Scones & strawberry chia jam
We all know that there are people who are actually starving, we know that people are suffering in Nepal right now, we know that people in Syria are being killed every day and we know that there are countless children in the world who are in danger, who are hurting, who lost their parents and families, who are being shot on the streets.
We on the other hand, sit in the comfort of our homes, eating pizza and watching a movie on the sofa, cuddling with our children who can go to the fridge and grab something, who receives education 5 days a week, but wait, let's not go that far - our children have clean water to drink.
How is it to be someone in Nepal or Syria right now? We will never know. Hopefully we will never know. But hopefully we will remember those people and try to make little changes in our lives to help them because we are fortunate to be born in the "right" side of the world.
Germany and Europe is facing the issue of refugees right now. It's a huge topic and occupies everyone here after a few disasters involving refugee boats (one can not call them ships) in the Mediterranean sea.
I am looking at this public discussion from the side, because I am a foreigner myself, even if not a refugee and I just can't believe how much goodness and narrow-mindedness can coexist in the world.
I hear about so many people who actually help those people, they donate clothes, collect furniture, help them go to official offices and translate for them and at the same time I hear about a refugee center being burned by extremists.
Hate is still very much alive in Germany.
Those people, or at least some of them, are running for their lives, and are being "kept" here in closed facilities, sharing beds with other refugees, doing nothing the whole day but stare at the walls (or pick fights because there is nothing else to do), just waiting for someone to give them an answer already, do they get a shelter or are they being deported. Some of them spend years and years in these facilities, not allowed to leave them, till they get their papers.
I don't know what I am trying to say.
I guess I know how hard it is to be new here, to not know the language, but it was easier for me because I had my husband, I could very easily get a visa to be here, to work, to live.
And if it was difficult for me, then how difficult it is for them? And on top of that we are talking about people who had to run away from their countries, who fled. I just took a plane.
We are misusing every day the fact that we are born on the "right" side of the world. But what is so right about it? How do we, lovely westerns, decide where is "right" and where is "wrong"? Who gets to come here and who stays there and probably dies? How can we tell them they are not allowed to come just because fate made them be born in a different area of the world?
20g agave syrup
3tbsp chia seeds
For the scones (makes 8):
3tsp baking powder
110g butter, very cold
100g agave syrup
Mash the strawberries with a potato masher or a fork, not a blender and mix with the agave syrup and chia seeds. If your strawberries are not super sweet you might need to add a bit more agave.
Leave in the fridge over night. It's better to mix it a couple more times while it sits in the fridge.
To make the scones preheat the oven to 180C.
Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a big bowl or a mixer bowl. Dice the butter and mix it into the flour. You can use a mixer or rub the butter into the flour with your fingers till the mixture resembles sand.
Mix the agave syrup, egg, cream and milk in a separate bowl and leave a bit aside for the egg wash. While the mixer turning add the liquid and let it mix till it forms a nice dough (don't let it overdo it though).
Put the dough onto a floured surface, knock it down a bit to straighten it (it should be 2.5-3cm high) and using a scone cutter (or a round cookie cutter if you don't have a scone cutter) cut the scones. You would probably need to bring the dough together a few times to use it up.
When you cut the scones make sure that you bring the whole form down at the same time. If you put your pressure on one side of the cutter, your scones will not be straight on the top.
Brush with the egg wash and bake for 15-20 minutes till they are golden on the top and brownish on the bottom.
Serve the scones with the jam and whipped cream.