Saturday, December 11, 2010


When I was little, I remember birthdays being a bit emotionally complicated.  There was expectation, and sugar, and all sorts of other things thrown in.  A birthday wasn't complete without tears.

Things are different now.  Now there is coffee, and it always comes in bed, and there are cards that say, "I love you MOM!" and other people cook for me--and do the dishes too.  I love being a grownup.

This is the thing.  Every year is better than the last.  Every year. 

Joey took these pictures.  I haven't actually gotten out of bed yet--But I have eaten two scones with butter and blackberry jam, and a big cup of coffee.  There are crumbs in my sheets. 

I see no reason to keep the day for myself.  Why don't you take a piece too?  And I think to celebrate, you should have scones in bed.  And coffee.  Slip your special someone this recipe...and they'll be out in a jiff.

from Amy Cotler, The Secret Garden Cookbook

2 cups flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tablspoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup milk

for the glaze:
2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a mixing bowl.  Mix the butter in with your hands, until it is rubbed into the flour.  Add the milk and mix gently with your hands until it is just starting to come together.  Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead just a few times until it holds together in a ball. Pat the dough into a disc about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut into 12 wedges, and transfer to an ungreased baking sheet.  Brush the tops with milk-- then sprinkle with sugar.

Bake until just starting to brown, 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.


  1. hey sag sista...just had my bd and had froice for breakfast, a welsh family tradition. i can send recipe but basically it is a crepe with currants drizzled onto it. flip over. remove and butter, drizzle sugar over it and if you want roll with or without a piece of crisp bacon in the middle. i like the crepes fairly thin and i slightly brown here and there. many happy returns of the day and kisses and big hugs and delight for you. i am so glad you were born. and while i have tried to consider mastery all week all i can think is that i love how you do things no matter how you wield the blade. i think the learning is the secret not the perfection. i think this next year will be wonderful.

  2. ps tell joey i thought of him this morning watching road food show... the voodoo donut shop in portland was a kick. they should be down here in new awlins.

  3. Happy birthday to you nancy! Do you think it's okay if I have froice when it's not my birthday? Don't know if I can wait a whole year to try it....

  4. Happy Birthday! Scones in bed sound like a perfect treat. Jealous.

  5. Happy Birthday Nancy! I'm happy you're having a good one!