What’s Cooking: Berry Shortcake

I’ve been craving strawberry shortcake for a few weeks–every time I buy a carton of strawberry I promise myself that I will save enough to make it. But then I eat them all before I get around to it.

So for our date night, I improvised and used some mixed berries that I had in the freezer. The results were delicious. Derek even claimed it was “the best dessert ever”.

Shopping List

For the biscuits
*adapted from The Happy Herbivore cookbook
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 cup non-dairy milk

for the berry mix
1-2 cups frozen berries
1-2 tablespoons sugar

for the whipped cream
1 can full fat coconut milk
powdered sugar to taste

Be warned–the whipped cream needs to be refrigerated overnight and the berries can take several hours to thaw, so plan ahead.

To make the whipped cream, pour the coconut milk into a tupperware container (I left out the runny part because I wanted it thick) and leave in the fridge overnight or until it becomes very thick. Whip in some powdered sugar to taste. If you don’t have a big sweet tooth, you could leave it out all together.

For the berries, simply toss the frozen berries with some sugar and leave out until they are room temperature and juicy.

The biscuits are just as easy. Preheat the oven to 425. Mix the dry ingredients together. Then stir in the banana. This might take a little muscle if you’re doing it by hand. Stir until little balls form. Then mix in the non-dairy milk until combined. Plop by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.

When everything is ready, pile the berries and whipped cream on top of the biscuit and dig in. Enjoy!

Moving Pains

Derek started moving his belongings from New Hampshire into my apartment in Marlborough last week. We’ll be here together until mid-July when we move to Allston. I’m thrilled to have him around more often, but we sure are making a mess of my apartment while we consolidate our stuff. Right now there are two table/chair sets in my bedroom, piles of clothes obstructing one side of the bed, a console table in my kitchen and soon there will be a box spring leaning up against the wall in my living room. And it’s going to get worse as he finishes his move.

Here’s to hoping that we both still think living together is a good idea by the time we get to Allston. 🙂

Good Things

I’m having the best day at work today. For real, the BEST day. Wanna know why? Ok, I’ll tell you…

First, I’m getting an intern. I’ve been hoping/asking for an intern for months and now that dream is coming true. And we’re not wasting any time–he starts on Wednesday.

Second, the prospect kit I developed last winter won an industry award. To be specific, it won first place as the best promotional campaign in the print and packaging industry. I certainly didn’t work on it alone, but I was a key player. And it feels real good to win.

Finally (I saved the best news for last), I got a promotion! You can now proudly state that you know the Marketing & Communications Manager for iPROMOTEu. [happy dancing and high-five’s to all]

BEST.DAY.EVER. I don’t know what I did to deserve so much good news all in one day. It’s quite overwhelming. But I am thankful and elated.

Now if only 5:30 would get here faster so I could celebrate properly.

Today

If you were to ask how my day went, this would be my reply:

9:30- meeting

11:00- meeting

1:00- meeting

2:00- meeting

3:00- meeting

3:30- conference call

4:30- conference call

6:00- doctor’s appointment

7:00- beer

Office life is kinda ridiculous sometimes. Hope you had a good one.

Love,

A

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