Do you know what panic-stress looks like? It looks like checking in for your flight, 20 hours before you fly to another country, and putting in your passport information, only to realize that your passport expired one month ago!!!
Wait, what?! No, that can’t be right – I’m super organized!
I quickly googled how fast you could get a passport reissued (by the end of the following business day), then started filling in a renewal form, all while talking to Jonty on the phone, getting him to talk me down from my panic-stress ledge. I may also have run into our lunch room, frantically asking my colleagues for their personal details in order to put them on the passport application form, as a “yes, I know this person”.
I also had to get another passport photo taken. After the guy snapped my picture, he said “Should be ready in 10 to 15 minutes”. I countered with “Umm, my passport expired last month… And I’m supposed to fly out tomorrow… And I need to get down to the passport office… AND…!” The photos were ready 2 minutes later. Thank you, wonderful man from London Drugs. 🙂
So that lovely, dewy glow from the sweat of panic I’m sporting on my passport photo will be there for the next 10 years as a reminder of the day!
At the passport office, the guy I dealt with was so patient, and so accommodating. I also may have told him that I would bake him cookies as a thank-you (panic-stress causes you to say weird things), and he gave me a crooked, but kind, smile.
At 8 am this morning, 15 hours after my panic-stress started, my new passport was handed to me – phew! After phoning Jonty to tell him the good news, I immediately put a reminder in my calendar, for 10 years (minus a few months), to get my darned passport renewed!
Do you know what would be a good cure for panic-stress? A cup of coffee and these Orange-Pecan scones. The recipe makes two good-sized scones, and they go perfectly with a great cup of coffee and a friend. Actually, if these are required to relieve you of your panic-stress, feel free to eat both for yourself. I won’t tell 🙂
These scones are a great way to use up any of the wonderful winter citrus you may have lying around your kitchen. If nuts are not your thing, just leave them out, or add raisins or chocolate. The dough is really easy to mix up, and they bake in about 10 minutes. By the time your coffee has brewed, your warm scones will be ready to eat!
Panic-stress or not, these will be a great mid-morning treat 🙂
- Serves: 2 scones
- Serving size: 1 scone
- Calories: 210
- Fat: 10.2 g
- Saturated fat: 4.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 26.9 g
- Sugar: 6.3 g
- Sodium: 101.3 mg
- Fiber: 1.8 g
- Protein: 3.8 g
- Cholesterol: 17.1 mg
- 50 g (1/3 cup) flour (AP, whole-wheat pastry, or spelt flour)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 8 g (2 tsp) brown sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp orange zest (~1/3 orange)
- 1 tbsp cold butter, cubed
- 2 to 2½ tbsp milk
- 35 g (1 tbsp) chopped pecans
- 25 g (~1/3 small) orange, chopped
- Pre-heat the oven to 450F and line a small tray with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and orange zest.
- Add the chopped butter and incorporate into the flour mixture with your fingertips or pastry cutter.
- Add the chopped pecans and orange pieces and mix gently to combine.
- Add in the milk, one tbsp at a time, until the dough is no longer dry.
- Divide the dough into two equal portions and drop each onto the parchment-lined baking tray. Sprinkle with raw sugar, if desired.
- Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.
Vegan options: substitute the butter for 1 tbsp solid coconut oil, and use the same quantity of a non-dairy milk.