Eat, Sarah, Eat

Exactly a week from today my plane takes off from the lovely city of Edinburgh and I will fly back across the pond to my awaiting family.  At breakfast this morning, my friend and I were reminiscing on how quickly the time in Scotland has flown by, and how grateful we have been for this wonderful experience.  Per usual, I started thinking about my travels based on my food adventures, so here is a list of the top things I ate while abroad.

Cheese and bread at IJ Mellis 

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Wine and cheese nights become a special dinner that my friends and I rallied behind.  We all would pitch in to create a beautiful spread.  Then would spend hours appreciating the food, wine, and good conversation.  We are having our last wine and cheese night today!

Tofu Teriyaki at Henderson’s Vegan Restaurant 

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Scotland might not have its fair share of health food, but I was able to find Henderson’s Restaurants in Edinburgh. Their fresh and nutritious food gave me a detox I needed a couple of times in the semester.

Danishes at Vedels Konditori 

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Honestly, I think the picture alone does this pastry justice.  If I could spend every breakfast eating this danish and latte I would.

Prince of Cambridge Scone at Gorgeous 

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There was nothing better than getting an afternoon tea and scone in between classes this semester.  Clotted cream was a game changer; a mix between butter and whipped cream to put on your scone alongside jam of course.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict at Patisserie Valerie

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Scotland’s smoked salmon demand is expected to drop very low after my departure.  I could not get enough of it! This was the best brunch meal I had.  Brioche bread topped with plenty of salmon, poached eggs, and ladled with hollandaise.

Biscoff (Cookie Butter) Tray Bake and Raspberry and Nutella Cake at Mimi’s Bakehouse 

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My sweet tooth was definitely satisfied abroad from all of the fabulous Scottish bakeries.  “Let them eat cake with a cup of tea” is my new mantra.

 

It’s Scone Be Ok

These past two weeks in Scotland have been a whirlwind of new sites, people, and culture, and at times it has been a bit overwhelming.  But when I feel homesick or out of sorts, I simply count the amount of things I’m sad about, then count the amount of things I’m happy about, and the latter always outweighs the first.

Here are a couple of things I am grateful for in Scotland…

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Friendly People 

Whether it is the kids in my program, kids I have met through clubs, or little old Scottish ladies who have literally stopped me in the street just to say hi, a lot of people are kind around here, and truly want to get to know you.

This is a bonfire set up by the hiking club I joined, which has a ton of down to earth people!

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Scones

This particular scone is called the Prince of Cambridge and has blueberries, raspberries, and white chocolate.  It is from Gorgeous, a local bakery in town.  A scone with a cup of tea is one of the loveliest ways to spend an afternoon break.

Today I grabbed a scone and tea with a new friend.  She is a post graduate at St Andrews from Germany, and we met on a Food Tour of St Andrews!

The Beach 

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The ocean is something that has always calmed me, and I am so lucky that there are three different beaches around my campus.  Salty air and water truly can cure many illnesses, and seeing the ocean reminds me that everything is going to be ok.

This week marks the beginning of classes and a routine, and I am excited to begin this next step of study abroad  🙂  A wise friend once told me “Something is going to happen” when I study abroad, and I am going to keep that perspective going forward.  Good and bad days make up life, but the experience and opportunities I have while abroad truly come once in a lifetime!

 

 

Bibi’s Cafe

Although I have not eaten out a lot since I arrived at St Andrews, I do have a lovely cafe that is perfect for when I want to grab a quick bite during the day.  It is called Bibi’s Cafe and it is located on North St going towards West Sands Beach.  St Andrews has only 3 main streets.  North, Market, and South.

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Bibi’s is a picturesque place, with beautiful baked goods lined up front, hanging lights, and charming posters.

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I have tried their scones and salads for the time being.  I can’t wait to try their breakfast and brunch options!  The fig walnut scone was delicious with a side of raspberry jam.  Perfect alongside the mint green tea I ordered.  I think a scone a day might become my special treat 🙂

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The Greek Salad and Mezze Plate were also delicious.  Their feta is good, with the perfect salty bite.  And their produce is all fresh, giving me a break from some of the heavier Scottish dishes.

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This past week was filled with club and society first meetings, so I have been very busy.  A couple days ago, I went to Baking Club and tried a wide variety of desserts.  The tablet was amazing, it is very similar to American penuche, just a little drier.  That is probably going to be one of my favorite sweets!

Classes officially start next week, and I am excited to start getting into a routine.  Although the past week and a half of adventure has been fun, I think it is time to settle into real life at St Andrews!

Blueberry Scones

This scone recipe from Bon Appetit is so versatile and is the same recipe I used for the Chocolate Chip Scones.  I added frozen blueberries for a change of pace and although it made the batter a little stickier than usual it turned out well.  I would even add white chocolate chips in with the blueberries, but alas my family does not enjoy that combination of flavors.

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Blueberry Scones (makes 12-14)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled salted butter, diced
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup (or more) chilled whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Turbinado (coarse) sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.  Add the butter and mix with your hands until a coarse crumbly texture forms.

Add the blueberries.  Whisk the egg, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl with a fork.  Gradually add the wet to the dry ingredients, mixing with the fork.  Add more or less milk depending on the dough formation.

Place 1/4 cup balls of the dough onto a baking tray and sprinkle with the coarse sugar.  Bake for ~22 minutes or until a tester comes out of the middle clean.  Serve alongside some fresh fruit and you have a delightful breakfast.

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Keeping with the Valentine’s Day chocolate theme, I decided to focus on  breakfast.  These scones are from Bon Appetit and are very easy to make.  The ingredients are probably all in your kitchen/ pantry so go whip up a batch now!  The scone itself is not very sweet, so it pairs well with the chocolate chips.  I used semisweet, but have also used dark chocolate in the past.  Pour yourself a cup of tea, or coffee in my case, and start the day of like the Queen.

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Chocolate Chip Scones (makes 12-14)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled salted butter, diced
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips (about 11.5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup (or more) chilled whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Turbinado (coarse) sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.  Add the butter and mix with your hands until a coarse crumbly texture forms.

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Add the chocolate chips.  Whisk the egg, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl with a fork.  Gradually add the wet to the dry ingredients, mixing with the fork.  Add more or less milk depending on the dough formation.

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Place 1/4 cup balls of the dough onto a baking tray and sprinkle with the coarse sugar.  Bake for ~22 minutes or until a tester comes out of the middle clean.  Cheerio!

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Scones

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Scones are one of my favorite sweets. They’re perfect for brunch or breakfast, and they taste amazing when paired with tea. Here is a simple recipe for soft, slightly sweet scones. They’re lovely!

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Ingredients:

2 Cups of Flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup of sugar

1 1/4 cups of heavy cream

3 tsp of unsalted butter

optional (3/4 cup of chocolate or cinnamon chips)

Directions

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, heavy cream, and chocolate/cinnamon chips

Transfer dough to floured surface. Sprinkle the dough with flour.

Knead the dough 10 times.

Use a rolling pin to flatten dough. Use a round cookie cutter and cut our the scones.

Brush the scones with melted butter. Sprinkle with 2-3 tsp of sugar (This is optional).

Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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