When I look at the picture of these scones all I can see is the burned bits.
The reason for the burned parts is that the seal on the oven in my flat is completely broken, and the oven runs about 80°C hotter than indicated. I don’t have any hopes for it getting fixed anytime soon, because our roof is also leaking, and you have to slam the back door multiple times in order to get it to stay shut. Our landlords don’t care that when in rains my flatmate’s bed gets wet, so I can’t see them bothering about our oven, which is still technically functional.
But these complaints are nothing to the thousands of New Zealanders who are sleeping in overcrowded accommodations, families living in garages and in cars, catching as much sleep as they can on the streets and under bridges. Last week I went to a forum on housing – members from 4 different political parties showed up to hear stories from people struggling with housing insecurity and leaky homes (watch here). A baby who has been sick her whole life because of damp, cold housing, vulnerable people stuck on Housing New Zealand waiting lists for years, people young and old sleeping rough because they are out of options – can you imagine trying to support yourself, find a job, feel hopeful about your life, when you don’t have anywhere to sleep, or eat, or shower?
I’m not going to tell you who to vote for; you can decide that for yourselves. But what I can tell you is that I am voting on this issue, and I want to urge you to exercise your right to vote. We live in a country where we are lucky enough to have the right to vote, and although it may seem small, we are not powerless.
We have the power to do small things to make changes in our world. We don’t have to sit back and watch our fellow New Zealanders struggle and suffer. This is a tiny way that we can step in and make our voices heard. Yes, there is so much more that we could and should be doing. But don’t be paralysed by your perceived powerlessness – exercise your right to vote.
Back to the scones: now that I'm walking to and from work I find I'm getting pretty hungry around morning tea time. I've been mixing up the usual bliss balls, carrots and mandarins with these scones. They're a beautiful winter treat, and they're so so good with my 10am coffee.
Cinnamon and Pecan Scones
2 cups gluten free baking mix
½ cup almond meal
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup Olivani/vegan butter
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cardamom
¼ cup pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup almond milk
½ cup walnuts and pecans, finely chopped
2 tbsp Olivani/vegan butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Combine all dry ingredients for the scones in a bowl. Add the Olivani/vegan butter and rub this in with your fingers until you have a crumb-like mixture. Add the milk and mix together until the mixture becomes one ball of dough.
To make the filling, half-melt the Olivani/vegan butter and sugar together. Add the cinnamon and nuts.
Take a baking tray and place a piece of baking paper over it. Press your scone dough out into a rectangle on the tray until it’s about 2-2.5cm thick. Spread your filling over the dough and then gently fold it in half length-ways. This will be a bit messy -don’t worry about it. Cut the dough into rough triangles and spread them out on your tray.
Place on the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, until browned and fluffy.