Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sweet Cherry Scones

I've been kind of, in reality, totally obsessed with scones at the moment. I guess I actually can't even say 'at the moment' because I've been obsessed ever since I tried the most monumentally, mind-blowing scones ever at the Diamond Head Market & Grille in Oahu, Hawaii. I was never one to love scones. They have a bad reputation of being dry and chalky... but ever since I met the 'one' I can't get the idea of delicious scones out of my damn mind!
I've come to realization with the fact that I will never be able to duplicate the glorious scones that come from the Diamond Head Market & Grille and that's okay by me. I guess I'll just have to visit more often ;)

Anyway, despite failures to replicate their famous Blueberry-Cream Cheese scones, I now know that scones can be very loveable. They don't have to be dry, bland or chalky. These scones are easy, delicious and moist beyond belief. Seriously, I had a craving for scones and whipped these up in less than an hour with not a drop of sweat or a wave of stress. The best part is that you can toss anything you want into them - I happened to have some fresh cherries on hand so that's what I threw in and it was delicious.

I imagine any fresh fruit would be perfect, possibly some dark chocolate? Lemon zest? Cream cheese? The possibilities are really endless!

Sweet Cherry Scones
Yields: about 10 drop scones
Adapted from here.

8 tbsn. unsalted butter, cut into cubes and frozen
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Fold in the frozen cubed butter and use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, but do this fast so that the butter does not melt. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the sour cream and milk together to combine then add to the butter mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Use a large ice cream scoop to drop the dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

Tailored Tuesday & Travel

1. Theyskens' Theory 'Kudi cashmere and silk blend sweater'
looks uber comfy and soft!

2. T by Alexander Wang 'Silk crepe de chine blouse'
anything a. wang makes is a winner in my book

3. Iro Yulli 'Sequined jacket'
sequined but subtle.

4. Diane von Furstenberg 'Georgine cuff cropped basketweave pants'
ah mustard yellow, my love.

5. Christian Louboutin 'Panier 120 espadrille wedge sandals'
quite possibly the most beautiful espadrilles i've ever seen and killer!

6. Marni 'Stud trimmed leather shoulder bag'
this looks like i could fit my whole life into it

7. Cutler and Gross 'Oval frame acetate sunglasses'
vintage-y and chic

8. Yves Saint Laurent 'Arty gold plated glass ring'
arty is right! a fine piece of work all for your finger

9. Rollasole 'Emergency rollable ballet flats'
i wish i was a wear-heels-all-day-and-be-dandy kind of girl, but i'm not, so these are quite helpful

10. Raindrops 'Merde il pleut black umbrella'
translates to: "shit it's raining" - how awesome is that?

11. Gentsupply 'The Indiana leather adventure duffel'
adventure duffel is right! this looks like it's ready for anything

12. Old Faithful 'Shop day planner'
i love making plans, whether i follow them or not...

13. Essie 'Nail polish in mango bango'
the perfect coral

14. Canon 'EOS mark II full-frame digital SLR camera'
someday you will be mine.... someday...

ummm can i have my future wedding photo shoot here?!

what i would give to stoll through this little piece of eye-gasm

i'm a sucker for fast-moving city lights

still my favorite US city to date, but then again I haven't explored many...

i could possibly revel in the details of this beauty for hours!

these cliffs are beyond breath taking!

such an amazing city, i'd love to visit it again

i gotta go see this before it sinks (though i hope it never does)!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Roasted Garlic Hummus

If I were to have a relationship with any food on the planet, it would be garlic. It is my one and true love, and I've known it to be ever since I could remember. I've always loved it - love at first taste if you will. When I was younger (say adolescent, mid-teenish), I used to just simply fry up smashed garlic in some salt and pepper and eat it. Alone. I know, I'm weird, but that's how much I love the stuff.
When a recipe calls for 1 clove of garlic, I scoff, and triple (possibly quadruple) the amount. I've been working my way along making mezze appetizers (see here), since I can't get enough of the stuff and what better than to combine two of my obsessions: garlic and mezze. Together, their love child is the simply irresistible roasted garlic hummus.
I have a hummus recipe I adore that's simple, easy to whip up and delicious. I just tweeked it a bit by adding loads of roasted garlic and I was in heaven. With warm pita bread or in a sandwich, it is purely awesome! Plus, it's healthy and lasts for weeks!
Roasted Garlic Hummus
Yields: approximately 2 1/2 cups
adapted from Zov's Recipes and Memories from the Heart 

2 heads garlic + 2 garlic cloves
2 cups of canned garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of tahini paste
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup olive oil + extra for drizzling over garlic heads

Preheat the oven to 400 F. To roast the garlic, peel off the outer layer of the garlic bulb, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a sharp knife, cut off 1/4" of the tops of the garlic bulbs, exposing the individual cloves inside. Place the heads in a large piece of foil, then drizzle with about 1 tbsn. of olive oil. Fold and roast for 30 - 45 minutes or until the cloves are soft. Allow the garlic to cool until you can handle it. Once cool, use either a fork to fish out the garlic cloves or you can squeeze them out of their skins; set aside. Mince the fresh garlic in a food processor. Add the garbanzo beans, lemon juice and roasted garlic, blend until creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Blend in the tahini, cumin, and salt. With the machine running, stream in the olive oil and blend until creamy and combined. Add in the jalapenos and cilantro, blend until well minced and combined. Serve and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tailored Tuesday & Travel

1. 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Belted satin peplum top'
so freaking chic!

