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İll and Depressed Again (and Lifesaving Breakfast Scones)

Mar 1, 2011

March 1, 2011 (Bu yazıyı Türkçe okuyun)

Breakfast Scones Spread scones with orange-ginger and raspberry-pomegranate jam. Just a thought... 

As an eternal optimist, when I heard that the flu wave came back, I thought I had nothing to worry about since I already had my share for this winter and I'd be immune to this one. Wrong. As in my previous flu case, the usual suspect is the little daughter of a good friend of mine who goes to kindergarten and effectively carries germs from school to home and back, then to me, their most frequent visitor, thanks to Guitar Hero. But interestingly, the antibiotics that were supposed to cure me were more devastating to my body and my mind to that end, than the flu itself. I literally entered into a stage of complete depression and self-pity where everything around me seemed useless and pointless. My thoughts were so derailed, now I see, to the extent that even my otherwise precious blog started seeming like a waste of time. The idea of shutting it down altogether crossed my mind along other unusual thoughts, at one of my psychedelic nights of high-fever and nausea.

While people who use the same antibiotics recovered quickly, I began to suspect something may not be right. While reading its prospectus, one of my favourite things, I discovered that depression and "abnormal ideas and thoughts" have been reportedly experienced by some people who used it. Oh my! That all makes sense now.

As soon as the 7 days cure ended and my body became free of any antibiotics I came back to my senses. That means, my little blog which beautifies my life for the last 11 months, started to seem all precious and meaningful again. I updated the look of my blog, added some new buttons and I will soon be preparing a proper about me page since that picture started to look old fashioned already. But updating the look is never suffice as long as I don't do anything about the content, I know. The weather during the last 2 weeks have been a blend reflection of my mood. No sunny days whatsoever. Taking pictures get quiet tough when there is such low light, but enough of excuses. I tried my best for nice shots and thought it'd be convenient to write about these scones that saved me from starving throughout my sick days of no appetite. In the mornings, easy-to-make and freshly out of the oven scones with just jam and tea brightened up my mood a lot. And here they are, the flu-friendly breakfast scones.

 Breakfast Scones The little street cat "Tavşancık" (Bunny)  often sneaks inside for inspection and peeks at me and my preps from under the table.

Plain Breakfast Scones

makes 14 scones

Recipe: Fortnum and Mason Tea Recipe Book

- 85 gr butter, chilled and cubed

- 250 gr whole wheat flour, sifted

- 1 medium egg

- 150 ml butter milk (or 3 tablespoons plain yogurt+3 tablespoons milk)

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- milk for brushing

- sesame seeds for decoration

1) Preheat the oven to 225C/425F. Cover the baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2) In a large bowl rub the butter to flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the baking powder.

3) In a separate bowl beat together the buttermilk (or milk and yogurt) and egg.

4) Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and stir in the buttermilk and egg with a fork. Lightly knead the dough with your hand.

5) Pick small pieces in the size of walnuts and roll them into balls. Brush them with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden. They can be stored for up to a day in an airtight container.   

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