Posts Tagged 'People Magazine'

Sherlock Scones

Inspired by “Sherlock Holmes,” which we saw last night and enjoyed, I decided to make a British tea staple today — the scone. I used a recipe from People Magazine, which was excerpted from “Dining with Sherlock Holmes,” a book I really should buy.

The baking was a fun rainy day activity for me and my daughter (seriously, when will this rain in Atlanta stop?). But unfortunately, because I forgot to add sugar, the end result tasted less like scones, and more like cardboard.

The lack of sugar was not the only obstacle facing our scones. I question the Britishness of the recipe, since it calls for shortening. During my time living in the UK, I never came across shortening. In fact, my British mother in law, an ardent baker, had never heard of it. It was one of those products, like peanut butter and fat free salad dressing, that ex-pats had to bring over from the US.

I suppose the author of the scone recipe wanted a low-fat alternative to butter, but maybe they would taste a bit more authentic, if fattening, with the butter.

Or maybe the fact that I forgot the sugar — and, I should admit, the salt — accounted for the inauthentic taste.

Still, they looked scone-like. And the act of eating scones as rain seeped down outside felt very British indeed.

A Subscription Frenzy

I have just subscribed to enough magazines to fill the waiting rooms of several dentists.  Thanks to the lousy economy, I suppose, there are phenomenal deals  — $15 for TWO YEARS’ worth of Glamour!  $12 for two years of Parents; $15 a piece for a year of Vogue and Vanity Fair; 38 cents per issue for a year of Entertainment Weekly.img_2476

I threw in People and the Economist for good measure.

I didn’t subscribe to any magazines in London. It just didn’t seem to be the done thing.  I tried to get Vanity Fair, but it was often late, or just didn’t come at all. And the deal wasn’t nearly as good as the ones I’m getting here.  The special offers there seemed to include the odd free gift — say, a pair of flip flops, or a canvas blend bag — but not huge savings.  38 cents per issues?! Can you afford NOT to buy it?!

Of course, I’m not actually going to have time to read them all — or even any of them.  But that’s OK. The fun part has just been signing up.