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Oh, dudes, I'm having such a nice long weekend. Thanksgiving is a great holiday. No stress, no obligations, just eating too much, taking naps, doing things that are fun, and appreciating all that is good in your life. Those are things I like! Usually we've gone to Joel's family in Las Cruces or Seattle, but this year we can't stray so far from home, so we've had to entertain ourselves. Which we did: Joel made enchiladas and I made biscuits (in the American definition of the word, which means 'scones that you don't have to count as dessert'), and that was about as energetic as it got on Thursday.

I'm trying to streamline the biscuit recipe so I can make them for breakfast on Sunday mornings without (a) taking more than ten minutes of prep time or (b) covering myself and the kitchen in flour. The ideal workflow here is that Joel goes out to get the coffees, I have biscuits in the oven by the time he gets back, and he makes Julia Child-style omelettes while I set the table. And then we do a Thursday NY Times crossword while eating eggs wrapped in biscuits. I won't deny that I have simple needs, but this seems to me like the best of all possible Sunday mornings. After three practice runs, and having to eat 12 biscuits each (in the name of science), I think we've got it all figured out.

On Wednesday, Tiarnan and I went to see Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway. It was great fun -- it's much funnier and louder than I expected and the rhyming is far more entertainingly ridiculous -- and it was a while afterwards before my brain stopped trying to squeeze everything into iambic pentameter. Which reminds me of this.

The other excitement from Wednesday evening was coming home to find the last step of our renovation done and the house pretty much free from chaos: the contractors had called in during the day and installed our ceiling fans. Woohoo! They'd left their ladders and tools though, and I was standing under the speedily spinning fans and wondering about that when I noticed the note that said "ceiling fans are missing screws". So that could have ended hilariously, but it didn't.

It's nice to be almost finished. The insulation works and, between the excellent paint job and the new furniture, this looks like a room that adult humans live in. Putting the pictures back up will make that even more true and so will getting some curtains but, even without those things, the change is remarkable and makes me happy. I've been frustrated by our lack of house-progress over the last three years. It's reassuring to prove that we can make things happen when we try. [ House pictures, if you care for such things].

Date: 2012-11-25 09:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dorianegray.livejournal.com
You need to share the biscuit recipe!

(House looks lovely.)

Date: 2012-11-26 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cartographer.livejournal.com
Thanks! Ok, here's the recipe typed out from my brain. It's all imperial measurements and American products is the only thing. This country doesn't play nicely with the rest of the world.

You need

* White Lily all-purpose flour (I dunno what the equivalent is. The dude who gave me this recipe was adamant that this is _the_ flour, but he said any kind of French bread flour would be ok, but not as good.)
* Crisco (any kind of vegetable shortening probably works)
* Buttermilk
* Butter, if you like.
* Baking powder
* Baking soda
* Salt

1) Preheat the oven to 500F.

2) Put two cups of white lily flour in a mixing bowl with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of baking powder. I tried not sieving it last time and it was the best of the three batches, so I'll never sieve again :-)

3) Put a bit more flour, like maybe half a cup, in a smaller bowl. A breakfast cereal bowl is fine.

4) Grab a handful of Crisco and rub it into the flour.

5) Add buttermilk and mix it around until it's gooey, but not too wet to grab a handful of. Like cookie dough, apparently, though I'm not sure what that's like.

6) Drop a handful of it into the small bowl of flour and roll it around. Flatten it out a bit and put it on a greased baking tray.

7) Repeat. They should all be squished up together on the baking tray.

8) Optional: make a little thumb sized depression on the top of each one and drop a bit of butter into it. Butter makes everything better.

9) Bake for around 13 minutes or until the kitchen suddenly smells delicious.

10) Take them out, turn them upside down, and optionally rub more butter on the bottoms.

11) Try to not eat them until they cool a bit. Good luck with that :-)

I wouldn't have thought vegetable shortening could be better than butter on any axis ever, but , wow, the Crisco does make delicious and light and fluffy biscuits.

Alternatively, watch these lovely women and combine your favourite parts from each :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHQ-RhUQkLg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqhGvQV8GxM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSYY9-16bqA

Date: 2012-11-26 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dorianegray.livejournal.com
Thanks!

I'm sure the interwebs will be able to help me find substitutes for the Ami brands, and then I shall have a go, 'cause they do sound nice.

What a lovely home!

Date: 2012-11-27 08:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jkhedron.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the level-up :-)

(It was quite nice to begin with, natch!)

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