I know, I know. I said I was going to get better at giving myself time to write but it’s been a month. Life got crazy busy, between me studying and also planning a baby shower for my friend. But no more excuses! I enjoy writing so I need to give myself more time to do the things I enjoy. I know that winter is technically over already, but let’s be honest. It still feels like winter in Winnipeg and probably will for a while. While you’re waiting for the weather to warm up, why not try a new recipe.
Recently I became interested in baking my own scones. It went really well the first time so I’ve just continued to collect scone recipes from Pinterest and test them out. The first one I made was a toffee and chocolate scone and the second was a jalapeno and cheddar scone. The one I’m going to be talking about today is the last one I tried making, savoury ricotta scones.
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
3/4 tablespoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons of chilled unsalted butter (cut into tiny cubes)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 cup ricotta cheese
2/3 cup of milk (I used 2%)
1 egg beaten with a teaspoon of water (for egg wash)
black pepper and paprika for topping
Heat oven to 425 F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Add the butter. The recipe suggested using a pastry blender but I don’t own one of those yet so I used 2 knives instead and just chopped around until the mixture was coarse. The knives worked just fine!
Stir in green onions and ricotta cheese.
Add milk and stir until a shaggy dough forms.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead gently into a ball.
Once all combined, pat down ball into a 1 inch thick circle and cut in 8 triangles.
Carefully transfer triangles onto ungreased cookie sheet, making sure you leave a bit of space between each one.
Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with black pepper and paprika. (I almost forgot this very important step!)
Bake 15-20 minutes or until scones are golden brown and puffy.
Remove from oven. Let cool 5 minutes before serving. (This is the hardest part for me as I just want to eat them right away.)
I almost forgot to put the egg wash and toppings on!
Scones are a lot easier to make than I thought they would be and there is so many variations you can do. Pretty much anything can be added to a scone, both sweet or savoury. I think the next one I want to try is a salted caramel and apple scone. If you try this recipe or have other scone recipes that you think I should try, leave me a comment and let me know!
Living in the city can be very exhausting, both mentally and physically. It always feels like everyone is in a rush to get somewhere. I am very much a small town girl so my next suggestion for the winter is to leave the city and enjoy the great outdoors. I did this by learning how to ski and going on a ski trip.When you think Winnipeg and Manitoba, you picture the boring, flat prairies. And although Manitoba is flat for the most part, there is some valleys and hills that make for a change of scenery and a great start if you’re a beginner at skiing like me.
Learning the Basics at Springhill:
I had been skiing twice before this year and the most recent time was 6 years ago. From my memory of skiing, it didn’t go too well. I remember having 1 instructor trying to teach 20 plus of us the basic. I lasted about 2 or 3 tries down the bunny hill both times and then ditched skiing to go hang out with my friends inside for the rest of the day. This time though, I was determined and motivated to learn. I booked a one on one lesson at Springhill which is in Oakbank, right outside the perimeter. It really isn’t much of a ski hill, with just one ski lift and 3 slopes but it was perfect for me to learn how to go down the hill and not die (which was my ultimate goal). I went on a Sunday and it wasn’t too busy. My instructor was very friendly and patient with me, even when it took me a couple of minutes to grab onto the tug rope because I argued that it was moving way too fast (it really wasn’t). For the whole day at Springhill I paid $59 which included the 1 hour ski lesson, lift pass and ski rentals. It was extremely cold on the day that we went, so we didn’t stay too much longer after my lesson. I made it through the lesson without falling down so I was feeling pretty confident and ready to take on Asessippi the next weekend. If only I had known how many times I was about to fall down on day 1 of Asessippi.
Asessippi ; Day One :
We stayed in a hotel in Russell, which is about 15 minutes outside of Asessippi. We arrived on Sunday evening and just spent the evening relaxing, preparing ourselves for our first day at the slopes. On Monday we headed there around 9:30am which is when the lifts open. It took us about an hour of waiting in line ups until we finally had all our equipment on and ready to go. There is one line up to pay, another line up for rentals and then another line up to get fitted for boots and skis. We all started off together doing the 2 of the easy trails. One of the easy trails however, was not so easy at the bottom. It got much steeper and I fell down every time I tried to do it. I tried doing the “pizza” technique to slow myself down but even that didn’t work and I ended up on my behind once again. I was getting more frustrated than I’d like to admit and was close to giving up within my first hour there. I was wearing my prescription glasses under my goggles, and my glasses were fogging up. I made the decision to ski with just my goggles on because I couldn’t see anything with my glasses fogging up. As long as I aimed for the white and avoided any other blobs of colors, I was fine. After that, I started to feel a lot better about skiing and enjoyed myself. Me and Julianne stayed together on the easy trails and let Pascal and Cole some of the harder ones, including some black diamonds. We stayed on the slopes until sometime around 3pm when we decided to head back to hotel and get some rest for the next day.
Asessippi ; Day Two
On Tuesday we avoided the line ups by paying for our ski rentals and lift passes the day before and just taking all our equipment back to the hotel with us Monday night. Highly recommend this if you are going to be renting for more than one day as it’ll save you a ton of time. We hit the slopes around 10am and Julianne and I stayed on the easy trails again but this time feeling a lot more confident than the day before. I did a couple different trails including one called “the plunge”. “The plunge” starts off really steep but you only go fast for about 5-10 seconds before slowing down on the flat part of the trail. It was really fun to experience and get used to the feeling of going faster. I downloaded a ski trekking app for Tuesday just for fun to see how fast I could go and how far we skied. My max speed was 31 km/hr and we skied a total of 10 km (2 1/2 hours). The best skier in our group went 69km/hr so I still have a long ways to go.
I don’t think I’ll ever be a black diamond skier but I’m willing to keep going back and learning. Who knows, maybe next winter I’ll end up in Banff. One thing that they don’t supply with the ski rentals is goggles so I recommend purchasing some before going or burrowing some from a friend like I did. They not only help with snow glare but help keep your face warm as well. You can also purchase anti-fogging ones, like these, which I would highly recommend as I found out skiing with fogged up glasses is not a fun time! Let me know in the comment section your skiing stories, your favorite ski hill and if you prefer skiing or snowboarding!