2. Chloe 'Marcie large leather tote'
my dream is to own a chloe bag someday... crosses fingers!

3. Burberry 'Metallic leather ipad case'
because gold goes with everything!

4. Carven 'Pleated front cotton blend skirt'
cute and comfortable

5. Chloe 'Mirrored heel leather sandals'
seriously i love these - they're the most chic sandals i've ever seen.

6. Benefit 'Boi-ing concealer'
i love this concealer - it covers dark circles like magic

7. Orla Keily 'Luggage'
because even luggage needs some love

8. Karen Walker 'Helter skleter sunnies'
vintage-y cute

9. Nars 'Nail polish in rouge andalou'
the perfect polish to match any occasion

10. Panasonic 'RP-HTX7-W1 old school monitor headphones'
music is the best company

11. Uncommon Goods 'Bottlecap tripod'
traveling in alone or in a twosome makes it hard for picture-taking, this solves the problem perfectly

12. Ileana Makri 'Safety pin 18-karat rose gold diamond'
some serious bling

13. Apple 'iPad'
i think the best travel accessory: for boredom in airports, trains, hotels, etc.

the green is so striking!

supposedly there are gorgeous private coves you can have all to yourself here - sounds like love.

every time i see a fjord, i can't stop staring at how beautiful they are, seriously.

i can have an 'eat, pray, love' moment all to myself.

my heart will always belong to chile after studying abroad there. must see patagonia soon.

to see something this striking, so unmoved by time would be amazing.

um who lives there? and can we become best friends?

this has been my dream ever since i can remember.

beautiful architecture + ocean + cliffs. what more could i want?

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Avicii + Mixtape

I haven't done a music post in ages it seems like. I had my finals this week... grrr, but on the bright side, I AM DONE and this weekend I'm heading eastward and upwards to Vegas to see one of the greatest House producers of all time... well I think so anyway. I'm talking about Avicii aka Tim Berg aka Tom Hangs aka Tim Bergling (his actual, real name), the 21 year old who reins from Sweden and has continued to drop insane tracks like rain comes out of the sky.

I don't know how he does it, but its pure eargasm every damn time. He's seriously the best thing to come out of Sweden since Ikea... and I f*cking love Ikea! I don't think a lot of my readers listen to house, but I urge you to give Avicii a listen. He self-describes his music as "big-room, melodic house." I think his emphasis on melodies really gives his music soul and really, just makes you want to dance, whether you're listening in your car or in a dark nightclub. Here are some of my favorites:

Avicii Man Man 
Avicii Swede Dreams

Avicii "ID" aka Levels

Tim Berg Before This Night is Through (Bad Things)

Avicii & Sebastian Drums My Feelings For You
Armin Van Buren Ft. Laura V Drowning (Avicii's Unnamed Mix)

Tom Hangs Ft. Shermanology Blessed (Avicii Edit)

Other songs I'm obsessed with (links are to where you can download the song):

Craft Spells . Party Talk
Sebastian Tellier . La Ritournelle (Mr. Dan's Mix)
Body Language . You Can
The Dodos . Walking
Summer Heart . Please Stay
Sonny & The Sunsets . Too Young to Burn
Calvin Harris Ft. Kelis . Bounce
Dirty South Ft. Rudy . Phazing
Familjen . Det Var Jag
Jai Paul . BTSTU
Nancy Sinatra . Sugar Town
Tyga Ft. Adele . Reminded 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tailored Tuesday & Travel

1. Theory 'Virny linen-blend blazer'
i love jackets. i love this jacket.

2. Chinti and Parker 'Cotton voile tank'
basics are necessary.

3. Rag & Bone 'Mid-rise stretch denim skinny jeans'
this color would probably look wretched on me but i love them nonetheless.

4. Chloe 'Vivian leather tote'
looks like it holds a lot - which i neeeed

5. Eugenia Kim 'Gabriella gold-feather trimmed fedora'
a fedora with a bit of bling

6. Dior 'Miss dior cherie perfume'
smelling good is a priority for me. some people just don't have this priority which astounds me!

7. Stella McCartney 'Mesh and canvas wooden espadrilles'
ummm WOW.

8. Sally Hansen 'Salon effects nail strips in leopard'
lasts for 12 days?! amazing and chic.

9. J. Crew 'Leather luggage'
gorgeous, except i'm guessing it's gonna get dirty pretty easily.

10. Forever 21 'Chainmail coin purse'
to match with the gold fedora of course! details matter people.

11. Kat Von D 'Tattoo eyeliner in black'
makes the perfect winged liner easy!

12. Covergirl 'Outlast lipstain'
i love this stuff.

13. Mr. & Mrs. 'Miniemergency kit'
this is too cute, it has everything you could ever need and then some!

i imagine the walk home is always a pleasure

south africa, i can't wait to meet you one day.

i'm a sucker for cobblestones - good thing i don't wear heels that often!

the colorful umbrellas alone make me happy!

still the happiest place on earth - i miss having an annual pass :(

there's nothing more lovely than a landscape like this

possibly some dirty dancing as well?

pack a lunch, a book and a friend and spend the day.

i'm in awe of you, montana.

gosh, the peacefulness here must be astounding.

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