk, egg, vanilla mixture. Bring dough together without over working.
Place on a floured surface. Shape dough into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges. Brush egg/milk mixture on top of each wedge. Place on parchment covered baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes until golden on top. Allow to cool. Dust with powdered sugar and serve!