So, as I mentioned, we were expecting G’s kids for supper on Friday evening. On Friday they contated G to say that supper would be too late for their kids so they’d come for lunch instead on Saturday. What is it with them that they think they can just dictate when they will come? I suspect it’s all tied up with the fact he left them when they were relatively young; and they think they have rights over him, and that he owes them in some way. And from the other side, he does feel guilty and wants to develop a better relationship with them. Ah well. I prefer entertaining over lunch anyway, espeically when bairns are involved.
Anyway, I made a typical Wolffe-lunch with soup for starters, and then followed by a table groaning with tasty salady things: the beetroot and goats cheese tart, beetroot and blood orange salad, egg mayonnaise with capers, spicy prawn marie rose, green salad, teeny tomatoes.. and a cheese board with plumbrillo and quince jelly. All deliciously tasty, although perhaps we needed another carbohydrate with the main dishes.
Anyway, as a result of the cancellation, we had a large pot of potatoes, peeled and ready to boil. I boiled them up yesterday and we had some of them mashed with some brown stew and champed neeps and carrots. The remainder were destined for tattie scones.
500g mashed potatoes
125g plain flour
2 TBsp olive oil
- Sift the mashed potatoes, or put them through a ricer. If you’re working with freshly mashed potatoes, you probably won’t need to do this.
- If the potatoes are leftovers, and cold, then chuck them in a microwave for about a minute to warm them up again – this will make them much easier to work with
- Add the flour and olive oil into the bowl and bring together – start with a spoon, but then work with your hands. It should create a slightly sticky soft and pliable dough.
- Take a chunk of the dough and roll it out to slightly less than 5mm thick, in a big circle. Cut the circle into quarters, and prick the quarters all over.
- Pop the 4 quarters into a dry non-stick fry pan over a medium heat and cook on either side till they have the distinctive brown blotches all over them. You’ll need a fish slice at this stage, or it will end in tears.
- Place on a wire rack to cool.
- Repeat the rolling, cutting, pricking, cooking process with all the mixture.
This is a slightly time consuming recipe, once it gets to the rolling and cooking stage. Apart from that it is easiness itself. And so satisfying to make your own tattie scones.
This made 4 (or was it 5?) rounds of tattie scones – plenty for tea for you and half a dozen guests. If you have biscuits too. I never did put up that lemon kisses recipe did I?
I’m half way through making a scumptious other thing now – with yeast. I can’t say any more about it as it’s this months daring kitchen challenge, and I can’t reveal it till the end of the month. It’s looking good so far though.
And this evening I’m planning on making my first Jamie Oliver 30 minute meal – a salmon dish. I’m omitting the pudding, so it surely has to be possible? We’ll see.