Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH

That they are, fresh from the oven, on their cooling rack!

Freshly Baked Scones

You’d better believe these scones first were, then were no more, in about two inhalations of a bite each. But they’re also fresh in another, more important sense. They’re also the first scones I ever baked. I love to eat them — with clotted cream, strawberry jam, nothing at all — but was always afraid to try to make them. I can turn out a mean banana bread, but beyond that — nada. Since most bakery or supermarket scones just don’t measure up to the platonic ideal of my taste buds, I’ve lived in a state of existential scone disappointment.

That is, until I read a recent post in the amazing and inspirational Tara’s blog, Finding Strength to Stand Again. She posed a question which really zinged right into me:Β When was the last time you did something for the first time?Β That question reminded me of a time when I’d turn down a street while driving simply because I’d never been there before. I did a lot of things that way, and felt a new freedom and exhilaration while it lasted. But then, as things do, I settled back into the routine and ordinary. Tara’s question awoke something, and my immediate response was to head into the kitchen with a new scone recipe I’d wistfully clipped from the latest Penzey’s catalog, Dylan’s Scones.

Without hesitation I dragged out the flour and the baking power, etc etc. You know the drill. And lo and behold, they were great!

So here’s to bloggers, and Tara’s inspiration, and fresh incentive and encouragement! Oh, of course, we polished them off with the classic, A Nice Cup of Tea!

A Nice Cup of Tea

Okay, guys:Β When was the last time you did something for the first time?

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27 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH

  1. Very fresh ! I can smell the scones!

  2. franhunne4u says:

    Now you got me envious – and hungry .. and longing for Cornwall’s wonderful July evenings!

  3. Stef says:

    Yay for experimenting with scones! (http://smilekiddo.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/88-make-scones/) Are you willing to share the recipe you used?

    • Stef says:

      P.S. And I totally agree that Tara rocks. πŸ™‚

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Yeah sure, Stef. Your recipe seems more complicated than mine, and the technique also. (I was kind of saving that post on your bucket list for some time when I was braver, and maybe less envious.)
      I took it right from the Penzey’s recipe, and I’ll email it to you. (If anyone else should want it, just say the word, including your email address, and you’ll have it.

  4. I can’t remember the last time I tried something for the first time. 😦 Unless you want to count eating a multigrain croissant yesterday. If I had that recipe I’d be tempted to attempt baking. Now that would be pretty novel. πŸ˜‰
    You are brave and talented. πŸ˜€

  5. barb19 says:

    Your freshly-made scones look delish, congrats on making them for the first time!
    I agree – Tara is an inspiration to us all.

  6. jfb57 says:

    I’m sure I can smell those scones! Delicious!

  7. mrscarmichael says:

    very good effort M’Dear! My Mum made a mean scone and back in the day I could rustle up a lovely cheese scone.

  8. Pauline says:

    J, if you ever come this way to visit, I shall take you to visit Sweet William’s bakery in Salisbury, CT. He makes THE best scones I’ve ever eaten. The last time i did something for the first time was last month when I made my own sewing pattern from a previous shirt that still fit but had become raggedy. Printed patterns used to cost 25 cents. Now they’re close to $10 What an affront to my frugal soul!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      How did the blouse come out? I bet it was just fine!
      Oh I would love to come visit and nibble on scones with you — but we went with some folks from here to the Berkshire Choral Festival last Saturday and the trip was pretty close to forever! It must be a big timesaver for you now that C&A have moved to Easthampton —
      BTW I didn’t know I had quite so many years on you — (see my comment on your post about O. Sacks and the elements).

      • Pauline says:

        The blouse did turn out just fine! An hour and a half in this heat would undo me, too so come in the fall! And a dozen years is a mere trifle πŸ˜‰

      • Touch2Touch says:

        A mere bagatelle, says she — looking from the younger end of the telescope!
        Ah well, we persevere. I shall come with the autumn coolth.

  9. The scones look dee-lish! Good for you!

    My friend MaryAnne is always getting me to try new things – she drags me outside of the box usually with no complaints (sometimes kicking and screaming, quietly). But…hmmm…recent first times…ummm…OK, if I have to think THIS hard about it, it’s been way too long…

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