Ginger, Lemon & Blueberry Scones


A personal favourite of mine from Flour (Joanne Chang's bakery)....the lemon ginger scones. I am a scone fanatic anyways, so I make it my personal mission to sample all varieties from around town. No seriously, I can't pass a scone without buying it and sampling.

Needless to say, Ms. Chang's scones are tops. I usually stock up when I am downtown and freeze some for future consumption. I am a secret scone hoarder. I decided to do the same with a home baked batch, cook some up, and freeze a few to enjoy later on.

I adapted the recipe below, from the invaluable Flour cookbook. Note, liberal use of blueberries as my main addition!

Went for a round shape this batch, though I typically cut the scones into the triangle shape. Another option, make them a bit more free form and plop them onto the sheet with a spoon- I love the rustic, imperfect look. All options are equally tasty, MPCC baked, tested and approved!

If you want an extra treat serve them up with some clotted cream and jam. Seriously indulgent and seriously delicious.


2 3/4 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch salt

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger

2 tablespoons lemon zest

1 3/4 stick butter cold butter cut into medium cubes

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 eggs

1 cup blueberries

Granulated muscovado sugar for topping (I ran out and used regular granulated sugar, though muscovado is a great splurge!)



Heat oven to 350 degrees. Using mixer, blend flour, baking powder, soda, ground ginger, salt, sugar, ginger, and lemon zest on low until combined. Scatter butter in and mix for 30 seconds, until butter is in small grape size pieces. Add blueberries.

In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, cream, and egg. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients on low speed until just combined. It's OK if loose flour is still on the bottom.

Gather dough from mixer and mold in hands (on a floured surface) until it starts to come together (add in any loose flour). Using a floured roller, roll out about 1 inch thick. Cut out circles with either a cookie cutter, or top of a cup! Re-roll any scraps to make more- end result about 10.

Place on a baking sheet 2-3 inches apart. Brush with a whisked egg and sprinkle with large granules of muscovado sugar.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until just golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. And serve!

If you are interested in some devonshire cream, it's much easier to make than you probably thought.

I followed this devonshire cream recipe.



Color Your: Sandals & Bag with Erotokritos

Erotokritos: Greek Cypriot living in Paris, churning out fabulous mens and womens collections and accessories, season after season.....I posted about their Fall 2011 collection (with an interview here) and styled a girly skull top (here, total outfit blast from the past!!). 


Husband and I stopped into the Marais shop this April. I was delighted to find the designer on hand and eager to assist. I was dissuaded by the Mr. from buying a bag this trip, but I easily caved to him, once I found out they sell them online and you can custom order your size and color (color your bag; 3 different sizes and twelve different colors to choose from). 


In addition to custom crafting your own tote, they have a color your sandals option. I ordered a pair of these after our 2011 trip and have been happily wearing them ever since (in an outfit flashback here!). The Greeks know sandals. You will not be disappointed. 


And finally, what I have been waiting for weeks to hear...that they have rolled our a third custom option, to color your own ermis sandals. Fifteen glorious color options for these winged beauties. Very similar to a certain winged sandal I have been coveting from Ancient Greek Sandals. Oh, and the Erotokritos pair ring in at less than half the price* of aforementioned brand, with free shipping! Done and done.


*Remember to convert to Euros! 


Dressing the Bump: 32-33 Weeks Pregnant. In a Heatwave.

Above: PJK Hanelai dress, purchased via TJ Maxx (sold out, similar cut, in white, here), Zara fringed bowling bag (on sale!), J Crew Capri sandals, Forever 21 earrings, Ray Ban aviators


So, last week's heat wave was rather unpleasant. Exceedingly so if you are pushing 8 months I just so happen to be. Ugh.

I have been trying to stay cool,  wearing lots of flowy maxi's, and trying to hold out hope for rain and a cool down- which dare to believe, looks possible. The looks of pity I garner while waddling out and about in 99 degrees....not very pretty.

This PJK, Patterson J Kincaid, maxi has been worn out and about many times this pregnancy, just hasn't appeared here on the blog yet! I wore it most recently to a fall fashion preview at Neiman Marcus, hosted by the always lovely Elisha Daniels and effervescent Dave Chen. The irony was not lost on me that it was 99 degrees outside while I checked out fall gear inside.

I have many things on my wish list now (husband shudders), but highest up there, ranks these Charlotte Olympia smoking slippers- available in your own zodiac symbol. Along with these saucy lace panel DVF leggings. Last but certainly not least, this beautiful deep burgundy Saint Laurent Sac de Jour large carry all (all shades of purples and burgundies being huge this upcoming season!). Elisha assured me that all the chic women in Paris are now toting a Saint Laurent bag....though I'll try and hunt one down at TJ Maxx, where I spied one in pink a few weeks ago!

Anything on your fall list already?!