Today (January 1st) is my birthday. I’ll spend the rest of this day with beloved family and friends, smiling through their dull headaches. My birthday (like all of you with Christmas birthdays or July 4th birthdays) gets generally forgotten. It’s a New Years Day party, a brunch this year.
So this year, I rose early, and made myself a present in the kitchen: Freshly ground coffee, prepared in a French press, and Cream Teas. Finding clotted cream isn’t easy in the States but we found a jar of it in Wegmans grocery. Next problem is finding a decent scone. I made these this morning.
A decent scone (properly rhymes with “gone”) is 50% ingredients and 50% technique and mine was lacking this morning. Still, a poorly made home made scone is still far superior to a factory made scone (sound familiar?).
For me this is just one more reminder of the importance of preserving craft through mastery. It also reminds me that making stuff is a life style choice. One year older, I’m still learning about who I am. This slightly over dense scone reminds me that I am like you: a person who makes stuff. Happy New Year. I’m happy to count myself among you.