My soul and hands belong in the kitchen. It’s my happy place, and best of all is that it allows me to gift happiness to others.
In 2019, I created a virtual gourmet group called “Kaust, what have you cooked today?”, which now counts 510 members. During lockdown the group really blossomed as I was also sharing inspirational posts/recipes.
As for the themed cooking challenges, they really made a difference when the lockdown first started. The challenges were very well received because everyone was at home, cooking more than usual, since the restaurants were closed.
Both have kept our spirits up in time of isolation.
One word: GORGEOUSNESS!!! Remind me why I don't bake scones more often?
These have in them chives, turkey bacon, cheese ( parmesan and colby jack) and a blend of spices (chilli powder, onion powder, paprika and mustard powder).
So full of flavour, crunchy on the outside and super soft in the middle.
- 225g plain flour (plus extra for dusting)
- 4tsp baking powder
- half a teaspoon of salt
- 55g of cold cubed butter
- 100ml of cold milk
- 120g grated cheese You can customise the flavours to your liking of course, feel free to be as inventive as you can:
- By adding your choice of dry spices (paprika, chilli powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, turmeric, mustard powder, or anything else you might like)
- Semi hard or hard cheeses work best like parmesan, mozzarella block, Emmental, pecorino, cheddar, blue cheese, etc.
- Finely chopped fresh or dried herbs like parsley, dill, chives, rosemary, basil, coriander, oregano, thyme or spring onion
- Chopped turkey bacon, ham or cured sausages, even finely chopped roast chicken.
- Olives, sun dried tomatoes or caramelised onions.
- Preheat the oven at 400°F.
- In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and powdered spices.
- Add the cold cubed butter into the flour mixture and rub it in with your fingers till it looks like chunky breadcrumbs. (Do not insist too much because we don't want the butter to melt into your hands and combine with your flour too much).
- Add the grated cheese and any other flavoring you choose to use and mix them in your hand to distribute them evenly.
- Make a well in the center, add the milk and carefully form a round ball of dough by handling the dough as less as you can. Whatever you do, DO NOT knead.
- Take the ball of dough out of the bowl and place it on a slightly sprinkled surface.
- Flatten it slightly with your hands and with the help of a sharp knife, cut the dough in 8 equal pieces.
- Glaze them by brushing them with milk and top with extra grate cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until well puffed up and golden brown.