Why are homemade English muffins necessary to your life? Eaten for breakfast, slathered in melted butter and honey, they are sublime. And have you ever put your grilled hamburger on one? Beyond good. If you go to the trouble to make these yourself you must fork-split them, which means going around the circumference of the muffin plunging the tines of a fork towards the center until the muffin breaks open. The irregularity of the cut is what creates all the famous nooks and crannies for capturing precious juices.
THE ACADEMY'S SOUTHERN BISCUIT
We don't care who you are - nobody has the time or desire to make a flaky croissant first thing in the morning. If you are making croissants, then you are baking four hundred of them and opening up a patisserie. We assert that pastry has personality; the croissant is haughty and refined.
The biscuit, on the other hand, is a plucky little fireplug with a can-do attitude. He is the friend to every meal and will even do appetizer duty if you but ask. He has a wide-open smile ready to accommodate ham or melted butter. He just wants to be loved. Folding the pastry a few times creates layers - a nod to its French cousin, the croissant.
We all know dinner is fun with all the wine and cocktails flowing and the subsequent revelry, but you might be surprised to find that breakfast can be even more fun. You will rehash last night's events and make new plans for the day, so the meal is suspended between past and future.
On a yoga retreat at OmBase Yoga, the Zen master presented us with this smoothie, and we are smitten. We know you will be, too. It's appropriate for all diets, except someone with a nut allergy. Namaste.