Most people don't believe that Amanda and I are sisters right away, because at first glance, we're 100% his and hers. It's obvious from the get-go that I'm my father's child. We both have the same dark skin tone and hair (well, his is a little more silver these days), the same same brown eyes, and the same weird, goofy personality. Amanda looks exactly like my mom. I mean, sometimes I do a double take. They're both fair skinned with blonde hair, and are both insanely competitive. His and hers. If you dig a little deeper though, you can start to see my dad shine through in Amanda, and my mom in me.
My love of reading comes straight from Mel. John and Amanda never did understand how my mom and I could spend hours and hours doing nothing but reading. I mean, canceling plans on a Friday night to stay in with a good book. I got that from my mom. And Dirty Dancing. No other mother-daughter pair in the history of mother-daughter pairs has watched Dirty Dancing as many times as we have. We know it word for word, people. We're hopeless romantics, through and through. My mom also shared with me her love and compassion for animals, and her tendency to get emotional and sentimental. And, most importantly for all of you, she shared her creativity in the kitchen and passion for feeding people. No one has ever left my mom's kitchen hungry, that's a fact.
Happy Mother's day to the gal who brought me into this world (and as she likes to remind me, can take me out of it). I love you Mom!
Earl Grey Biscuits
These may look like scones, but are more like a biscuit. Serve with tangy Meyer lemon curd!
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
6 Earl Grey tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose Earl Grey - ground with a mortar and pestle
1 to 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat the oven to 425.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and tea. Combine the vanilla and cream, and slowly add to the flour mixture, stirring until the ingredients are combined and the dough holds together. Add more cream as needed. Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 1 minute. Pat it into 1/2-inch thick round and cut into 8 triangles.
Place the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet and brush the tops with melted butter. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Serve warm with meyer lemon curd.