© 2010 Lynsey

337 – Scones

When I first got my hands on a video camera I filmed Mum making scones. My first documentary. Using a clumsy huge camera, no lights, and a still camera tripod the results were unspectacular but we were both pretty excited about the idea – and we tried again and again each time getting better. More powerful light bulbs. Using peach coloured bedsheets hanging off cupboards to reflect light and to help mop up the echo-y sounds from the hard painted surfaces. Eventually we both got tired of me trying to make a cooking show in Mum’s kitchen. It took me longer to set up, and clean up afterwards, than it did to shoot the show. I used to get so frustrated at the hardware limitations. I discovered that making a cooking show with a crew of one is surprisingly difficult.

I really wanted this to work. Have you ever tried hard to do something that was doomed from the outset? My documentary videos never saw the light of day – no youtube in those days – however, I have become something of a dab hand at turning out scones. I think my scones are damn fine – I almost would never have one that I didn’t make myself because – well, I like mine the best. Also, as soon as they’re cold? They’re stale. They should be warm enough to melt the butter, light and fluffy, and be served with jelly. I can cope with date scones, beyond that you’re in another territory. It’s not that cheese or pumpkin or other savory combinations aren’t tasty, it’s that they’re not really scones to me. They’re something as yet unnamed.

Scones are sweet. Hot, butter melt-y jelly sticky hot. Floury. Served with coffee. Classic. Accept no substitutes!

28. Every day you will be tested.
30. Every day use all your senses. Touch. Smell. Taste. Hear. See.
43. Every day accept you will make mistakes. Learn from them. They are opportunities in disguise.