FIP Recipe – English Scones


The last book we reviewed was Mirror and Goliath – the book was set up in 18th century London. I thought, what a great idea it would be to essay a recipe from that time period. So off went FIP into the digital world looking for an 18th century English recipe.  Good lord, now I know why the author chose to set her story here. What a dark time! Almost all the recipes I found involved some level of animal blood.  Check this site out for fun.  And I use “fun” very loosely.

Then an idea struck me!  One of my favorite bloggers, AAGMA keeps mentioning real scones (vs the stuff we buy at Starbucks). I have to admit, I can’t stand those scones either, but I didn’t know any better – I couldn’t tell apart an authentic scone if it slapped me in the mouth.  So I found a recipe for a British scone, proper with Brit measuring.  And my loves – they were a hit! My 7yr old had two in one sitting.  I think I can make them prettier next time. My impatience makes me a terrible baker.  But here goes.

Link: Scone Recipe


This quantity will make 8 scones.  The link above is in metric, I’ve converted to imperial.

1 Cup plain flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter
1/4 caster sugar (I used more then the recipe recommended. I find powdered sugar slightly less sweet)
1/2 cup milk (slightly more, the measurement conversation say 0.634 cups of milk – do what you will)
1 medium egg



Preheat oven to 450°F / 230°C / gas 8 and lightly grease a baking tray.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Stir in the sugar. Add all the milk and mix lightly into a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead briefly. Do not overwork the dough or your scones will be tough!

Roll the dough out to 1.25cm / 1/2 in thickness and cut out rounds.

Place on the greased baking tray. Brush the tops with beaten egg and bake for 7-10 minutes or until well risen and golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack.



FIP Review: The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath

The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath

Author: Ishbelle Bee

Goodreads Summary: 

1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.

John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr. Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.

Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…

FIP Review: 

Wow!  Just Wow!  Mirror and Goliath is not a book that I would normally pick up, but there was something about the cover that caught my eye. So much for not judging a book by its cover eh?   Whatever the reason, I am so glad that I picked it up.  The writing is absolutely lyrical, the story telling gripping and the characters magical.   I love how Bee’s mind works.  She doesn’t just tell a story, she builds a world of interconnected characters and histories.  She wakes up the reader with her unconventional style. She gives you enough back story to see gray where you know you should be seeing black.  By the end of the tale, Mr. Loveheart, a whimsical murderer — shows heroic traits. And just as quickly as you see the good in him, Mirror cuts him off – reminding us that there was a reason why she thinks him unworthy of another visit.

All the characters are surely three dimensional, including Mirror and Goliath.  I have to say though, I’m left a little uneasy with the rushed maturing of Mirror and transformation of her relationship with Goliath. I want some input on how you guys read this.[SPOILER]  I think it turned romantic – but I got an weird vibe from it.  [/SPOILER]I liked them in the beginning.  I understand that Mirror was never really just a 5/6 yr old girl but really? Goliath?! and Egyptian Princess?

Apologies for the spoiler, I’m trying to tell you guys about the story without…. telling you the story.

Overall, I liked the booked. I’d say go grab it, its short its quick and it plain old fun. There aren’t lessons to learn here – just a classic tale of Good vs Evil.


FIP Recipe: Stuffed Burgers

The last book reviewed on FIP was The Opposite of Loneliness by Mareena Keegan.  She really reminded me of the all American girl next door. So its only natural that I pair her up with an all American Recipe w/ a FIP twist of course. Lets make stuffed burgers!


  • 2 lb Ground meat (chicken/turkey/beef)
  • 1 tbsp house seasoning (usually means salt/pepper/garlic/dry herb)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 6-8 cubes of a cheese that melts well. I would recommend mozzarella or a mix of mozz and monterey jack


In a bowl mix ground meat and seasoning.  Normally, the seasoning is enough to combine the ingredients however if your meat is super lean you may want to throw in an egg.

In your palm, roll 1/4 meat mixture into a ball (like an over sized meatball), then pinch a dent in the middle and here you place your cheese. You can use shredded cheese but I like to use cubed cheese I find it easier to handle.  Now ball up the meat over the cheese and cover completely.  Once the cheese is no long visible flatten into meat patty.

These can be cooked on a BBQ grill or you can pan fry them with some cooking spray.

You can also finely chop up jalapeno peppers, green peppers, onions, parsley, bacon or mushrooms and stuff alongside the cheese.  Be as creative as you want to be.

Fix up with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Pic courtesy: http://www.foodbeast.com/news/mid-atlantic-burger-chain-launches-stuffed-burgers-stuffed-beers/?sa=X&sqi=2&pjf=1&ved=0CDYQ9QEwEGoVChMIyMmHwt_zxgIVyhc-Ch2pAAoH


Let’s Get Side Tracked

The story of my blog may as well mimic the story of my life: side tracked by fashion.

Here is an interesting article on how to dress to impress without going broke.


The author suggests goodwill and vintage stores, I don’t know but I have a hard time dealing with that. I’m an innate germaphobe — and there is something otherworldly about wearing something for the first time. Recently I’ve been saving and saving and saving for a Chanel bag (5,500) — and when I had enough money I didn’t have enough heart to spend it all in one place.  There is a lot of good to be done in the world, I don’t know if my Chanel will help end world hunger of work towards world peace.  Understanding my dilemma, my friends introduced me to the world of vintage Chanel (check out Poshmark.com/Etsy.com). The bags were half the price – and some in very good condition but I just felt like so much could go wrong in the transaction.

So here I sit – Chanel bagless, my pumps have no matching bag and my brain as indecisive as ever.  I know which bag/color and all – I just don’t know if I can justify $5,500 on a middle class living standard? Thoughts?

I know! Maybe I should stop binge watching Gossip Girl on Netflix and I won’t drool over B’s wit or her wardrobe. #sadface


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The FIP Horizon

Summer’s been keeping me busy, nonetheless I’ve got some fun stuff planned for you folks.

Look out for exciting reviews:

  • Kass Morgan’s The 100
  • The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee


  • Summer BBQ burgers w/ a twist

Perhaps we’ll discuss a new subforum within the blog and a beauty give away!! Keep following!