Well, another week has slipped by….where does the time go? It’s been a productive week though, so I’m feeling good about a bit of ‘chill time’ today…catching up with my fav. blogs and writing a new post.
As I mentioned a while back, I am now working on two new cookbooks. The Veggie Pizza Scones featured below are one of my new recipes for the revised edition of NJFV.
If I do say so myself, the photo is pretty darn nice don’t ya think? A great scone to accompany soup or chili. I’ll include the recipe for these scones at the end of this post.
Veggie Pizza Scones
Still on the topic of food and recipes, I continue to find more and more articles about the nutritional value of beans, in particular red (preferably dried not canned and if possible organic) beans, for retaining the best nutritional value and flavor .
Here are some links that you might want to check out:
And here’s a couple of ways to use beans in recipes.
Speaking of chili or soup to go with scones…
So what did you all do to celebrate the day? Shopped till you dropped or refrained from pulling out your wallet for 24 whole hours? We didn’t buy much yesterday, only a few items at our local food co-op, so I guess that’s pretty good!
I am happy to see that there is a gradual (albeit very gradual) shift in consumer’s buying patterns and the No Shop Day really brings to mind just how much we buy and consume on a daily basis and really, is it all necessary or worthwhile? The impact and implications are indeed food for thought and on a number of levels: environmentally, socially, ethically….
One of the things that is emphasised on the No Shop Day articles and sites I’ve checked out is the rising awareness of just how and by whom so many (especially cheaper) consumer goods are being manufactured. Is there any joy in buying some item that was made in a modern-day ‘sweat shop’ even worse, with children being the source for cheap labour. Yes, it’s still happening.
The good news: Consumers can and do have a huge impact on the retailers and the trends.
Demanding accountability and integrity in the retail sector should be a given. I really am encouraged to see the interest and impact that No Shop Day is having, around the world.
One last note on the subject. I also think that a huge part of overspending and over-consumption comes from the credit card madness that so many people eventually find themselves facing. What would the world be like now, without credit and especially as accessible as it’s become?
In Canada and the U.S., credit card debt is now at staggering, unbelievable proportions. Not good for anyone, is it? Joe and I have made a sincere commitment to buy with cash, save for what we want/need and not allow ourselves to get overwhelmed with debts in the future. It’s a good feeling.
OK, I’m getting off my soap-box now, enough said. Ohh…maybe not, can I say one more thing on the subject LOL …..
I am REALLY encouraged by all the bloggers who are making handmade gifts for Christmas this year and of course for other occasions and also all the beautiful items being sold on etsy. Now that’s a good trend! 🙂
On to feline news…..
As you can see from this photo…nap-time is getting friendlier!!! Note body-part contact and all is well…LOL Hope it keeps up.
In blogging news, isn’t it fun to check out what posts get the most clicks?
I had a lot of traffic to my Cookies and a Thanksgiving Wish post, this past week in particular. 364 clicks since I originally wrote/posted this one in October!!!
Hope the cookie recipe and my thanksgiving wishes were well received.
Another very popular post is my one about exercise guru, Ed Allen. People stop by that one on a daily basis and this post on Google is at the Number 1 spot for the search term Ed Allen. I guess I wasn’t the only person wondering, Whatever Happened to Ed Allen?
I’ve been working on my ‘don’t wanna do but have to list’ this week and made some good progress…ticking off items. Kept this thought in mind and simple though it is, it really did help:
“The best way to begin, is, to begin…”
Wishing you all a great week. 🙂
Here’s the Pizza Scone Recipe. Do let me know if you give them a try!
Veggie Pizza Scones
A hearty, colorful and satisfying scone, great with soup or chili.
Makes 10 large scones.
1 C. unbleached white flour
1 C. whole wheat pastry flour
2 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. sea salt
3 T. firm butter or margarine (Earth Balance works great)
2 large (free range preferred) eggs beaten
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ C. finely diced sweet or red onion
½ small red pepper, finely diced
½ C. finely diced zucchini
1 T. basil pesto
½ C. EACH grated Parmesan and sharp Cheddar cheese
Lightly grease a large baking/cookie sheet and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the first 4 dry ingredients, cut in butter/margarine until crumbly. Add beaten eggs to the first mixture, stirring just enough to combine.
In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute remaining ingredients (except for cheeses and pesto) until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cool mixture, then add pesto and cheeses. Add veggie mixture to the dough, stirring (or use your hands) just enough to combine. Dough should be soft but not sticky. Add a bit more flour if necessary.
Form a ball of dough and allow dough to rest on floured board for 10 minutes.Preheat oven to 400F.
Knead dough slightly (1-2 minutes). Gently roll or pat out dough to a ½ “ thickness and cut in 10 rounds (a floured, standard-sized coffee mug works well as a cutter).
Place rounds on baking sheet and bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown on top. Reduce heat slightly if over-browning.
Wonderful fresh from the oven or if reheated, split in half and toast.
Veggie Pizza Scone Recipe: Geraldine Hartman 2007. All rights reserved.