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It seems impossible that summer is at the halfway point. This little biscuit recipe is melt-in-your-mouth amazing and the added summer flare of fresh spinach, strawberries and ripe cheese take it over-the-top.
I’ve been on a couple of beautiful picnics this summer where I indulged in cornucopias of local produce and fresh baking. Really, aren’t those the way all summer nights should be spent?
I love the idea of buying fresh food each day: a fresh baguette for dinner served with delicious spreads, a platter of fruit picked up from the market or a nearby orchard, a crisp salad with lettuce from the garden and truffle chocolates made with freshly skimmed cream. I imagine this is how the French do it, which naturally makes it seem very romantic.
In point of fact, there is a law in France (Décret Pain) that says traditional baguettes have to be made where they’re sold and can only use four ingredients: wheat flour, water, salt and yeast. Since there are no preservatives in the bread, it goes stale within 24 hours so they have to eat the bread in a day.
I’ve never been to France but I learned this fact in a box of truffles I ordered from Vosges Haut Chocolat. The card described an experience the chocolatier, Katrina, had in France of buying bread and truffles daily. Each chocolate bar they make comes with instructions on how to consume the chocolate, describing how to engage each sense, which is much like what BBC Good Food says about French bread. I can’t recommend Vosges enough. Katrina is incredibly adventurous in her creations and really dedicated to the love of chocolate.
But this recipe contains no chocolate. It could, but it doesn’t. It does, however, include a song. I really wanted to post the video for John Southworth’s “Sunday Brunch Buffet”, which I watched many times on Bravo when I got home from school years and years ago. The song still gets stuck in my head whenever I’m talking about brunch or Sundays or buffets.
Since the video for “Sunday Brunch Buffet” has all but disappeared I choose a song by a current band called Lightning Dust from Vancouver. Although their work up to this point has been folksy, their new album incorporates a lot more synths. They still offer up a dreaminess in their music, like in this song, “Diamond”.
The Summer of All Parts Biscuit (with Spinach, Strawberry and Feta)
(Adapted from Salted Sky‘s Recipe)
Makes 10 biscuits