Whatever Happened To Sunday Dinners? : Chow Baby, Divine Lemon Scones & an Award!

I am once again swooning but for the deliciousness of Ms. Joni’s “food courtesque” Chinese-style recipes! Be still my beating heart (and growling stomach) we have Chow Mein, or Mein Chow if you prefer, action happening here :

chow-mein

The most effortless and versatile vegan chow mein ever! Here we have carrots, onion, green beans, mushrooms, mung bean shoots…but baby corn, broccoli, and faux duck (aka seitan) would also be excellent choices. This was a perfect one-wok meal, and as always, I love you both Celine and Joni, as weekly meal planning is a no-brainer for me, and you all are going to love 500 Vegan Recipes! There are some fabulous photos at the 500 Vegan Recipes Cookbook Flickr group, too. But warning : don’t go on an empty stomach!

But let’s get onto the scones, shall we? As many of you know, since my little accident in November, my Sunday routine has been drastically altered. I loved Sunday mornings because they meant me sneaking out of the apartment before Guppy and Monsieur Fish were awake, greedily soaking up the warm smells of baking croissants and baguettes wafting from the boulangeries as I made my way through the streets of my still-sleeping French city… then on to the forest trails, where the morning mist was still hanging heavy, and save the occasional company of a fox, rabbit or (yikes!) wild boar, I was free to spend one and a half to two glorious hours of me time : the long run.

There was nothing like coming home after my long run, feeling both spent and refreshed at the same time (though not smelling so fresh, gotta admit!). After some stretching and showering, it was time for a decadent Sunday brunch with my little family. While I’m sad (and frustrated) to say my foot/ankle is still not letting me do much other than dream about running, I woke up Sunday morning with that basta! feeling we get when enough really is enough and damn it if I can’t go run at least I’m going to make a fun Sunday brunch treat!

And the Divine Lemon Scones were born. Out of necessity. Because I wanted something citrus, something sweetish (as opposed to Swedish, though, that would have been a good idea, too) and I have a sac of lemons that Monsieur Fish bought last week because they were 1E and he just knew I could use them for something.

divine-lemon-sconeI might have gotten a little carried away with the glaze on this one…what do you think?

These scones have a lovely lemon cakesque groove going on which is perfect for the lemon-lover in me. If, however, you are not as lemon crazy as I am, you may want to use less lemon juice or extract for the glaze, or just skip the glaze all together, though I would think you mad because it’s so good!

Divine Lemon Scones

Because I didn’t feel like washing a million cups, this is a metric measure recipe. Sorry Imperialists Imperial-measure folks. This makes about 12 scones.

  • 300 ml non-dairy milk (I use soy)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 350g AP flour plus 100g AP flour
  • 60g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • pinch salt (but not hard)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • zest from 3 lemons

Preheat your oven to about 200c.

Mix the vinegar and “milk” and set aside. Sift together the 350g flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Now add the oil, zest and curdled soy milk mixture. Stir until just combined, adding flour from the 100g as needed to achieve a powdery, not-even-a-little-bit-sticky dough.

At this point I usually divide the dough into two or three as it’s easier to work with. Knead a piece a few times and flatten it into a bit of a disc-shape. Now cut wedges, about six if you divided the dough in two, and get those babies on a parchment or silplat-lined baking sheet. Bake them for about 10-15 minutes (my oven is psycho, so sometimes it’s more like 10, sometimes 14ish).

While they are on the cooling rack, make your Divine Glaze:

  • about 180g powdered/icing sugar (give or take, depending on the consistency you like)
  • the juice of three lemons (you know, the ones you just scalped for the zest)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional, this really gets things lemony)

All you need to do is mix this up until the powdered sugar dissolves. When the scones are mostly-cool just drizzle this all over them. Setting them on parchment paper is a good idea to help with easy clean-up since this glaze could also double as tasty super glue I think. If these don’t float your sconey-boat, you could also try the Rose & Almond Scones I made for BBD last May – delicate rose flavoured almond scones – yum!

Speaking of lemons, look what I got!

lemonade-award2One of my favourite blogger buddies, Jumbleberry Jam, passed along the Lemonade Award which goes to bloggers who show great Attitude and/or Gratitude. My wise and witty Jumblefriend loves gourmet vegan food, wine, dark chocolate…wait a minute, I think that this describes the majority of my readers! Anyway, thank you so much for this much-appreciated distinction. While I’m to pass this on to 10 other bloggers, I am incapable of choosing because there are so many of you that I just LOVE, so consider yourself awarded if you meet at least one of the following criteria :

1. You can’t wait to read your favourite blogs, and are incapable of keeping up with your “Reader” which makes you crazy!

2. You feel a genuine connection to your favourite bloggers and refer to them as “friends you met on the Internet” when talking about them to non-blogging people (as opposed to just calling them “bloggers”).

3. You’re eternally grateful for the fabulous recipes and food ideas you find in blogland and have no idea how you’d plan your weekly meals without them.

There you go! Do let me know if you’ve been tagged!

30 thoughts on “Whatever Happened To Sunday Dinners? : Chow Baby, Divine Lemon Scones & an Award!

  1. Congratulations on the award!
    And thanks a lot for pointing out the flickr group! Now I’m obsessed!!! And jealous that you get to test out recipes =)

    Lovely scones, I’ve saved the recipe. I’ve been in such a lemony mood lately haha

  2. my friend, those scones sounds so completely wonderful. i’ll just have to spend a little time converting your measurements ;) also, i totally understand waking up with that enough is enough attitude…the same thing happened to me on sunday and i ended up practicing piano (one of my lost loves…) on a keyboard for over an hour the moment i woke up! weird how that feeling hits sometimes. i hope you get back to running soon, i know it’s really important to you.

    also, i think i’ve been tagged on all three of those counts with that award, haha…

  3. You can’t have too much glaze, Shellyfish! That lemon scone is making my mouth water!

    Sorry about your still-can’t-run-ness, but I’m glad to know that at least you’re back on Sunday brunches! Hope you’re leg is up and, um, running again soon.

    Love that line about “friends I met on the internet.” I’m always talking about my bloggy friends to my local Memphis friends, and they don’t really understand the connection I have with you guys. I think if we all somehow got together to hang, we’d be instant friends because we already kinda know each other.

  4. Congrats on the award, it’s well deserved!

    Those lemon scones sound really divine, thank you so much for the recipe. Baked goods flavoured with lemon is something I can never have too much of.

  5. Ariciao (that’s the roman dialect for ciao again ) Your focaccia sounds delicious why don’t you send to Lien for the Bread Baking Day # 17 (potatoes) ? I can’t wait to see it !!Super baci

  6. I’ve been thinking of you, Shelly, and wondering how the foot issue was going. blah.
    your scones are making mes papilles gustatives tingle with anticipation!

  7. your lemon scones are absolutely divine indeed, Shelly! i still can’t believe i’ve never had a scone before. i must make some soon! mmmmmmmmm!

    the chow mein looks so delicious! hooray for a tasty one-wok meal! gotta love that! i’d also like to say hooray on your award! that’s so awesome!

    i hope you’re back to running soon, Shelly! hang in there!

  8. Ok, I admit to hovering over my Reader ;-). I can’t wait to make those amazing scones! I have a lemon tree here with 7 huge lemons just starting to turn yellow (it takes them a year to do this inside!). I’ll make these with the first ripe one and join in you dreaming of a long Sunday morning run!

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